First-ever gaming build compatibility question

Nergal1

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I'm brand new at this whole "gaming computer" thing, and I want to have a local shop build me a gaming PC from these parts, and I do not know how to tell whether they will work together:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$19.99



GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard



$114.99



PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Now: $159.99
$139.99 after mail-in rebate



Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

$79.99
$69.99
$49.99 after mail-in rebate card


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL

$28.99

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX

$139.99



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$59.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Now: $59.99
$49.99 after mail-in rebate

Subtotal: 603.92

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Also, should I add in a cooler?
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
$27.99


All prices are taken from newegg.com.
 
Solution
Nothing wrong with that setup. Your cpu will come with a heatsink/fan but if you want to add an aftermarket one make sure you are upgrading from the one that is included.

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Thanks for the reply, Inzone. With these components though, I have to wonder whether I'll see any tangible difference if I introduce liquid cooling to the equation. I don't want to strain the power supply, either.
 

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This is true; however I do not want to wantonly spend money that I don't need to. Thanks for the advice!