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Are my parts compatible? (Final Set of parts (Third))
12-20-2015, 10:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-26-2015, 12:08 AM by LordBuffalo.)
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Are my parts compatible? (Final Set of parts (Third))
I am building my first custom PC, and I am wondering if all of my parts are compatible. I already did research into it, but I would like to be sure. I am most worried about my graphics card and my power supply.

Motherboard - ASRock H97M Pro4
Processor - Intel Pentium Processor G3258
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
SSD - PNY 240 GB CS1211 Internal 2.5" SATA III
Graphics card (What I'm mostly worried about) - EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Case - Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power supply (Second most worried about) - Logisys 575W ATX

Edit: I made some changes in the computer, and I am worried that the processor may not be the best one because I found it so cheap. I was wondering if I could have some guidance as to whether or not this is a good build. Keep in mind this is a very low budget PC and I may have to make cuts as is.

Motherboard - ASRock H97M Pro4 (Micro-ATX)
Processor - Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD - Seagate 500GB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s (ST500DM002)
Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Case - Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply - Antec VP-450 Power Supply

Optical Drive - Already purchased
Mouse - Already Purchased
Monitor - Already Purchased
Keyboard - Already Purchased

Edit (2)
After much research into parts (And getting Christmas money) I have compiled a final set of parts. I downgraded from the 960 to the 750 TI Pentium combo and changed mostly everything. I was wondering if I could have some final feedback before ordering the computer.

Processor - Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor

Motherboard - ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Ram - G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card

Case - Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply - Antec 450W ATX Power Supply

Any help is appreciated.
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12-21-2015, 10:55 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-21-2015, 10:57 AM by MathieuB.)
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RE: Are my parts compatible?
They are compatible, but I have few concerns:
1- The CPU will most likely bottleneck the video card in video games. You'll want at least an Intel Core i3 CPU, such as the Core i3-4160 (http://amzn.to/1QBWJDF) so that your CPU can keep up with the video card when playing video games.

2- That's a low-quality power supply. See this article to see why you don't want a low-quality power supply. Consider the Antec VP-450 instead: http://amzn.to/1OGmjkx

3- 240GB is on the small side for storage. Do you have a hard drive for additional storage capacity? If you don't, add one to your list, or you can always add one to your system later on.

4- No DVD drive? You can get one for $20 and it's useful to watch DVDs, listen to CDs, etc.

The rest looks good Smile
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-21-2015, 12:13 PM,
#3
RE: Are my parts compatible?
+1 on matb's suggestions and i would add this about that pentium cpu. no matter if you downgrade the gpu that cpu is going to be bottlenecked by the newer games anyway. the average frame rates may look good but the minimum frame rates is where it will show up even if it is overclocked(this is the reason toms hardware took it off of their recommended cpu list and replaced it with the athlon x4).

here is a benchmark for one or the newest games fallout 4 so you can see for yourself.

http://www.techspot.com/review/1089-fall...page5.html

that psu can only handle 475 watts and the 12v rails are seriously lopsided and could lead to an overload condition.

good luck
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12-22-2015, 01:50 AM,
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Are my parts compatible? (Second Set of parts)
(12-20-2015, 10:07 PM)LordBuffalo Wrote: Edit: I made some changes in the computer, and I am worried that the processor may not be the best one because I found it so cheap. I was wondering if I could have some guidance as to whether or not this is a good build. Keep in mind this is a very low budget PC and I may have to make cuts as is.

Motherboard - ASRock H97M Pro4 (Micro-ATX)
Processor - Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD - Seagate 500GB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s (ST500DM002)
Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Case - Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply - Antec VP-450 Power Supply

Optical Drive - Already purchased
Mouse - Already Purchased
Monitor - Already Purchased
Keyboard - Already Purchased

Thank you for any help

That processor is not compatible with that motherboard, you need an LGA 1150 chip, so not an option unless you are looking to replace that as well.

Given you are looking to work with the 960, the single threaded performance of the 2120 is really well behind the 4160, which is important for gaming. Also it's missing AES which makes zipping & encryption software work like in slow-motion. So wouldn't recommend it anyway.

Where did you find that cheaper than a 4160? Everywhere I look online the 2120 is like $200 and the 4160 is $120. Unless you are talking used.

If you are really looking for a budget option perhaps we should look to downgrade the 960 to a 780ti. Hate recommending to drop the GPU down a grade, but perhaps the pentium / 780ti is better for your budget.

If you can keep the 4160/960 combo, would be ideal, but understand if you have constraints.


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SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB PSU: SeaSonic Platinum-1000 80 PLUS Modular ODD: SONY DVD 24x
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12-22-2015, 02:47 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-22-2015, 03:19 PM by PwnBroker.)
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RE: Are my parts compatible? (Second Set of parts)
yep cpu incompatible with that board.

what i would do is pick up the i3-4160 as ped suggested for 125 bucks and add the gtx 950 for 150 bucks. (prices from newegg). this would be the same price as your original build with that pentium. the 950 isnt that far behind the 960 and to be honest it is probably a better deal for a budget machine.

your other option for a descent budget build would be the athlonx4 860k on an FM2+ board or the fx-6300 on an am3+ board. both of these combos can be had for 130 to 160 bucks. with the 6300 you could still go with the 960 or 950 gpu whichever fits your budget the best. with the athlon i wouldnt go any higher in gpu's than the 950.

good luck
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