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November 13, 2012 6:10:09 PM

I'm putting together a new gaming rig and I think I know what I'm doing, but I'm no expert.
MOTHERBOARD: AS Rock 970 Extreme3
CPU: AMD Phenom ii x4 965
GPU: GTX 560 ti 2gb
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 8gb DDR3 1333
PSU: Corsair TX650
HDD: WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM
CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
CASE: AZZA Hurrican 2000

My power supply gonna be good enough? Will my GPU fit in that case? All around compatibility of parts? Anything going to significantly bottleneck another component? Did I forget any important parts?

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 6:29:11 PM

Made some improvements to your build.
You don't need such powerful psu.
Case is full tower so anything will fit into it
Changed ram to faster one
Changed gpu to more to more efficient PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($237.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza Hurrican 2000R ATX Full Tower Case ($124.04 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $756.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 15:26 EST-0500)
November 13, 2012 9:30:34 PM

If anyone else has anything to add, please post as I would like your opinion. So I can get a gtx 660 2gb for about the same as a gtx 560 ti 2gb? I think the gtx 660 2gb would be better but the fact that it's 192-bit bothers me. Does that even matter? Also, I noticed that the gtx 660 is pci express 3.0. The mobo says it's pci express 2.0. Could I use that card on that mobo? and if i went with the gtx 660, would the power supply still be enough? gtx 660 2gb or gtx 560 ti 2gb?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 9:42:35 PM

GTX 660 uses far less power than GTX 560/560 Ti and all PCIe 3.0 graphics cards are compatible with PCIe 2.0/2.1/1.0a/1.0/1.1 motherboards and CPUs (where applicable).

The 660 does have a mere 192 bit memory interface, but its very high memory frequency still lets it have decent memory bandwidth for its performance.

Give me a minute, I'll throw together a build for you to compare to the others.
November 13, 2012 10:01:16 PM

If your wondering if your AM3+ board will support AM3 the answer is, yes. The only difference there as that AM3+ supports higher voltage for memory and can support AMD Bulldozer. It actually is a great jumping off point for upgrading in the future. I'd stick with 1600 ram though.
My preference is Mushkin Enhanced Blackline series. 1600 8-lat or 7-lat is all you need.

Nice case. You could find something less pricier that looks just as sweet and upgrade the ram to 1600 lat-7 with the money you save :) .
Mid-tower suggestion that looks similar: $79.99
Unless you NEED that many bays for running a server. But this offers: 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
November 13, 2012 10:27:45 PM

Sure, my mobo supports 1600 but it has (OC) next to it which I believe means that I must mess with the bios to get it to work at that frequency. I had a problem with an ecs a780gm-a v1.1 mobo that said it supported 1066 ddr2 ram, but when I put it in and booted it was only working at 800mhz. Attempted to force it to 1066 in bios, but it just defaulted back to 800 again. Will the ram actually work at 1600mhz without having to do anything other than plug it in?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 10:31:39 PM

CPU AMD FX-6300 $139.99
CPU Cooler Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 $29.99
Motherboard MSI 970A-G46 ATX $77.95
Memory Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 $36.99
Storage Samsung 830 128GB $98.79
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB $74.99
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon WindForce 7950 3GB $299.99
Case Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower $34.99
Power Supply Antec VP-450W ATX12V $31.64
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Base Total: $843.31
Combo Discounts: -$22.00
Total: $821.31

A little more expensive than the others, but I went for higher performance in the process as well as with an excellent SSD. Just another set of options to consider.
November 13, 2012 10:57:26 PM

Thanks for your suggestion blazorthon. That is a solid build, but it must be known that I will only consider Nvidia GPU's. I really should have mentioned that in my first post, sorry. I still need an answer to my question about ram that is just a few posts up. My thanks to everyone that has posted so far.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 11:19:10 PM

I think that the ASRock 970 Extreme 3 would be fine with DDR3-1600, but I decided to avoid the issues altogether by suggesting a motherboard that shouldn't need an overclock to support DDR3-1600. Also, if you must have a Nvidia card, then this is my $300 recommendation:

Switch that out with the 7950 in my build and it's fixed.
November 14, 2012 4:20:09 PM
On this page, under the "overview" tab, it says that the mobo features Norton? I know this is gonna sound stupid, but if I use this mobo then would Norton already be installed somehow? and if it is then can I uninstall it and just use what I prefer? I hate Norton and seeing it mentioned on the features of a mobo that I want scares the hell out of me.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2012 4:31:30 PM

It's not going to force you to use Norton anti malware software. Having just looked at that, I'm more worried about whether or not it ships with an FX-compatible BIOS. It has FX-compatible BIOS versions, but I'm not sure if it ships with them or if you have to update it yourself with an older Family 10h CPU (Sempron/Athlon II/ Phenom II on AM3).
November 14, 2012 4:59:00 PM

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