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February 19, 2012 9:06:53 AM

Gday Guys

Im about to build my first pc and i was wondering if i could get someone to check over my parts for compatibility

Ive done alot of research myself and come into some issues with the RAM, im buying all my parts off
pccasegear.com.au because i live in Australia and it's convenient, the majority of the ram im looking for has that it is for motherboards using Intel and doesn't say anything about AMD CPU compatibility, i read up on this and all i can gather is that i may have to change the Latency, MHz and volts manually in the BIOS as that AMD does not have Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Support.

Was just wondering if someone can clarify and give some information on what the difference is please and also that the corsair vengeance ram runs at 1.5 volts and some people on the net are saying this is causing them booting issues and to up the volts to 1.65 to run without a problem.

Another problem i came across as that the GPU i want (ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II 2GB)

GPU = http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

As this card is large that it may not fit in some motherboards, the specific motherboard im looking at is a
"Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5" This may be untrue but im not sure as this is my first build.

Motherboard = http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

also if someone could clarify this and could the GPU work in Crossfire or is it just to large?
Any help and suggestions greatly appreciated

Parts list

Motherboard = Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM = Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU = CoolerMaster GX 750W

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU = ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II 2GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU = AMD FX-6100 6-Core

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD = Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB WD5000AAKX

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical Drive = Sony AD7280SGB DVDRW OEM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case = NZXT Phantom White

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

More about : time build info

February 19, 2012 2:54:43 PM

The GPU will def. work with the motherboard. it might be a tad bit difficult to crossfire, because the GPU is so large but its okay if your willing to use the pci express 2.0 x8 slot instead of x16 slot (really not that big of a difference in crossfire anyway). As for the ram it is always great to look on the motherboards manufacturer website and check for compatible ram. i will link you to some here:

FOR $30 more you get 16gb ram @ 1600 : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

and it is compatible ive checked a couple of the corsair ones and this is one of the only ones i found that are compatible.
February 20, 2012 3:39:11 AM

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Another problem i came across as that the GPU i want (ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II 2GB)

GPU = http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=16939

As this card is large that it may not fit in some motherboards, the specific motherboard im looking at is a
"Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5" This may be untrue but im not sure as this is my first build.


The size of that card is seriously ridiculous. I never recommend it because it's so large and blocks three of your PCI slots. Try this instead:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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pccasegear.com.au because i live in Australia and it's convenient, the majority of the ram im looking for has that it is for motherboards using Intel and doesn't say anything about AMD CPU compatibility, i read up on this and all i can gather is that i may have to change the Latency, MHz and volts manually in the BIOS as that AMD does not have Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Support.


RAM isn't CPU specific. What you have to watch for is the voltage, Sandy Bridge requires 1.5V, while most AMD CPUs will require 1.6V or 1.65V.

I'd seriously hesitate to recommend the FX-6100. It's had so many issues both hardware and software that it's hard to recommend it.

Go with this setup instead - it's far better:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
RAM: Kingston Hyper X 8GB - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

And then swap your PSU for this - a lot of Cooler Master PSUs are mis-certified and mislabeled. Try this one instead:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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February 20, 2012 7:41:09 AM

Thanks for the info guys greatly appreciated, I was also looking into an eyefinity system as well that's why I was looking at the 6970 I looked at the corsair website and found the ram in the AMD section I had in the original post but I will consider this ram for sure

Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I'll have to do more research on intel gear only really been looking at AMD CPUs what one is better for gaming or just outright performance?

Any tips I should know about eyefinity? I heard ALOT of problems that come with it, 

Cheers:) 
February 20, 2012 8:01:02 AM

Intel is actually better value for money across all levels in gaming at the moment. At the price level you are talking about, it is better for everything else as well. I suggest the i5 2500k, as a great one for the price, especially if you will use it mostly for gaming. The 2500k is also quite easy to overclock if you need more performance at some point.
February 20, 2012 3:32:22 PM

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Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=17933


You for sure want to watch the tall heat sinks if you get the Vengeance RAM - if you plan to purchase an aftermarket cooler they will make installing them insanely difficult. 16GB isn't necessarily needed for a gaming system - 8GB will be fine and you'll most likely never use the full 16GB.

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I'll have to do more research on intel gear only really been looking at AMD CPUs what one is better for gaming or just outright performance?


As was previously stated the i5-2500K is pretty much the defacto standard for gaming right now - it will run circles around anything else on the market right now. There's been tons of problems associated with FX both hardware and software wise. I'd suggest reading this as it clarifies a lot of the issues associated with FX: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-hotfix-bu...

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Any tips I should know about eyefinity? I heard ALOT of problems that come with it,


I've done a lot of Eyefinity setups and I've never had a single issue with it, and that includes cards ranging from professional Fire Pros to gamer-centric cards like the 58XX and 68XX and 69XX. The setup I'm using now is running an Eyefinity card - the Sapphire Radeon 5830 and I've never had problems with it. I think the problems mainly come from more the manufacturer than anything else, the cards I've used have never had problems.
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