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Old 04-17-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default First build: compatibility check/ suggestions

Hi guys,

Am looking to build a $500-700 PC which I will use for mild data processing on 3 screens (one 1920x1200 and two 1280x1024) and gaming.

Have done some research and come up with what I believe to be a suitable configuration. I am new at this and therefore still confused about some stuff and not 100% set on some of the components. Would therefore appreciate suggestions or any tips to improve! Don't mind if you disregard everything I chose and suggest a completely different setup either.

Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini

CPU: AMD FX-6100 (6x 3300 MHz, 3x 2048 kB, 8192 kB, Zambezi)

GPU: SAPPHIRE HD6850 (AMD Radeon HD6850, 1024 MB, 256 Bit, PCIe x16 v2.0, PCIe x16 v2.1)

Hard drive: Will an SSD improve performance significantly relative to 3.5" 7200rpm?

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W or OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W?

Motherboard: Not completely sure. Has to be AM3+ and micro ATX.

Am thinking about the ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 but see a lot of very similar boards which makes it difficult to decide. Other candidates:

ASUS M5A78L-M
ASUS M5A78L-M LE
ASUS M5A78L-M LX
ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS
ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2
ASUS M5A88-M

What is the difference between these and which is best? Are there other, better options?

Am also not sure what the difference is between DDR3 1333, 1600, 1800, 1866, 2000 etc. I see a lot of people going for '1600' which is why I chose it. Which would be best for my system?

Optical drive I will decide on later.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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Why AMD? Currently, Intel CPUs cost the same and are faster.
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