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December 13, 2012 11:11:36 AM

Alright, so I'm planning on building my first PC by hand fairly soon, and was wondering if I could get some help checking the comparability of it all.

A list of the parts:

Motherboard: MSI A75A-G35 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply
- bundled with -
Case:Rosewill LINE GLOW ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,Dual USB 3.0
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBSQ
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: I was going to take the Nvidia 8400GS I have on my current PC, and upgrade that later since they're spendy.

Sound card: I need one of these for what I plan on doing, but I don't know what is good for a decent price to do quality music production.


QUESTIONS (besides the origional of if these parts are compatable):

1. Will this set up fit in a mid-tower?
I may want to upgrade my graphics card later, and I want to make sure it won't be too wide.

2. Can I fit 2 rows of RAM, 1 large graphics card, and a sound card on the motherboard?

3. Is the OS I selected a new install form? I was wanting to keep using my 450GB harddrive, and I will get an external HDD if I need to to back up my data. However, what would be the best way to keep all my info, but upgrade what I have, vista, to windows 7 on a new computer?


Please get back to me asap. Thankyou!
December 13, 2012 11:26:56 AM

In addition to this, are there any cables I would need to buy for within the computer itself, or will the parts come with it all?
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December 13, 2012 11:42:28 AM

Nope, its incompatible. You have a board with an FM1 socket and an AM3 chip.
The RAM you have picked is SO-DIMM, designed for laptops, not desktop.
The Rosewill Stallion PSU's are fairly low quality, wouldnt trust them for any system.
As for whether your old HDD would work will depend on whether its IDE or SATA, if its IDE your out of luck.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. You could try using an upgrade installation rather than a new install. Though I wouldnt advise this. Simplest solution to me is get a new HDD, isntall Windows to that then just plug in your old one.

The CPU comes with its own stock cooler, which will have pre-applied paste.

Everything you need should come with the components. Only exception would be SATA cables if you have a lot of drives (the mobo should come with at least two).

Whats your budget and usage for the system? As it seems to me your fairly out of your depth here, might be able to suggest a good system for you.
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December 13, 2012 12:06:59 PM

manofchalk said:
Nope, its incompatible. You have a board with an FM1 socket and an AM3 chip.
The RAM you have picked is SO-DIMM, designed for laptops, not desktop.
The Rosewill Stallion PSU's are fairly low quality, wouldnt trust them for any system.
As for whether your old HDD would work will depend on whether its IDE or SATA, if its IDE your out of luck.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. You could try using an upgrade installation rather than a new install. Though I wouldnt advise this. Simplest solution to me is get a new HDD, isntall Windows to that then just plug in your old one.

The CPU comes with its own stock cooler, which will have pre-applied paste.

Everything you need should come with the components. Only exception would be SATA cables if you have a lot of drives (the mobo should come with at least two).

Whats your budget and usage for the system? As it seems to me your fairly out of your depth here, might be able to suggest a good system for you.



I'm just looking for a decent system that will be able to be upgraded in the future. I've been looking around and it seems for $600 of less I should be able to get a decent system, with the exception of the graphics card, which I can upgrade later. I can go a little over, but I'd rather not.
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December 13, 2012 12:08:48 PM

manofchalk said:
Nope, its incompatible. You have a board with an FM1 socket and an AM3 chip.
The RAM you have picked is SO-DIMM, designed for laptops, not desktop.
The Rosewill Stallion PSU's are fairly low quality, wouldnt trust them for any system.
As for whether your old HDD would work will depend on whether its IDE or SATA, if its IDE your out of luck.

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. You could try using an upgrade installation rather than a new install. Though I wouldnt advise this. Simplest solution to me is get a new HDD, isntall Windows to that then just plug in your old one.

The CPU comes with its own stock cooler, which will have pre-applied paste.

Everything you need should come with the components. Only exception would be SATA cables if you have a lot of drives (the mobo should come with at least two).

Whats your budget and usage for the system? As it seems to me your fairly out of your depth here, might be able to suggest a good system for you.



Also, I need it to have a decent sound card in addition.
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