Final shopping list for custom building a computer

August 7, 2013 at 12:10:18
Specs: Windows 7
I finally finished up my little computer shopping list, and here is the final result! Is this all compatible and ready to be bought?

Optical Drive: LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12NS30 - OEM

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Video Card: HIS iSilence 5 H667PNS1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder SEries CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3

CPU: AMD FX-6300 Six Core Desktop Processor

RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Is this whole thing compatible with one another?

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August 7, 2013 at 13:51:02
All of the components you have will work together!

Motherboard fit in case (both ATX in this case)
CPU Socket compatible with motherboard
RAM compatible with motherboard (it is, although your 1600 will have to be OC on this board)
PSU have all connections for mobo (including 8 pin for CPU)
Video card appropriate for PCIX slot. Yours is, and the video card will scale back to PCI X 2.0 since it is PCI X 2.1
Hard drive & optical drives are compatible with motherboard

Have fun with your build!

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August 7, 2013 at 13:56:43
Hey thanks for responding :) So everything works, but you said I need to overclock the 1600, how exactly would I go about doing that? Is it necessary? And is it better to find a different set of ram so I don't have to overclock

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August 7, 2013 at 14:03:29
No you should be fine. Here is the RAM type(s) the motherboard will support:

4×240pin DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866*(OC)/1800*(OC)/1600*(OC)/1333/1066/800

Notice, anything that says OC next to it the board does not natively support without overclocking, or adding voltage to the DIMM (I assume). What will likely happen is the motherboard will automatically clock your RAM down to 800, you will have to go into the BIOS and manually put it to 1600, it should adjust power as needed automatically. The motherboard manual will also have information on this.

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August 7, 2013 at 14:09:27
Sweet, so it will adjust as needed and I can change the settings to 1600 if I want! Awesome! Thanks so much!

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August 7, 2013 at 14:38:16
"Video Card: HIS iSilence 5 H667PNS1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3"

Why would you get a video card with slow DDR3 memory?

Have a look at this comparison of the HD 6670 vs the HD 7750, both using GDDR5 memory. The DDR3 version will obviously do worse:

And you should consider a case with the power supply mounted on top:

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August 7, 2013 at 14:56:14
In my opinion your case selection has many issues. First off the power supply is bottom mounted. This creates thermal issues that aren’t present in a top mount case. Same for all the side fans. They just create turbulence. One 140MM rear case fan plus the power supply fan when top mounted is all you need.

Please provide links to your choices in the future by copying and pasting the URL from the page you are on when viewing the device.

If this is the RAM you picked I would recommend you choose RAM that runs at JEDEC standard 1.5V, not 1.65V. The link below is filtered to show ONLY DDR3 @1.5V, all speeds.

The 1.65V RAM is already juiced and less likely to be overclockable.
Go to the link below and look at the list of tested RAM and compatible CPUs.

The graphics card you selected uses DDR3 memory. There are better cards with GDDR5 memory. See the link below.

The power supply is not the best but is good. There is a good rebate on it at the link below.

With hard drives being so cheap, why only 500GB?

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August 7, 2013 at 16:05:42
So I'm trying to blend all these ideas together, had no idea I could add some extra beef to my video cards! (Pretty much comes with the fact I'm not too much of a computer expert :P first time, I'll make a second list and see what you guys think

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August 7, 2013 at 17:07:20
Hey there Riider and OtheHill, I took your advice and swapped out for that Radeon 7750, looks like that's the way to go! Thanks for that! Also, after looking at the case you provided the link for, that seems to work alot better for my preferences :) Now for those links! (All the ones below are new selections)



Video Card:


Power Supply:


Tell me what you think?

Full Wishlist:

I chose the 500 GB as there won't be many things besides the operating system and games, and if I need a bigger one I can always just swap it out.

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August 7, 2013 at 20:43:52
Going down your list:

RAM - The memory controller on the Vishera CPU officially supports up to DDR3-1866. I see no need to pay the premium for DDR3-2133, the performance difference is minimal. Save your money & either go for DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1866. Just make sure it's spec'd for 1.5v (good catch by OtheHill).

Case - OK
Video - OK
Processor - OK
Power Supply - OK
Motherboard - OK

Hard Drive - why get a 500GB with 16MB cache for $60 when you can get a 1TB with 64MB cache for $65?

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August 7, 2013 at 20:48:29
Thanks for the response mate, Ill definitely swap out tht hard drive.
Now referring to the RAM (lol that sucker has caused me the most problems :p

Sooo the ones linked are fully compatible?
Cuz I was talking with another person earlier today and he said it supports 2100+, but anything else would have to be oced

P.S: I've grabbed the team Vulcan :) had to reread to understand what you meant.

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August 7, 2013 at 21:28:59
The motherboard supports memory speeds up to 1333MHz without overclocking. jpag pointed that out in response 3 & posted a clip from the board specs: DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866*(OC)/1800*(OC)/1600*(OC)/1333/1066/800. And even though those speeds are said to be overclocked, it ain't necessarily so. It all depends on which CPU is installed & what the memory controller on that CPU supports, that's why there's the asterisk ( * ) after the speed.

"*1866/1800/1600MHz memory speed is supported depend on the AM3/AM3+ CPU you adopt"

In other words, if you were to install DDR3-2133 & leave the memory speed setting in the BIOS on AUTO, the board would automatically run it at 1333MHz (jpag said 800MHz but I think it's 1333MHz). Notice that 1600MHz & above has (OC) next to it. That's telling you that YOU (the user) would have to adjust the BIOS settings manually to get the RAM to run 1600MHz, 1800MHz, 1866MHz, or 2100MHz+. Remember the memory controller is built into the CPU, not the board, & FX offically supports up to 1866MHz, so running the RAM at that speed will be no problem at all & technically, it's not really overclocking because the speed is offically supported. The only thing holding the RAM speed back would be the BIOS setting. 2100MHz+ IS overclocking however because the CPU doesn't officially support it (notice there's no asterisk). Does that make sense?

Go to the following & scroll down to "Integrated peripherals / components":

And if you check Tom's Hardware, you'll see there's little reason to go with DDR3-2133 other than bragging rights:

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August 7, 2013 at 21:38:31
Ok that DEFINITELY makes more sense now. So now that I've got the right ram (Vulcan lol :p) I can finally order and build this thing, correct? :D

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August 8, 2013 at 02:24:20
I liked your configuration very much but you need to replace sata hard disk to SDD . And also go for 8 core it will not cost few bucks only

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August 8, 2013 at 08:14:14
I'm gonna stick with the a mechanical hard drive rather than an SSD as I won't really need one with a 1TB. And what benefits does an 8 core give?

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