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May 21, 2012 6:22:18 PM

Hello everyone,

I come here to ask for some advice about a gaming build that I'm planning to make. Here's the components:

PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 500W Builder Series
Case: NOX Cyclops
RAM: Corsair Value Select DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB CL9
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core Black Edition
Mobo: Asus M5A88-M AM3+

I have a Dell computer from which I believe I can pick the DVD drive and the HDD, but I need some expert help to know if I can actually do that with a Dell's pc components:

The HDD is a Seagate SATA-II 3.0Gb/s, 156Gb capacity (which for me is enough for the time being), but my question is, Can I plug a SATA-II hard drive into a SATA3 slot?

Heres what the motherboard says about storage:

AMD SB850 controller :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

And heres the Optical drive info:

Media Type CD-ROM
Name TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H553A
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media
Config Manager Error Code Device is working properly

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May 21, 2012 6:35:21 PM

Doctopus said:
Hello everyone,

I come here to ask for some advice about a gaming build that I'm planning to make. Here's the components:

PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 500W Builder Series
Case: NOX Cyclops
RAM: Corsair Value Select DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB CL9
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core Black Edition
Mobo: Asus M5A88-M AM3+

I have a Dell computer from which I believe I can pick the DVD drive and the HDD, but I need some expert help to know if I can actually do that with a Dell's pc components:

The HDD is a Seagate SATA-II 3.0Gb/s, 156Gb capacity (which for me is enough for the time being), but my question is, Can I plug a SATA-II hard drive into a SATA3 slot?

Heres what the motherboard says about storage:

AMD SB850 controller :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

And heres the Optical drive info:

Media Type CD-ROM
Name TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H553A
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media


I forgot to mention I have an Nvidia GeForce GT220 GPU, which I am planning to upgrade as soon as I have some extra money, but my question is, can this build run games such as Diablo 3 and Path of exile?

Also I want to format the HDD (it has the factory Windows xp) and install a retail version of windows 7 64bits. Can it be done?

Thanks in advance
May 21, 2012 6:43:48 PM

Get an i3
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May 21, 2012 7:26:19 PM

sata ports are backwards compatible so that drive will work
May 21, 2012 7:54:42 PM

guerrero said:
Get an i3


Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE B3
CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155

Would this be a better bet? prices are the same as for the AMD Phenom II X4 and Asus M5A88-M AM3+




Thank you mad2 for your response.

May 21, 2012 7:57:32 PM

Doctopus said:
Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE B3
CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155

Would this be a better bet? prices are the same as for the AMD Phenom II X4 and Asus M5A88-M AM3+




Thank you mad2 for your response.


Yes i think that is the better bet. The i3-2120 is a great gaming cpu.
May 22, 2012 1:32:10 AM

Doctopus said:
Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE B3
CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155

Would this be a better bet? prices are the same as for the AMD Phenom II X4 and Asus M5A88-M AM3+




Thank you mad2 for your response.


Can you give me a link for the motherboard
May 22, 2012 10:25:57 PM

Im Mexican I can read the spanish haha it looks alright but I always worry that the chipset gets in the gpus way
May 22, 2012 10:51:55 PM

Oh well then nothing to worry about :D 

What do you mean about the chipset getting into the Gpu's way? if you dont mind explaining.
Also now that you meantion it, I noticed that in this motherboard the GPu would be upside down, is that normal? in my current computer it is not that way.

http://www.xgcdb.com/pub/gc/xfx_geforce_gt_220_gt-220x-...

Thats the GPU. Im worried that it won't fit

So according to both of you the i3 is the way to go, so I guess that's the definitive choice then.

Thank you both for the responses :) 
May 23, 2012 2:02:59 AM

Doctopus said:
Oh well then nothing to worry about :D 

What do you mean about the chipset getting into the Gpu's way? if you dont mind explaining.
Also now that you meantion it, I noticed that in this motherboard the GPu would be upside down, is that normal? in my current computer it is not that way.

http://www.xgcdb.com/pub/gc/xfx_geforce_gt_220_gt-220x-...

Thats the GPU. Im worried that it won't fit

So according to both of you the i3 is the way to go, so I guess that's the definitive choice then.

Thank you both for the responses :) 


That the GPU might be too long and the chipset would get in the way but i doubt it
!