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Are these computer parts compatible

By Antrephel
May 24, 2012
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  1. I've never build a computer before but I have a general idea of what I'm doing, but I figured I'd ask a pro before I ordered the parts:

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB - harddrive
    ASRock A785GM-LE - motherboard
    LITE-ON Black - CD/DVD drive
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB - RAM
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - proccesor
    APEX DM-318 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center 275W Power Supply - Case

    so are these compatible and do you suggest any changes, the computer is for word documents and buiseness along with internet searches, I'd like to be able to run uTube and very simple video games like minecraft (at low settings)

    Thanks for the help!
  2. nik11105

    nik11105 TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    I presume the RAM is DDR3? If so then the motherboard is not compatible with the RAM. What's your price range for the build? I'd also recommend a bigger PSU and a low range GPU because the built in GPU won't be able to handle even non intensive games.
  3. Antrephel

    Antrephel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I changed the Ram to DDR2 and my budget by the way is under $500, this computer isnt for gaming but I think it would be nice to have that ability, at the moment the price is at $437 including windows 7 home premium, the graphics card isnt neccesary, but will the one in the motherboard be able to play online videos at 480DP? that is the minimum I need. My CPU is good for me and cost $120, is it neccesary to get a better one?
  4. Antrephel

    Antrephel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thought about what you said and im going to start over with the parts ill post them once im done

    thanks for the help
  5. Antrephel

    Antrephel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    AMD A8-3870K - CPU + GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
    ASUS F1A75-M PRO - motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131764
    Western Digital Caviar Blue - HardDrive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    Pareema 4GB - RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820576002
    ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM - CD/DVD/BL player/burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Rosewill R363-M-BK Black - Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147099
    Windows 7 home premium - OS

    Here is my new build - final cost $526.93, please double check everytthing please, also suggestions are appretiated if you think I should change something!
  6. Zero_

    Zero_ TS Rookie

  7. Antrephel

    Antrephel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I picked the first one

    Thanks!
  8. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    I would also highly recommend against using the Power Supply that is included with that case (Rosewill R363-M-BK Black ). It is made by L&C (AKA: Deer, Solytech, Apex) and is very poorly built. I actually have one of those cases, I'm not using the PSU from it but I did test and dissect it.
    There are 2 major problems with it:
    1.The capacitors are too small 330uf on the primary (should be 680-820uf for a 400w unit) and 1000uf or less on the secondary (should be 2200-3300uf), this will cause excess ripple that will damage components over time, this unit also uses off brand capacitors with a high failure rate which could fry your system.
    2. The heat sinks are undersized causing it to run hot, I tested it with my SeaSonic burn-in dummy load (150w) and it could only run for about 5 minutes before overheating, this unit could never produce anything near 400w for any period of time.

    I would recommend one of these for that system:
    ENERMAX NAXN ENP450AST 450W = $45
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W = $70 ($50 after rebate)
    SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W = $60

    or this if you are on a tight budget:
    Antec VP-450 450W = $38

    You can help offset the cost a little by getting a case without a PSU included (most PSUs included with cases, especially cheap ones, are junk anyway)
  9. Antrephel

    Antrephel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, the computer is built and working great
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,308   +265

    Wow dmill89, that's some pretty awesome dissecting you did there. Useful info indead.


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