First PC build

Hi im new to PC gaming and was wondering if these parts are compatible with each other

buying - this week
purpose - battlefield 3 multiplayer medium setting 720p

CPU - Phenom II X4 965 Black edition 45nm 125watts


Motherboard M5a97 amd 970 atx


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058G65UU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=A33Y0YQUZ2NYD5


for this motherboard do i look at the AM3+ or Am3 QVL list? the motherboard supports both but my cpu is am3 so i go with am3 qvl list of ram?


am3 QVL list RAM at asus website


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019MEIOM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A1K5TEWGLAP5J5


corsair cx 500 atx


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0MY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


also my motherboard has EATX 24 pin and one 8 pin ATX 12v power connector
my psu support one 24 pin main connector and one 8 pin cpu? i dont understand

hdd

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461K1QW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A3RV8Q6P0Y4MPF
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  1. You want documented ram compatibility with your motherboard, either from the QVL list or from the ram web site which is often more current.

    What graphics card will you be using? That is what determines the power a psu needs.
    I suspect the Corsair 500CX will be fine.

    For BF3 single player, the graphics card is all important.
    But in multiplayer and lots of participants, the cpu demand can become very high.
    This does not get benchmarked very well, since it is difficult to get a repeatable controlled situation.
    You might be interested in following this forum. I only got down a small part of it:
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33514470

    It leads me to think that basing your build on a X4 965 may not be that good. Intel chips are much stronger on a clock for clock basis.
    Check out the possibility of a 2500K. If you are near a microcenter, they will sell you one for $160, or a 3570K for $190.
  2. thats too much money for me right now i can go with a i3 but the quad core will help me on battlefield 3's multiplayer. The gpu is a 560 ti. I dont mind playing on low/medium settings no AA no 1080p vanilla maps.

    geofel I did look at the motherboard qvl list but theirs 2 one for am3 and am3+. My cpu is am3 so i should go with the am3 qvl list right?
  3. kingtato said:
    thats too much money for me right now i can go with a i3 but the quad core will help me on battlefield 3's multiplayer. The gpu is a 560 ti. I dont mind playing on low/medium settings no AA no 1080p vanilla maps.

    geofel I did look at the motherboard qvl list but theirs 2 one for am3 and am3+. My cpu is am3 so i should go with the am3 qvl list right?

    I think you should check a ram web site. Access their configurator and enter your exact motherboard brand and model.
    You can safely buy any kit that shows up as supported.
    You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
    Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
  4. geofelt said:
    I think you should check a ram web site. Access their configurator and enter your exact motherboard brand and model.
    You can safely buy any kit that shows up as supported.
    You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
    Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".


    thanks I went to the kingston website and got 4gb ddr3 hyper x 1600mhz cl9 dimm.
  5. kingtato said:
    thanks I went to the kingston website and got 4gb ddr3 hyper x 1600mhz cl9 dimm.


    Is that a single dimm?
    If so, you might do better with a 4gb kit composed of 2 x 2gb so you can run double channel.
  6. its a one stick. whats better

    2 2gb 1333mhz value ram
    or
    1 4gb 1600mhzhyper x
  7. kingtato said:
    its a one stick. whats better

    2 2gb 1333mhz value ram
    or
    1 4gb 1600mhzhyper x


    2 x 2gb of 1333.
    AMD cpu's are sensitive to ram speeds, so dual channel will be better.
  8. geofelt said:
    2 x 2gb of 1333.
    AMD cpu's are sensitive to ram speeds, so dual channel will be better.


    oh ok. Ill be buying the new build today/tomorrow
    One more question the cpu is 45nm the mobi says it support am3+ 32nm is that a problem? the cpu is am3 not am3+, does "nm" affect compability?
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