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First Build Compatibility/ Parts Check (under $600)

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May 21, 2012 2:37:27 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $500- $600 usd

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: any

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

Additional Comments: Here is the build thus far:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM 16 MB Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor AX6790 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full (32/64-bit) (N/A)
Total: $582.92

I'd really appreciate if someone could let me know if these parts are any good and if they are compatible. Any advice for a first time builder is welcomed as well. A major concern of mine is cooling. Will this build need anything extra to keep things from overheating? Finally, is 250GB enough or should I spend a little more to get the 500GB?

Thanks in advance!!! I really need the advice of all of you pros on here! :D 
May 21, 2012 2:49:49 AM

You can find RAM that is *definitely* compatible here:

Also note that there is a DVD drive of equal performance for a dollar less:

Finally, your PSU can furnish only 430w. I can't guarantee that it will be able to provide power to your system adequately. AMD recommends a minimum of 500w for the 6790.

EDIT: You can use this PSU if need be, but it's $15 dollars more:

Good luck with your build and have fun with the new games!
May 21, 2012 3:04:50 AM

Thanks for the advice!

I'm going to switch to the DVD drive and PSU you mentioned.

As for the RAM compatibility with my H77 Pro4/MVP, I didn't see the G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) on the list ( ).

Should I choose another?

Any recommendations on either the mobo or the RAM?
May 21, 2012 4:50:24 AM

Your RAM should be alright. I only mentioned that list because that's a great source for finding RAM that you know will 100% work... That's all.