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Need Compatibility Advice With 1st-Time Build

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December 30, 2011 1:36:25 AM


I'm going to do my own build for the 1st time. I've pretty much settled on the pieces, and I just need to find out if the components I've selected have any compatibilty issues. I do know the RAM I've chosen will work despite not being listed on the MB's QVA.

Approximate Purchase Date: Immediately, as soon as I confirm compatability

Budget Range: No more than $550 U.S. Less, if at all possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home, Medium-Resource Level Gaming (Not 3-D 1st-Person Shooters), Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, CD/DVD Burner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: See list below

Overclocking: Probably No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 800 x 600 (min) 1152 x 864 (max)

Additional Comments: Going for budget items with a shelf life. Replacing PC that's 6 years old.

Here's what I've selected so far:

CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 631 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 $84.99

Motherboard - ASRock A55 PRO3 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $81.97 ($74.99 + $6.98 shipping)

RAM - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) $34.99

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda ES ST3400620NS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive $69.99

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Case - APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $29.98 ($19.99 + $9.99 shipping)

Case Fan - MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan $4.98 ($2.99 + $1.99 shipping)

PSU - COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 $25.99 ($40.99 - $15 rebate)

Video Card - PNY VCGGT5201XPB GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP $43.98 ($49.99 + $3.99 shipping - $10 rebate)

WiFi Adapter - Rosewill RNX-N150PCe $11.99

Wireless Modem - TP-LINK TL-MR3220 3G/3.75G Wireless Router Compatible with 3G USB Modems IEEE 802.11b/g/n $34.99

Total Cost - $523.84

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December 30, 2011 1:51:07 AM

Sounds like everything is compatible with each other and should have no problems. The PSU sounds a little on the weak side if you were ever to upgrade video cards or something, but for that current setup it should be fine.
December 30, 2011 11:26:08 AM

Thanks very much for the reply. :) 

I used the Power Calculator here:

and it told me I would be drawing in the mid 200 range, so I figured 450w was more than enough. The Card is going to be with me *knock wood* for at least 3 years if it doesn't get too outdated.