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$400 Budget PC - Need Confirmation of Compatibility

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July 10, 2012 11:11:08 PM

Are these parts compatible with each other?

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: $400 Total

Mostly for Photoshop, After Effects - medium rendering in general, and medium gaming.



$59 Mobo ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Capacitor/d...

$110 CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Black-3-4Ghz-4000MHZ/d...

$70 GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6670 http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Radeon-CrossFire-Graphic...

$17 DVD Writer Asus DRW-24B1ST http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR...

$46 RAM (x2) Corsair XMS3 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZDJ42O/ref=ox_sc_a...

$50 Case NZXT M59-001BK http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Tower-interior-chassis-M5...

$40 PSU Cooler Master RS500-PCARD3-US 500W http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-ATX12V-RS50...

Already have (but need confirmation of compatibility) Hitachi SATAII 3 Gb/s 7200RPM HDD

Already have monitor, keyboard, mouse

Thanks for your time.

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July 10, 2012 11:26:30 PM

Some here will have suggestions for 'improvements' in your choices. But, yes, all those components will be fully compatible with each other, and will do what you want for the budget you've set.
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July 11, 2012 6:06:58 PM

I'm wanting to change the graphics card to
HIS Radeon HD 6670 because of the DDR5 for $70 after 10 dollars rebate
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-H667F1GD-Radeon-Eyefinity-Dis...

And also swap the RAM for
Vengeance 1600MHZ http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...
I'm aware that my motherboard supports 1600MHZ after tweaking the bios


So the revised build would be:

$59 Mobo ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Capacitor/d...

$110 CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Black-3-4Ghz-4000MHZ/d...

$70 HIS Radeon HD 6670 http://www.amazon.com/HIS-H667F1GD-Radeon-Eyefinity-Dis...

$17 DVD Writer Asus DRW-24B1ST http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR...

$49 RAM Corsair Vengeance http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

$50 Case NZXT M59-001BK http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Tower-interior-chassis-M5...

$40 PSU Cooler Master RS500-PCARD3-US 500W http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-ATX12V-RS50...


Once again, are they compatible?
July 11, 2012 6:11:11 PM

Mettalarch said:
I'm wanting to change the graphics card to
HIS Radeon HD 6670 because of the DDR5 for $70 after 10 dollars rebate
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-H667F1GD-Radeon-Eyefinity-Dis...

And also swap the RAM for
Vengeance 1600MHZ http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...
I'm aware that my motherboard supports 1600MHZ after tweaking the bios


So the revised build would be:

$59 Mobo ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Capacitor/d...

$110 CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Black-3-4Ghz-4000MHZ/d...

$70 HIS Radeon HD 6670 http://www.amazon.com/HIS-H667F1GD-Radeon-Eyefinity-Dis...

$17 DVD Writer Asus DRW-24B1ST http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR...

$49 RAM Corsair Vengeance http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

$50 Case NZXT M59-001BK http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Tower-interior-chassis-M5...

$40 PSU Cooler Master RS500-PCARD3-US 500W http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-ATX12V-RS50...


Once again, are they compatible?


Yes, however I will say a couple of things. First make sure you get the low profile version of that Vengeance RAM if you ever want to overclock. And second Cooler Master has a horrendous reputation when it comes to power supplies. The Corsair CX430 / CX500 will be a far better choice for the same price. The best choice would be the Seasonic S12 II 430 or 520W versions but those will run you $10 - $20 more.
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July 11, 2012 6:36:25 PM

even on a tight budget, the last thing to cheap out on is the PSU. please replace that CM. if you need to "rob" from something else; running 1333 RAM won't be much of a performance hit except running benchmarks, if at all.
XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W $50.99
$40.99 after mail-in rebate card $4.99 Shipping

this will be fine, i have never had a problem or lacked performance using this myself.
PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $39.99
July 11, 2012 9:01:17 PM

Mettalarch said:
Ahh I see.
I'm not going to overclock the RAM and I just found out the Phenom won't support 1666MHZ...

Would 430W work fine with my build?

If so, then I'll have to change to RAM


But I can't decide...

Kingston for $45
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-1333MHz-KHX13...

Or

Corsair for $42
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333mhz-PC3-10666-240-pin...


Then pop in the CX430 for $45
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-430-Watt-Certified-Compat...


Yes - the Phenom II won't work with 1600MHz RAM. But 430W is plenty for your build.

I'd go with the Kingston RAM - they've been around a long time and have some of the lowest fail rates in the industry. Plus it's low profile so if you ever decide to get an aftermarket cooler you won't need to worry.
July 11, 2012 9:07:45 PM

You can use 1600MHZ RAM. It will work fine. It will just default back to 1333MHZ. In fact, it may even be a bit more dependable than 1333MHZ memory.
July 11, 2012 9:12:15 PM

clutchc said:
You can use 1600MHZ RAM. It will work fine. It will just default back to 1333MHZ. In fact, it may even be a bit more dependable than 1333MHZ memory.


Really I've heard the opposite even from AMD techs themselves. I know motherboards default to the lowest speeds but I always thought AMD had a limit of 1333 and wouldn't recognize 1600.
July 11, 2012 9:24:05 PM

My previous AMD build I did, I used 1600MHZ memory. It worked fine. It just defaulted to the processor's memory controller speed. The build was a PHII X4 965BE and a Asrock AM3+ board.
Some Phenom IIs will allow O/Cing the memory to 1600MHZ thru the BIOS, but I never tried it.
July 12, 2012 6:18:34 PM
July 13, 2012 3:26:29 AM

Quick question Why has no one recommended a fx 4100 which is around the same price?
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