Solved Gaming Computer, need help! Is it compatible?

June 28, 2017 at 02:57:20
Specs: Windows 7 64bit, fx 8350 , no ram yet
Hello together,

im new to this forum and i dont know if i post it here correctly.
My Problem is, i dont know if everything is compatible or not.
I want to create a pc system for a friend and so far i bought this stuff:

Asrock 970m pro3
Cougar 600 W PSU
2gb - gigabyte R7 360 OC

I want to put an amd fx 8350 with 212 cooler master hyper and 1x 8gb ram with 1866mhz(i woudl go higher but its the max for the cpu i think, i dont want to make any OC , because i dont have so much experience for it.)
You think, 4x 8gb of ram is working in the future, if he wants to upgrade later maybe and i want to knoow if he can just do it buy buying 3 more of the 1866 with no issues, the mainboard support 1866(OC), what does even the OC mean? And is a 1866mhz even good for that? the mainboard supports up to 64 gb but thats just oevrkill i think , 8gb ram sticks are fine i think, or woudl you guys go for 16gb single ram? Woudl you buy other stuff instead? But i dont want to buy a new mainboard tho. The things i bought should be used now. he is planning to play playersunknown battlegrounds, counterstrike overwatch , and maybe battlefield 1 on full hd. Iyou think the graphicscard is enough for medium settings in the more graphichungry games?

Hope you guys can help me out!

best regards Zoydberg95 v(*,...,*)v

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June 28, 2017 at 06:05:38
The power supply does not seem to be the best choice. I never heard of the brand, the unit is not efficiency rated and it has 2- +12V rails, which is not the best solution. A single +12V rail is better. If you can return that PSU then I suggest you do so.

You should run memory in pairs for the best performance. Buying dual channel memory kits assures the memory will actually work in dual channel. Buying single sticks and hoping for compatibility is a crap shoot.

The CPU is power hungry so a good PSU is important.

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June 28, 2017 at 14:35:09
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To backup OtheHill's comments - the FX-8350 is a 125W CPU so not only is it power hungry, but it will put out a fair amount of heat. It's a Black Edition CPU so it was designed with overclocking in mind. The integrated memory controller officially supports up to DDR3-1866, but if you plan on overclocking, higher speed RAM might be a better choice.

Cougar makes a lot of different PSUs rated at 600W. We would need the exact model number to be able to determine if it's a good one or not.

The motherboard looks like a good one. Good chipset combo, solid caps, Gigabit LAN, plus I like that it's all black. The RAM description states "Supports DDR3 2400+(OC)/2100(OC)/1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory." OC means "overclock". Notice that even DDR3-1600 has OC next to it. You will have to manually set the RAM speed in the BIOS, otherwise it will probably run as DDR3-1333.

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