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November 7, 2012 2:32:20 AM

Im new to building (i'm 13) and i need to know if these components are compatible with each other (I am a gamer, I need some tips for this computer)

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-RWN1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Motherboard: ECS A880GM-M7 (V2.0) AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G

Graphics Card: PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply: APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM

SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Burner: LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Sidenotes: -Will my GPU bottleneck my CPU?
-Should I a higher Hard Drive/SSD/Memory size? (I am a gamer)
-Any other tips?
(I got all the items from, so any sites you recommend?)

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November 7, 2012 2:45:37 AM

It's a good start - here's what I would suggest:

1. An FX-4300 is a better CPU for the price than the 965 is.

2. Apevia power supplies are complete garbage - do not purchase them. Get a Corsair or Seasonic instead.

3. Don't purchase an SSD on a budget - and Intel SSDs are not that good. Plus 120GB won't get you very far these days - you need a mechanical HD for this build. Get a 500GB now, add the SSD later on.

4. ECS motherboards are not that good, and if you get the CPU I mentioned you will need a 970 or 990FX and that's main,y due to the voltage requirements. Stick with Gigabyte or Asus.
November 7, 2012 3:23:14 AM

For the motherboard do you recommend the brands: Asus/ASRock/Foxconn