Component Compatibility

Hello all,

The computer I built six years ago has finally thrown up the white flag. Its time to upgrade, and for the past couple of days I've been researching and compiling a list of parts to buy in my price range. I was hoping that you could take a look at them and let me know what you think, if you've had trouble with compatibility, etc.

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo)
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0x16
Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

I am reusing my full size Cooler Master tower and 850W power supply (which I replaced about a year ago, and believe has all the necessary connections). I do not plan on overclocking at this time, hopefully this will be good enough to cover my needs as a gamer and developer!

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  1. You'll need a Z77 board (or a 7 series board, in general), like the P8Z77-V Pro to be able to use the 3450 straight out of the box. A Z68 board (or any 6 series board) would need a BIOS update with a Sandy Bridge CPU installed first, to be able to use the 3450.

    Besides that, everything looks ok.
  2. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  3. I'm sure that getting that Z77 board is going to save me a lot of headaches, good catch. Thanks very much for checking it out!
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