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October 21, 2011 7:16:48 AM

So I'm a complete newbie at building computers, and this will be my first build. :wahoo: 

I have some parts that I want, but still need some advice on other parts. I'm estimating the total to be around $1400-$1500, not including shipping. I have found some good stuff on newegg.

I'm not even sure if these parts are compatible with each other, so could you guys help? Thanks. :hello: 

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $154.99

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $249.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 $74.99

Well, first I need some checkup on whether these are all compatible, and then I need some suggestions on a heatsink, processor, case, and hard drive. Oh, and I'm also going to need a wireless card. Thanks! :ange: 

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 21, 2011 7:40:30 AM

The graphics card and the motherboard are compatible.

The RAM however, the one you've listed is triple channel ram, and for SandyBridge motherboards you need Dual Channel. 1.5v, CL9, 1600MHz is recommended for "best-value-for-money". G.Skill and Corsair are popular choices.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 21, 2011 8:29:26 AM

change the RAM to 8gb (4gbx2)
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 21, 2011 9:26:41 AM

Emelth said:
change the RAM to 8gb (4gbx2)


+1 - your system will possibly never use 8GB, especially for gaming you'll never see it over 4GB, but the price difference is so little, its worth paying the extra in your initial build. Buying 2x4GB sticks also allows room for 2 more RAM sticks to be added in future if there's ever a worthwhile reason :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 21, 2011 10:09:44 AM

Never mind :p 
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 21, 2011 10:24:30 AM

EmoPopsicle said:
I need some suggestions on a heatsink, processor, case, and hard drive. Oh, and I'm also going to need a wireless card. Thanks! :ange: 
And how are we suppose to know your budget? And how can you be advised without knowing your usage?

Please do post your budget and usage and for your benefit if possible according to this thread - How To Ask For New Build Advice

Also, if you're not into overclocking (changing complex settings manually in the BIOS) I can recommend boards a whole lot cheaper (by close to $100!) which will do just as well. Even if you want to get an expensive board, you should still get something cheaper. You'll never need anything half expensive! Literally :) 
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October 28, 2011 1:51:46 AM

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