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First time diy, couple of questions

so i'm checking this out,
and its looking good to me, but then... i read this..

Quote: cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items.

so being paranoid i started doing extensive research and noticed that the motherboard and the RAM don't appear to be compatible at least not to my fresh pc building eyes

mobo, you can check the memory support list and the (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL) is NOT on there, however (F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL) is, perhaps im reading it wrong

ram page has a bunch of gigabyte boards on it but i dont see my exact board on there

so...worst case scenario?
should i buy different "compatible" ram?
any other suggestions are also welcome, price range is like 700-1200usd$

side note: i noticed the board only has 1 "system fan" spot, which should i plug into the mobo, front or back fan? or if there is anyway to get both regulated because as far as i know (my first ever build) you can either plug fans into mobo to be controlled or straight to the psu to just be on all the time(at 100% power?), correct me if i'm wrong.
I'm all for knowledge!

ive noticed allot of mixed reviews about it, personally looks great to me,
to make sure most of the hardware is in working condition before.. i screw it up putting it into the case
but some sites say it can damage parts, so what're your views on it?

does it push hot air out, or cool air in?
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  1. They will work together, your RAM is 240-pin and your motherboard requires 240-pin so dont worry about it you are good. Not every RAM is tested out on motherboards else it would take them forever to release boards, just imagine how many different types of RAM there and trying every single one. That would be annoying, so they usually just try a couple different types to make sure it is working properly
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    1. Do not check the "supported RAM" page...just check if the RAM is the same DDR (the newest computers are DDR3), if the motherboard supports your RAM clocking (1333Mhz will almost always work, but 1600 and up might require OCing, but the motherboard is compatible), and finally the voltage, Sandy Bridge can only take a RAM module with 1.5V (it might be able to take higher, but it might damage the board).
    2. Most fans have a 4 pin molex along with the system fan, so the molex from your PSU will be able to power the fan
    3. I personally would NEVER try an external build, just because i'm afraid I'll accidentally knock over the gfx card and break the PCIe slot.
    4. I've seen lots of people say it should push hot air out, but this tech guy from ASUS (on NeweggTV) said that the fan should point downward to cool the system because most core components of the computer is beneath the top fan.
    5. Also, would you mind telling us what combo you're wanting to buy? Chances are, we can help you build your own combo that will be as good as the combo if not better and also for cheaper.
    is the combo i'm looking at, its out of stock now, hope'ing it will come back, because it has allot of the components i'm looking for,
    gtx 560 ti (2gig BONUS!)
    and a decent looking case

    not sure about the micro ATX mobo, is there any negative differences between micro and full size?
    micro wasnt my first choice but, i dont have extensive knowledge on if it matters

    any suggestions are appreciated :)
    &thanks for the wisdom!

    for the external build i agree having your gfx card wobbling there is pretty sketchy
    if i was gonna do it, i would leave that out and use the on board hdmi/vga/dvi
    then install the card when i got it bolted in the case

    quick question
    the case fan has red LED
    the fan itself needs a molex but where do i plug in, i think its a 2pin for the LEDs?
  4. CPU: intel core i5 2500k $225

    Graphics: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti $220

    MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 $115

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70

    Case: NZXT Beta EVO $55

    HDD: Lenovo - Hard drive - 500 GB $70

    RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $38


    DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X $18

    It's really hard since HDD prices have gone up...
  5. Best answer selected by futuramafan.
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