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Will this gaming setup work/compatible?

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December 21, 2012 7:34:11 PM

Hi, I hope to be making a gaming build soon and have chosen the following parts:

Cpu: Amd Phenom II X4 965 Black edition
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3
Graphics card: (From a freind) XFX 6870
RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB
Psu: Cooler Master 500W 12V
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
Disc Drive: LG GH24NS90.AUAA50B 24x SATA
Case: CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case

I was wondering if these parts are all compatible? One other thing, I have decided to use an aftermarket cooler, and I have the choice between "Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2" or "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO" from the case listed above, will either of these coolers fit? - Many thanks :) 

Also a small side note, I don't, repeat, don't want any discussions about getting a Intel processor because its better etc, im on a tight budget :p 
December 21, 2012 7:40:13 PM

Just another thing I forgot to mention, I was heavily deciding between the Fx-6100, Fx 4170 and the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition, I am using this setup for gaming, and potentially rendering, what would be the best cpu of the three to use? - Thanks :) 
a b 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 7:42:01 PM

Seems to be all compatible.
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December 21, 2012 7:44:40 PM

Wow, thanks for the very fast reply! Can you share any wisdom about what processor I should use? and whether the cooler will fit the case? - Greatly appreciated! :) 
a c 433 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 7:47:03 PM

I have a 965BE OC'd at 4ghz and it does all I ask of it just fine. I would try to snag a 6300 if you have the budget.
a b 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 7:49:29 PM

You can find the dimension of the cooler and case on your retailer's site. I'm afraid I don't have them on hand and I'm on my cell.

As for the CPU depending on pricing I'd consider FX4300/6300. Not the 100 ones though.
December 21, 2012 7:51:59 PM

So between the Phenom II X4 965 BE, Fx-6300, and Fx-4300? I Don't mind spending an extra £30 from the 965 , as that is all there is in it.
a c 433 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 7:55:49 PM

get the 6300.
December 21, 2012 7:57:57 PM

Mind asking, on what basis? - thanks
a c 433 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 8:01:37 PM

A decently overclocked 6300 can compete with stock speed i5s. Neither of the others can come close. In pretty much all aspects it will be considerably better than the others.
December 21, 2012 8:08:08 PM

Sounds good! Thanks for the feedback :)  Just another minor question, I plan on using the "CIT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming case" and the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO cooler, the dimensions of the case are: 185mm x 445mm x 460mm, and the dimensions of the cooler are: 120 x 80 x 159 mm, will this be able to safely fit the case? - Thanks :D 
a c 433 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 8:11:42 PM

It should be fine. I am personally not a fan of a top mounted PSU but if you like the case there shouldn't be any issues with it and your cooler.
December 21, 2012 8:18:47 PM

Ok, One last question, (sorry to be a pain in the ... ) I intend on using a 500w psu, and the graphics card that I hope to use is a XFX 6870, I read from the specs on the XFX site that a minimum of 500w is required, and a recommended of 550w? Will a 500w psu be enough? - Thanks so much, you've been the greatest of help :) 
a b 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 8:28:37 PM

A good 500W PSU will be more than enough.
a c 433 4 Gaming
December 21, 2012 8:32:52 PM

DO NOT get a coolermaster psu. They are very unreliable. Get an Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair only.
December 21, 2012 8:34:32 PM

Do you know of any within the £40 price range? Considering my total costs seems to be increasing!
December 21, 2012 9:01:04 PM

Also, Im not too sure the fx 6300 would be worth the extra value from the phenom II X4 965 BE? especially for the extra £30, after reading the fact that the 965 BE is more of a true quad core, still uncertain, im not overly confident with Overclocking, I honestly have not attempted overclocking before, but im sure with the cooler it shouldnt be too hard?