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June 8, 2012 8:00:50 AM

Hi guys, I was just wondering, whether my new build (if and when i buy it) is compatible. Also how do i check how many ram pins my motherboard supports?

Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 650W Power Supply (RS650-PCARE3)
i5 3570k
Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX Motherboard - Intel Socket LGA 1155 (What does 2x2 DDR3 ram mean?)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB(2x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 1600MHz / PC3-12800 - Latency 9-9-9-24
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7850 Overclocked Video Card - GDDR5 2048MB 256-Bit - 920 / 5000MHz Clocks
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - 120mm Cooling Fan
-What HDD should I get? I currently have a 5400rpm one, should I upgrade to a 7200rpm one?

*I am not looking to overclock unless its already overclocked, and I am not looking to Crossfire/SLI my graphics cards.

Any help appreciated
Thanks
~JJ1217

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June 8, 2012 8:09:11 AM

I would get an h77 MoBo to take advantage of PCI Express 3.0. Since you don't plan to OC, you can get the i5 3550. "K" series CPU's are for overclocking.

Up to you if you want to reuse your HDD. You get to shave of a few bucks if you do. If you want to upgrade, WD Caviar Blue. I would also think about getting an SSD. It will significantly improve boot times. Mushkin Chronos 60 Gb.

Since you don't plan to SLI, 550W would be enough. XFX Core Edition 550W. Also Cooler Master put fake labels on their PSU's. I wouldn't buy one from them.
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June 8, 2012 8:21:50 AM

Thanks, I was planning to buy an SSD to put Windows and BF3 on it. I will most likely get 120gb, any recommendations there? I heard to not even bother to overclock the i5 3570k, as its rather pointless (from friends).

Heres a new list, and it's cheaper as well. (I save $250 for buying it in this exact form, thanks a ton)

i5 3550
XFX Core Edition 550W
Asrock H77M
Corsair Vengeance 8gb
Sapphire HD 7850 OC
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
I'll keep my HDD, as I have read reviews stating the 7200rpm will be fairly redundant anyways, and I do not need alot of space.

Many Thanks
~JJ1217
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June 8, 2012 8:34:33 AM

The MoBo you chose is a micro-ATX board. You will lose space + features because of its smaller form factor. I would suggest getting an ATX MoBo. Something like the Gigabyte H77 D3H (note it does not have "M" on its name).

Crucial M4 128 Gb or Mushkin Chronos 120 Gb. They're both very good SSD's.
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