System build component compatibility check and advice needed.

I am double checking compatibility of the following components, as well as asking for advice between two cpu’s and motherboard’s linked to below.

I am deciding between the two above cpu’s. One is 12 volts less while the other one has 348 more points in the passmark cpu mark test linked to below.


ram x 4

active mini displayport adapter

I am wondering if, since the card above has two mini displayports, one can have a desktop extended across four monitors with this single card through eyefinity.


I am debating between the above two motherboards. People are criticizing the asrock motherboard’s onboard audio in 2 of the 4 reviews posted, but should I care if I am not much of an audiophile beyond using the 3.5mm audio port? Also, will any sata cables work with the 6.0 ports, or will I need specific ones in order to avoid a bandwidth bottleneck?

The next components are ones that I already own, and wish to use.

sata dvd 5.25 drive

Also, is thermal paste even necessary, even if you don’t plan on overclocking? I would like to avoid using it if possible.

boot drive


power supply

Any and all advice before I shell out the cash is appreciated!
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  1. please fill out this form. your specs are in a mess
  2. If I must...

    Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

    Budget Range: 500-1100 american dollars

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and productivity

    Parts Not Required (unless incompatible):
    Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-SKN2-GP Black / Silver Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams

    sata dvd 5.25 drive

    3 x Hannspree SL231DPB 23" Class Widescreen LED Monitor

    SE198WFP 19-inch Wide-screen Flat Panel LCD Monitor from Dell

    Student license of windows 7 ultimate upgrade 64 bit

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg,amazon, and ebay

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences:

    Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W OR Intel Core i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W

    XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    4 x Pareema 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD316C81611L1

    2 x Accell B087B-006B UltraAV Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D Single-Link Active Adapter ATI Certified (Black)

    BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS OR ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 3 monitors 1920 x 1080p, 1 monitor 1440 x 900p

    Additional Comments: There are links and questions my original post.

    this suits you better. im pretty sure that the upgrade kits wont work as they are meant to upgrade from a previous onboard copy of windows which there is none when you buy the computer. you can probably go without a SSD but it will half your boot times and double productivity.

    also, you can probably go cheaper on the graphics card, but the gtx 670 maxes out every game out there on 1080p. if you are to go cheaper, get the 7850 as it does perform much better than the 6870
  4. biostar doesnt really make very good motherboards so i would go without them
  5. Thanks for the input!
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