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December 19, 2012 10:39:19 PM

These are the components I am thinking of buying and want to know if they are compatible, and if they are not could you give suggestions? Thanks!

motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel

graphics card- ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

HDD- Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU- APEVIA ATX-AS520W-BK 520W ATX Power Supply

CPU- Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

RAM- Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV38G160C9K

Optical drive- ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM

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December 19, 2012 10:53:23 PM

They are compatible but don't get that PSU. Get a quality PSU from a reputable brand at the appropriate wattage like a Corsair, SeaSonic, etc. If your budget allows, I suggest you look for a better motherboard and an aftermarket cooler for the processor.
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December 19, 2012 10:56:09 PM

Yeah the motherboard and processor are a bit unmateched.
An aftermarket cooler is not necessary even when overclocking. My friend has a 2500k at 4.5ghz stock voltage and stock cooler and it stays below 60c on load. It really depends on your chip.
Agree on the PSU.
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December 19, 2012 10:59:27 PM

And you should be able to get a DVD burner for roughly the same price as that DVD-ROM drive.
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December 20, 2012 12:01:46 AM

thanks this helped a bunch!
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December 20, 2012 12:06:21 AM

Would a Corsair CX Series ATX PSU be compatible and better than the other psu
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December 20, 2012 12:28:06 AM

my bad this is the specs CX Series™ Modular CX500M ATX Power Supply — 500 Watt 80 PLUS® Bronze Certified Modular PSU
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December 20, 2012 12:35:19 AM

Processor And Motherboard are a bit unmatching.....If u r going with a i7 then go for a Z77 or Z68 board as in this way u can utilise all the features of i7 and u will get a boost in performance.....

If u r going with B75 then go for a low priced i5 or i3.

i7 will be total waste on this motherboard.

U can also can't use SLI and Crossfire on B75 platform.

Z77 board will be the best as it's price starts from 100$-120$

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December 20, 2012 12:40:01 AM

if you're doing any image/video editing or any form of rendering, i have no complaint outside of the PSU quality. but if this is solely a gaming build, consider dropping down to an i5-3470/3450 if you're not OCing that CPU, a 3570k+Z77 board otherwise. you should have saved up a fair bit there to get a 660ti, 7950, or maybe a 670/7970 at the right deal.

that CX series isn't so bad if you're not going to use it for an extremely long period of time (having your PC running for days/weeks without turning it off) or grab a second card to run in SLI/CF. it'll get the job done in such cases. if you're looking for better quality, there's Seasonic's 520w S12II/M12II.
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December 20, 2012 12:40:12 AM

It's compatible and better than the Apevia. The CX Series is their value series so it's not the best. If your budget allows, you can spend more for a more efficient modular PSU.

Also I forgot to mention that your motherboard doesn't have much room for future additions. It has just 2 memory slots and a PCI Express X16 slot so it's something to keep in mind.
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December 20, 2012 1:23:01 AM

sorry for asking but what is a PCI Express X16 slot and what is it used for
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December 20, 2012 1:26:40 AM

in your case, it's for your graphics card, just to keep it simple. and before you ask, no, it's not a big enough deal to worry about PCIe 2.0 or 3.0.
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December 20, 2012 1:28:28 AM

will the computor still work if you use that processor and motherboard
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December 20, 2012 1:38:03 AM

Yes definately the system will work....but u can't utilise the full potential of the processor on this board.
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December 20, 2012 7:38:12 AM

waatanideasirji said:
Yes definately the system will work....but u can't utilise the full potential of the processor on this board.

That's bullshit. The processor will perform exactly the same on both boards. The motherboards these days barely have anything that would affect the performance of the CPU running at stock clocks (which it will, since it's not a K processor)

Just get a Better PSU, rest of the build is fine. A better motherboard will get you a few more features but not any extra performance.
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December 20, 2012 7:51:35 AM

@dishayu - Dude please learn deeply about Motherboard....

The overall performance will not be changed but by using a Z77 board slightly up in performance and better features and better future proof will be available....and an Ivy Bridge is able to fully utilize a Z77 board...so it's far better to go with a Z77 if not on a very tight budget.
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December 20, 2012 9:15:55 AM

waatanideasirji said:
@dishayu - Dude please learn deeply about Motherboard....

The overall performance will not be changed but by using a Z77 board slightly up in performance and better features and better future proof will be available....and an Ivy Bridge is able to fully utilize a Z77 board...so it's far better to go with a Z77 if not on a very tight budget.



nope. dishayu has it basically right.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2907/7/eight-intel-h77-...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/B75M-D3H/10...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASRock/Fatal1ty_X79_...

gaming-wise, an extra $20 or so for a 2 fps boost at best in a few select titles just isn't worthwhile. there are certainly other applications that show some benefit grabbing a board costing $10-30 more, but with the performance difference too negligible to notice, a person could still get away well enough with a $70 B75 board.

ivy bridge or not, a Z77 is only worthwhile for:
a) overclocking the CPU/RAM
b) higher build quality (for the price, it better be)
c) features that differs with H77, B75, and Z75 boards, be it the no. of USB3.0/SATA3.0, PCIe config, or the intel features available in the Z77 boards that most people usually overlook, i.e; Rapid storage & smart response tech.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155#Ivy_Bridge_chipse...

one can only assume tileflooring is on a tight budget. he could definitely re-allocate his spending more wisely to his needs; he could save up by getting a non-K i5 + B75 board, and grab a better GPU for better graphics performance, or stick with that 660 and grab a 3570K+Z77, which is also a good decision. as i mentioned earlier, if he/she's doing any form of image/video editing or rendering or any professional work/hobby, a non-K i7+B75 is a decent fit if spending on an OCable i7-3770k+z77 board is too expensive an option, and that does seem to be the case seeing as it's tileflooring's initial preference.
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December 20, 2012 9:28:42 AM

I also want to tell the same thing that if he is not on a very tight budget than he will opt for a Z77 because he can get good features....Nothing unique i m telling.....If u guys thought that i am rude with u than sorry but i didn't mean that....I m standing with u guys on the same answer.......
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December 20, 2012 10:54:59 AM

wow, thanks you guys! but will the corsair cx series psu I selected be compatible( all the wires plugging in and such)
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December 20, 2012 11:21:44 AM

Please specify the model...

But by the Company's name i will tell u that definately it is compatible.
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December 20, 2012 6:41:47 PM

CX Series™ Modular CX500M ATX Power Supply — 500 Watt 80 PLUS® Bronze Certified Modular PSU


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December 20, 2012 6:42:40 PM

also will you need a sound card if you are using a monitor and speakers
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December 20, 2012 10:49:43 PM

tileflooring said:
also will you need a sound card if you are using a monitor and speakers


unless you're a massive audiophile and/or are involved with some sound recording/engineering, no. onboard are usually good enough.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Corsair's CX series are ok. not great, but good enough for a single high-end card that requires two 6/8 pin power for your GPU, or two low end GPUs that needs a 6/8 pin PCIe power connector each. i highly recommend the single powerful card solution.
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December 21, 2012 3:49:22 AM

I agree with (hazle) that Sound Card is not needed unless you will do heavy audio editing works.

And for the PSU....It is good for your build.
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December 22, 2012 4:15:53 PM

when i had the apevia psu alot of the wires didn't fit the motherboard sockets, thats why i returned it, will the corsair cx that i asked about have all the wires that will fit into my b75 motherboard, thanks!
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