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November 20, 2012 8:21:11 AM

Hi!. I am looking for cheap computer with good/ok performance. I chose 1866 MHz memory to boost CPU and integrated graphic's card. I play games like CoH and SC 2.

Do these components go together or should something be changed. The Motherboard is mATX, but I think it can be installed to midicase without problems. Correct me if I am wrong. Of course I won't "win" anything with bigger case, but I like the idea about the power supply in the bottom of the case. Thank you for your answers.

CPU:AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler:Zalman CNPS5X Performa
Motherboard:ASUS F2A85-M LE socketFM2 DDR3
Memory:KINGSTON HyperX 8GB RAMKit 2x4GB DDR3
Storage:SEAGATE Spinpoint F3 3.5" 1TB SATAII 32MB
Case: Sharkoon MS120 mATX or Coolermaster ELITE 334U MID TOWER BLACK (Coolermaster model power supply can be added to the bottom of the case, but I am not sure does the case go with the motherboard)
Power Supply: XFX 450W PRO Core Edition V2 Full Wired 80+ BRONZE
Optical Drive:ASUS DRW-24B5ST 24X DVDRW
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
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November 20, 2012 1:58:07 PM

Yes, your listed components are all compatible with each other. Both cases will accept a Micro-ATX motherboard, so no worries there. I would suggest going with a SATAIII hard drive as opposed to the listed SATAII drive.

-Wolf sends
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November 20, 2012 2:15:23 PM

SATA two tops out at 300MB/s and the fastest 7200RPM drives can't break 200MB/s even when short stroked and doing all large sequential I/0. If wouldn't give SATA II vs III a second thought on 7200 RPM drives.

micro ATX fits in all ATX cases, it just won't have corresponding card slots for very many of the card blanks in the back of the case on larger towers.

I think this is a solid build for everyday stuff, but for gaming it will limit you to 720p resolution. The APU are better than traditional onboard graphics, but still are about like a $60 graphics card. If you are good with lower resolutions like 1280x720 or 1366x768 and medium-high graphics quality, I think you will be happy with the system. If you plan to use 1600x900 or 1920x1080 and/or ultra quality settings you will feel limited.

Here's Starcraft2 at 1366x768/High:



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November 20, 2012 4:18:38 PM

I think I will be using 1280x720, so I will be fine then. Thx for your info about sata differences :) 
November 20, 2012 4:21:29 PM

Graphics card? - if your gaming I wouldnt rely on an APU
Also whats your budget?
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