Will these computer parts work together?
Mobo: H61M-PS4 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00
I have reviewed everything and as far as I can tell this will work. If not please tell me and maybe give a suggestion. One more question I have: Is there anything else I have to worry about? Like my mobo not supporting my graphics card or something?
- Joe MLv 57 years agoFavorite Answer
The simple answer is yes, they will work ok together. That said, read on... Some thoughts.
Motherboard choice: Mediocre at best. It is a dated motherboard with an older chipset. You are choosing a 3rd Gen I5 and a motherboard that won't really enable all capabilities because of the older chipset. I would say go with H77 or Z77. The 87 chipsets are geared to the newer 4th gen processors using 1156 sockets so that would not work.
Here's a few choices on motherboards I would suggest:
GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H ATX Intel Motherboard
$95 and almost twice the price of your motherboard cost but well worth it. I built my most recent machine with this one:
GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
and the performance is pretty freakin' awesome, in my own humble opinion. I don't see a reason to not choose the model I linked over it, though, since it nets about $10 cheaper and you probably don't need any of the minor differences that exist.
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
If you are compelled to use Asrock this is a better choice and less than $20 more than your original choice. I have a machine with an Asrock motherboard and it has never worked correctly. It's a AMD based machine but it makes me leary of the brand, even though ASUS is their parent and I am a big fan of ASUS motherboards.
CPU: Great choice. It is the better version of what I paired with that Gigabyte motherboard I linked above.
Memory: Fine choice. Most everyone I know and respect the opinion of respects Crucial, as do I. You will undoubtedly have a motherboard that supports dual channel so get a 2x4GB kit if you haven't already. This allows you to take advantage of dual channel memory and leave you room to upgrade if you decide later you want more memory.
As long as your Video card is PCE-E any motherboard today will most likely support it. If you plan SLI or Crossfire you have to be a little more attentive to the motherboard but even that is fairly common to be supported on lots of motherboards you have to choose from.
That's a link to a site where you can input all your parts and determine what size Power Supply you should use. I tend to add 10% to what it recommends. Say it says you need 500W I would look at at least 550W.
Pick a good case for your build. Make sure airflow is good. Make sure you have plenty of fans to keep it cooled down.
Hope this helps you with your build. Enjoy the final product!Source(s): Building my own rigs for over 15 years..