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