First Build Compatibility/ Parts Check (under $600)

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
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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
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