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September 4, 2011 8:37:46 PM

I'm brand new at this whole "gaming computer" thing, and I want to have a local shop build me a gaming PC from these parts, and I do not know how to tell whether they will work together:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$19.99



GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard



$114.99



PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Now: $159.99
$139.99 after mail-in rebate



Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

$79.99
$69.99
$49.99 after mail-in rebate card


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL

$28.99

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX

$139.99



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$59.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Now: $59.99
$49.99 after mail-in rebate

Subtotal: 603.92

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Also, should I add in a cooler?
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
$27.99


All prices are taken from newegg.com.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2011 8:54:46 PM
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Nothing wrong with that setup. Your cpu will come with a heatsink/fan but if you want to add an aftermarket one make sure you are upgrading from the one that is included.
September 4, 2011 8:59:11 PM

inzone said:
Nothing wrong with that setup. Your cpu will come with a heatsink/fan but if you want to add an aftermarket one make sure you are upgrading from the one that is included.

Thanks for the reply, Inzone. With these components though, I have to wonder whether I'll see any tangible difference if I introduce liquid cooling to the equation. I don't want to strain the power supply, either.
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September 4, 2011 9:03:06 PM

Also, I just realized, I don't think this includes a sound card. Whoops!
September 4, 2011 9:21:12 PM

Nergal1 said:
Also, I just realized, I don't think this includes a sound card. Whoops!

You still have good enough on-board audio, though.
a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2011 9:43:17 PM

If you add water cooling then you have to account for the power to run the pump and fans on the radiator. You might have to increase the power supply if you havn't already bought it. It is always better to have too much than too little.
September 4, 2011 10:01:13 PM

inzone said:
If you add water cooling then you have to account for the power to run the pump and fans on the radiator. You might have to increase the power supply if you havn't already bought it. It is always better to have too much than too little.


This is true; however I do not want to wantonly spend money that I don't need to. Thanks for the advice!
September 4, 2011 10:02:07 PM

ZenithCS said:
You still have good enough on-board audio, though.


Well then that's a chunk of change I don't have to part with. Thanks!
September 16, 2011 11:03:30 PM

Best answer selected by Nergal1.
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