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Windows 7: Check compatibility of custom PC components

27 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 
Check compatibility of custom PC components

Hi,

I'm planning to build my own PC, I have gathered a list of components that I'd be happy to use and I think that they’re compatible with each other but I'm not entirely sure whether they are or not, so could somebody confirm if these are all compatible.

Asus F2A55-M PLUS
http://www.amazon.co.uk/F2A55-M-LK2-...I1H3TUV77QRASK

AMD A8 5600K Black Edition CPU
AMD A8 5600K Black Edition CPU (3.6GHZ, 4MB Cache, 4 Core, HD6570, Socket FM2, 100W, Retail Boxed): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Thermaltake PSU Smart 630W 80plus white certificate
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermaltake-...I2R3FEL4EAU3KR

Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 500GB 720RPM
Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

MSI AMD HD7850 1GB DDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-HD7850-D...I2DLR2TY7Z2C0C

Crucial RAM
4GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module
4GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 upgrades for ASUS F2A55-M LK PLUS Motherboard, CT3630818 from Crucial.com

2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module
2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 upgrades for ASUS F2A55-M LK PLUS Motherboard, CT3630833 from Crucial.com

Asus DRW-24B5ST 24x
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DRW-24B...I1MXXQW2GT8YHB

Fractal Design Core 1000 Series Micro ATX Case
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fractal-Desi...al+Design+Core

Please don't suggest other components, such as an Intel CPU instead of AMD I'm really not interested unless one part isn't compatible, I just want to know whether the components I have selected are compatible.

Thanks for your help,
Tom

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27 Aug 2013   #2

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Your CPU choice has a embedded (imbedded) GPU. Check online reviews to see how it compares with the stand alone HD7800. You can get the A8 with embedded HD7800 for about $20 more than the embedded HD6500.

The mini well run much cooler without the stand alone GPU. Is this going to be a HT box?
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27 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

No, more for games, however as I am on a budget this is pretty much the limit of what I can get. As a result of that, a dedicated GPU card is really a must.
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04 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Can nobody else help me on this?
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04 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi Tomtom,

I am no expert on AMD, but it all looks to be compatible but I have a question on the ram you have listed, you have 2 different links, one for 4GB and another for 2GB. You are not planning on buying 6GB are you? I would advise against that, you want 8GB for it to run in dual channel mode and get best performance. 8GB is very cheap if you look around.

Everything looks fine if you are on a budget and the GPU should be great for games.

Out of interest what is your total budget? I assume you don't need an OS or Monitor etc.
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04 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I didn't look beyond crucial ram, and on my budget of no more than £400 that would be a squeeze. Where else should i look for RAM, i saw a shop was selling 2nd hand RAM cards but wasnt sure. I will need an OS (Windows 7) but I can get it for £40 for just the licence from amazon (I have a Windows 7 disc already), but this isn't included in budget. As for screen, I have one but I want an upgrade fairly soon but it's not urgent. Thanks for your help.
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04 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

How much did you budget for Ram? I must admit I have just looked and it has gone up a lot in price lately, I bought 8GB over a year ago for around £35, cheapest I can find right now is £50 here
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04 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

When I looked through the compatible cards, I did think they had become more expensive. Are there other brands (Samsung/Kingston) that would be cheaper but to thr same standard? I could get a slower card in favour of more space.
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04 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I cannot believe how much ram has gone up since I last looked! I paid £55 earlier this year for 8GB of 2400MHz top of the line stuff. Now it's £50 for 8GB of 1333MHz and the same for 1600MHz so it's makes no sense to go for the slower stuff.

You have a couple of options, you could go with the 8GB I linked to before for £50, you could buy just a single stick of 4GB for now and add a 2nd when you have the spare cash (although it won't run in dual channel mode so you will lose some performance) or you could by 2x 2GB which will run in dual channel mode. Most if not all games won't use this much memory so you should be fine for now and both the later options will set you back between £30-£35.

It's up to you really, but my main point was that you don't want to put 1x 4GB stick and 1x 2GB stick in that setup, most folks and manufacturers recommend matching sticks of ram in size, timings and brand etc. You may have issues otherwise.

Paul.
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04 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Great, thanks for your help. If I understand you, getting a 4 and 2gb card won't be catastrophic but will reduce the performance of the system? If so I will defiantly look into getting 8gb instead, unless of course they sell 6GB set somewhere.. I can dream... What do you think aboit Samsung and Kimgston RAM cards, are they not as good as Crucial cards or soemthing? Thanks again.
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