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    Motherboard Question

    I was wondering if someone could tell me if this motherboard is good enough for the CPU and Graphics Card that I am ordering with it. The Motherboard says it is compatible with Phenom II and of course it has the PCI x16 But I don't want to burn up my motherboard.

    Motherboard- ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

    Card- ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video

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    I'm not sure what you mean by 'burn up' your motherboard. Either it fits or it doesn't. Does the motherboard say it supposed the CPU? If it does, it does.

    And any PCI-E card will fit any PCI-E, pretty much. PCI-E 2 (which is like 3-4 years old right now) will support any and all PCI-E cards.

    Sort of unrelated, why the really nice video card, but the 'meh at best' CPU?

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    Well I heard that the CPU fits yes but it doesn't recognize or something like that.... Well I want to make sure I get a good enough graphics card to run the latest games and I heard good things about that CPU.

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-13 at 03:58 PM ----------

    just updated my build.

    Can someone tell me if there is anything wrong with this build.

    Video Card- XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNL4 Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Motherboard- ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    Case- COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

    PSU- CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

    RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

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    Yes it will all fit together. Do you happen to have a budget to work with? What have to be included in the build/budget? What resolution are you gaming at?

    The RAM is bad, you want something 1600MHz, not 1066MHz.

    The PSU is not really great (it will work though).

    The AMD CPU is old tech but still decent I guess.
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
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    I changed the PSU to SeaSonic SSR-450RM 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    I was told that CPU is better than any FX CPU from AMD... Ill check out the ram. Right now my build is sitting at 524 thats without Hard drive, disk drive, and OS.

    I would like to keep it below 700

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-13 at 06:39 PM ----------

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

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    Pretty much any current gen Intel i3 or above is better than any AMD. The i3-2100T is the same price as the Phenom and better. The 2120 (Non-T) is as good as the best AMD CPU for gaming.

    The biggest problem is.. If you get the AMD CPU... that's it for upgrades. At least if you get the Intel CPU, you have the option of getting a better CPU down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JtheNerd View Post
    I changed the PSU to SeaSonic SSR-450RM 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    I was told that CPU is better than any FX CPU from AMD... Ill check out the ram. Right now my build is sitting at 524 thats without Hard drive, disk drive, and OS.

    I would like to keep it below 700

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-13 at 06:39 PM ----------

    How is this for Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    yeah the RAM should be fine. The PSU is good. So $700 is everything you have and should include HDD, DVD drive and OS?
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
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    so how is this GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and this CPU- Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

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    That one ought to do good for the 2120. A few notes, though.

    If you want to upgrade to a better processor down the road, specifically an i5 Ivy Bridge CPUs, you'll need to do a BIOS update. This doesn't cost anything, nor is it difficult.

    If you plan to something like an i5 3570K CPU down the road, and want to overclock, you'll need to look at a Z77 board, which are about $30-$40 more expensive. If you dont want to overclock, I don't see any issue with that board.

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $679.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 21:44 EST-0500)

    Could save a little by getting a Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB I just went with a Black drive as it performs better especially when you have no SSD. You could also save a little on the case if you just want the most basic and don't care about front USB 3.0 etc. ($50+ shipping at NewEgg).

    RAM and GPU is also a combo.
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
    Current build! ||Old Build || Bitdefender Total Security 2014 || AV-TEST Jan/Feb 2013

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