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20 Dec 2014   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Where can I find supported RAM list for ASUS M5A97 R2.0?
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20 Dec 2014   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaakow22 View Post
Where can I find supported RAM list for ASUS M5A97 R2.0?
At the ASUS web site.

Who will you buy the parts from and do they have a web site that we can look over?

What is your budget in your currency?

What games do you need to play and at what settings and resolution? Solitaire? Pinball?

Which of these parts do you need to buy with your stated budget?

Operating system
Solid state drive, what size?
Hard disk drive, what size?
DVD burner
CPU cooler if the included cooler is insufficient
Case fans
Graphics card
Additional cards of any type
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20 Dec 2014   #13
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaakow22 View Post
Where can I find supported RAM list for ASUS M5A97 R2.0?
I found the QVL here:

ASUS Service | North America

Enter the model number and it will take you to the support page.
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21 Dec 2014   #14

Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaakow22 View Post
I don't have much money for a PC build so this time I decided to choose an AMD CPU this time.
So this is what I think of getting:

CPU: AMD FX 8320 - Intel Core i5 4670K
GPU: GTX 760? - GTX 970
PSU: How many watts I need? - Answer: 550w will be fine (Cooler Master/Corsair or any other good brand)
MOBO: not sure - Z87 Chipset by ASUS/MSI/GIGABYTE/EVGA etc.
RAM: Kingston DDR3 8GB 1600MHz (2x4), HyperX Fury KIN, HX316C10FK2/8 - good one but try to get the latest modules which are HyperX Fury 1866MHz
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB
SSD: none
CASE: not sure
DVD drive: LG 24x (just for drivers)
Now here you have a lot better specs
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21 Dec 2014   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Here are the prices of the following components in Croatia in kn (1 USD=5,80 kn)
Intel Core i5 4670k - 1.895,00 kn
MSI GTX 760 - 2.808,00 kn
Corsair VS series VS550 - 417,50 kn
Asus Z87-K - 817,50 kn
Kingston DDR3 HyperX Fury,1866MHz, 8GB (2x4GB) Black, HX318C10FBK2/8 - 630,00 kn
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64 MB Cache - 430,00 kn
COOLERMASTER HAF 912 Advanced, RC-912A-KKN1 - 809,00 kn
In total 7807 kn ( 7807 / 5.8 = 1346 $)
I don't have that money, so I wanted an AMD CPU which is way cheaper.
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21 Dec 2014   #16

7 Ultimate SP1 x64

I really couldnít recommend the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 for the FX-8320 or 8350. Itís a 4+2 VRM (not just an important factor for OCing anymore). Not enough. Those chips will overtax it, in other words there will be wide voltage fluctuation and more potential of failure as a direct result (VRMís the only thing that keeps your CPU and RAM from receiving the full-wallop from the PSU). Can it be done? Yes. Should it be done? Absolutely not. Not if you actually care about stability, performance and quite frankly longevity. So, I would get a board with no less than 6+2 VRM for those chips. Almost nothing else is as important as that specification on a board when going AMD on a budget (just because the chips fit the socket does NOT mean the newer chips are actually suited to the older boards. I have massive disrespect for manufacturers marketing really old boards for capability on the latest chips. Thatís just dirty).

So anyway. Also, factor into your budget for a really good HSF (check this out). The best performing one you can afford and which will fit inside your chosen case (whichever one that is to be Ė double, nay triple, check that). You are going to need it, especially if you ever get up to 30C ambient temperatures where you are (we get up to 43C here). These chips really do run hot. Sticking to the stock fan is a mistake and a headache in waiting. If you stick with the stock fan, you definitely are in danger of cresting right over the 62C core limit. I donít recommend it.

And, thereís absolutely nothing wrong with AMD. My 8350 knocks my socks off. If you can or even want to spend a ballpark of $100 more (plus hidden additional costs for ďíKí series to OC and also ĎZí series on the MB), feel free. Not necessary IMO. Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with AMD and I am not just saying that because I have AMD either. I donít frankly give a fig which one, so long as it meets or exceeds my needs and fits my budget. Thatís presently not Intel, as for many. Just had to drop that. Mine handles Wolfenstein: The New Order on Ultra with absolutely no stuttering or significant frame drops, alright? Seamless.

As far as the PSU, that will be determined by your overall hardware draw. You will also need to check the graphics cardís minimum recommendations for the amperage on the 12V rail. Apart from that, you should utilize this to figure out what you need right now, and/or what you will need for any additional future expansions (SSD/HDDís, Fans, USB devices without power adapters, etc.). Do not forget to adjust for capacitor aging (very important). When in doubt, just throw on a 750. Plenty for one card and typical extras (even SLI/CF, depending).

Lastly, double-checking a build with this is highly recommended. Itís handy indeed.
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21 Dec 2014   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Can someone find an ATX motherboard with AM3+ socket with a VRM 6+2 or better for not too much money on this page here Protis - Ponuda
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21 Dec 2014   #18

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I would not leave an SSD out of your build. They are relatively low cost now and give you a big overall performance gain for the money. I have been a strong user of seagate barracuda HDDs (no problems) but WD Black appear to have better reliability figures.
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21 Dec 2014   #19

Windows 7 Home Pro SP1 64bit

Since you gave a budget figure in U.S. dollars, try this website;

Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide

It gives you a complete build (AMD and Intel) depending on your budget. It focuses on gaming.
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26 Dec 2014   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I searched a bit on other forums for best PC parts shops in EU with available shipping to my country, so the best shop is from Germany.
How about this motherboard Gigabyte GA 970A UD3P?
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