Compatible, and reccomendations? My first build

- My main goal in posting this is to see if the parts I selected are compatible with the motherboard I chose. I have bought all the parts except for the motherboard. However, if I messed up something besides the motherboard then let me know haha.
- I also want to know if they make sense given my reasons for buying a computer. Any advice/comments are appreciated though.

here's the guide template

Approximate Purchase Date: Most parts have already been purchased - so, asap.

Budget Range: Mid range (expensive cpu, basic other parts*)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, though not a hardcore gamer - I want a computer that will run SC2 and Diablo 3 well, but I'm not a graphics freak. I also want a computer that will last a long time - thus the expensive cpu. I don't buy the latest and greatest games, just been an sc1 and diabloII fan for quite some time.

Parts Not Required: n/a. The only part I still need to buy (assuming everything is compatible) is the motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything that invisibleHand reccommends (lowest price).

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Compatibility? n/a

Overclocking: Maybe - I have to read more on the subject. I know the 'guide to choosing parts' was saying that overclocking should be the norm if you're custom building a cpu. However I've never done it before.

SLI or Crossfire: No. I read that sc2 hardly benefits at all from multiple GPU's, plus I don't plan on having a hardcore gaming computer. I'm assuming that most games I will run won't require 2+ GPU's

Monitor Resolution: Bought a 19" samsung. Don't think this is applicable though.


Now I realize the template is for people who haven't bought parts, but I thought I'd add it in anyway. Here's the parts I bought. (I'll try to stick to Tiger direct or Newegg links)



*Closest I could find, the link isn't working anymore.
The actual specs of the one I bought are
Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB(1.05 lbs)

Optical drive
*having trouble finding the link and don't have the part in front of me. Shouldn't matter though, it's just an optical drive.


*Alright, This is a leftover budget GPU from a year and a half ago. This might get upgraded if the graphics bottleneck too much.

*This is the part I'm most unsure of. I have read to the point that I understand socket compatibility and chipsets. However, I don't know whether or not the memory will fit, along with other components (I saw the PSU has a PCIE port, though the motherboard only has one PCIE port which I assumed was for the graphics. Do I need 2 PCIE ports, one more for the GPU? I thought multiple PCIE ports were only used for SLI builds? Anyway,)

*Now I know the cpu is way expensive compared to all the other parts. Here's my reasoning. CPU's are what I feel give the computer it's longevity. From what I gather, a great power supply should be used when building a heavy graphics intensive workstation (adobe cs3, major gaming, video editing, etc.). Ram is easy to buy if you need more. Expensive motherboards seemed to have tons of features I wouldn't need. SSD's are useful in situations I don't really care about, plus I want to wait until enough research is done proving they last as long as HDD's. I could care less what the case looks like, and especially don't care about the optical drive. The CPU I feel is where the money should be spent.

Please let me know whether the motherboard will work for my parts. Also please point out any illogical reasoning I seem to have in buying the parts I do.

Thanks much, I appreciate your help.

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  1. As for the motherboard, Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 would most likely be perfect for you, giving you Gen3 support later on while still not breaking the bank.
    Since it runs about $125 bucks. It does also support SLI/Crossfire, but that's just a bonus.

    But also the one you have selected should work just fine. The only thing I am a little bit sceptical about is the memory, as you generally should have 1.5V ram with it.
    But then that is not really a big problem, if there are issues you can get 4 gigs of ram now for $25-$30. and 8 gigs for $50.
    1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz would be the ideal bang for buck specs in whichever size you decide to go with.
    And since dual channel memory is being used, go with 2x2GB or 2x4GB etc..
  2. Ha, it took me a bit to find what Gen3 support was on google, but that does sound like a possibility for my future, especially since my graphics card is probably the weak link for now.

  3. I do have one question actually. How would I make use of the SATA 6gbps? I was searching around for hdd's, and it seems they have extremely low transfer rate maxes in comparison. Does this mean the only way to get use out of this will be to buy an ssd down the road?
  4. Well obviously it's once again backwards compatible so you can use SataII drives with SataIII connection.

    And yes for SSD's SataIII is great.
  5. Yeah, I saw the backwards compatibility - I just wasn't sure if I understood the meaning behind that spec correctly. *Whether or not an ssd was necessary to make use of SataIII. I take it, it is.
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