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Solved Hardware Compatibility Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Frenemations, Jun 14, 2016.

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  1. Frenemations

    Frenemations Thread Starter

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    I have put together a few items for an Upgrade I am going to do And have checked the compatibility online but I just need some verification.

    CPU Upgrade :
    http://www.wootware.co.za/intel-i7-...-lga1151-desktop-cpu-cooler-not-included.html

    Cpu cooler upgrade:
    http://www.wootware.co.za/raijintek-aidos-black-edition-92mm-pwm-fan-cpu-cooler.html

    MotherBoard Upgrade:
    http://www.wootware.co.za/msi-z170a...-lga-1151-atx-skylake-desktop-motheboard.html

    OR:
    http://www.wootware.co.za/gigabyte-ga-b150m-d3h-lga1151-skylake-micro-atx-desktop-motherboard.html

    OR:
    http://www.wootware.co.za/msi-z170a-tomahawk-socket-lga1151-skylake-atx-desktop-motherboard.html

    Ram upgrade:
    http://www.wootware.co.za/g-skill-f...mhz-ddr4-cl16-1-35v-black-desktop-memory.html


    Existing graphics card:
    Amd Radeon R7260(I think)

    Power supply:
    Model: LT-550AL2NC
    Max Power 500W
    Peak Power 550W

    I just want to know if this is all compatible as I have had problems in the past.

    Thank you In advance(Ask if any info is needed)
     
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Everything seems OK on the information available
    However
    1. The graphics card - R7260 = YOU THINK is not a good basis for a decision. Please post the definite details of the card
    2. The presumably existing PSU is OK if that is the card
    3. The only real query I have is the ram
    The CPU which is of course responsible to a great extent for the ram control recognises ram running at SPD as here
    http://ark.intel.com/products/88195/Intel-Core-i7-6700K-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-4_20-GHz

    Memory Types DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V

    The motherboards - for instance the Gigabyte
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5491#sp
    will according to the spec - without tweaking settings - also recognise ram at that speed
    Support for DDR4 2133 MHz memory modules

    The ram you have chosen as here
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-3200c16d-16gvkb
    is running SPD at 2133 at 1.2v
    Its tested speed is 3200 at 1.35v

    If it were me with that board I would go for something like this
    2133 at 1.2v
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-2133c15d-16gis

    If you go with your choice you will either run at SPD or you will OC
    Personally I would choose ram to run at SPD
     
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    Frenemations Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the info, I could not find the exact model for the ram you suggested on the site I am looking to buy from,is it possible that you could maybe go to wootware.co.za to see if you can find ram that will be completely compatible that's listed there? (I am not yet fluid with understanding all the specs)

    As for the graphics card, I am pretty sure its the R7260 but here is the info I could get on it:
    [​IMG](Image won't displaying for me so here is a link just incase:http://imgur.com/BKYBoU4)
    Thank you very much for the help
     
  4. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    send a request to the site asking them if they can supply the ram on the link I sent

    Re the graphics
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4798#sp
    OK

    If it were me I would go for the Gigabyte board, but you will more or less certainly receive different opinions as we all of course have personal preferences.
    I have always found Gigabyte boards good and the one problem I had - their service was A1
    Check yourself
    http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/motherboards
    and read all the reviews you can find - then make your decision.

    When you reply please type in the box that appears not by clicking reply on my post it quotes back all I have said
     
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  5. Frenemations

    Frenemations Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the info,I will request the ram and read the reviews before I make a decision,You have been very helpful.
     
  6. Macboatmaster

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    Cheers when you actually decide which board - check the QVL qualified vendors list for the ram you intend to buy
    Also check the ram manufacturers site for their compatibility report
    If you post back when you have made the decision on which board I will guide you further if necessary
    Lets take the Gigabyte one as an example
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5491#memory support list

    and there you will see this ram
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-2133c15q-32grr
    1.2v running at 2133

    or this one
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-2133c15q-16grr

    and you can also see the 2400 tested ram but you will see DOWNGRADED to 2133 - in other words running at SPD
    what you will not find the is the ram you first proposed.
    Which IMHO is a waste of money unless you propose to seriously OC and that in itself raises many other questions that need addressing.
     
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