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December 3, 2011 9:45:57 PM

I'm hoping for this to be my last on my build, you guys have been a huge help and i just want to make sure everything i have is alright.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case

ASRock A55 PRO3 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 960T 3.0GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

HIS Radeon HD 6770 H677FN1GD Video Card with Eyefinity

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Retail

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power Power Supply

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

With regards to the dvd burner, could i just use one from my old computer? it might be too old or does it matter?

also will all these parts work fine togethor for gaming and such?

Thanks a bunch

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December 3, 2011 11:11:13 PM

Not gonna work...your motherboard is socket FM1, and the CPU is socket AM3. The components doesn't fit. You'll need either an AM3 or AM3+ motherboard (Backwards compatible). I would recommend using an AM3+ because it is much more upgrade able.
This MoBo will fit the bill:

Also, you can save some money on the case by going with the NZXT Gamma $36
and using the $35 saved to buy a Radeon 6850, which is 2 steps up from the 6770.
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December 4, 2011 6:33:49 AM

Best answer selected by lavalamp21.
December 4, 2011 2:10:57 PM

I would not recommend getting AM3 Motherboards, I would recommend you get AM3+ because it allows you to upgrade to a Bulldozer CPU in the future. Even if you're like "I'm never going to upgrade to bulldozer" I would still get it, you never know when you might change your mind...It's cheaper in the long run if you buy an AM3+ now than buying one later.

EDIT: Also, the AM3 motherboard you chose doesn't say it supports DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM, might want to check that out first.