First build! Help!! Need advice and compatibility check!!

Mostly going to be used for gaming. If you have any ideas for something I shouldn't need or something I need to place or even if all the parts are compatible. I want to make sure before I purchase them. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!


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  1. I'd recommend the following:

    1. Swap the memory for DDR3-1600 with good timings.
    2. Swap the motherboard and processor for a 2500k and compatible board.

    End result will probably be about $60-$70 more, but the 2500k will DESTROY the Phenom.
  2. thanks! any other advice?
  3. The thermal material remover is pretty pointless for a new CPU - you don't need it.

    And I just wouldn't recommend going AMD right now - it's really hard to recommend AMD on any setup right now. Get this instead:

    - Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498 - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $149.99
    - CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 - 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    - RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095 - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $44.99
    - PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020 - Corsair TX650 - $89.99

    That will give you a far superior setup to the original build. Take that $10 you'd save on the compound remover and replace your GPU with this:

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948 - Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
  4. And listen to this ^ honest person. Don't take my word for it - look at his sig. :)
  5. Chaz21 said:
    And listen to this ^ honest person. Don't take my word for it - look at his sig. :)


    :lol:

    I actually have two systems and one is based off the i3-2120 (the system I'm using right now) and I far prefer that to the Phenom, I am going to be switching that out with an i7-3770K later this year.
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