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Hardware Compatibility in System Building

I'm now embarking on my 5th incarnation of PC build and I'm trying to be sensible in so far as not upgrading everything to the best spec possible but trying to get a machine that suits my needs. Those needs are only "needy" when it comes to video processing and image manipulation, I'm not a gamer but I do hate a laggy PC.
Anyway, I'm going with my core themes again: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 motherboard and an AMD FX processor (not entirely decided which one yet) and 32Gb of memory (again, not sure but I'll use the manufacturer's specified compatible type). However, I already have a Sapphire HD5770 1GB Vapor-X graphics card in my current machine that I'm completely happy with so I was wondering if I could put it in the new build. Of course it isn't on the compatible list as it is way too old but is that a complete non-starter in self-build terms or do people do that sort of thing all the time?

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Usually it's OK.

But do check that the BIOS is current before you begin the OS install. Then update, then reset the BIOS to defaults and only change the minimum number of entries.

I can't guess why the 32GB RAM. My oldest laptop is 2GB RAM CoreDuo in some 2006 Dell Inspiron w/120GB SSD. It boots and gets on the web from cold (not sleep!) in 33 seconds. That's 33 seconds from power on and a google search result.

If you don't want a laggy PC, definitely equip it with SSD.

The 5770 will pull some watts so I'll take the TDP of that and the CPU and peg the PSU at 600 Watts in some single rail model.

Read https://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds for ideas about things folk are building too.

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Excellent advice as always thanks...

BIOS advice noted. Does altering the boot priorities count as a valid change? Generally I don't alter much else.
Why 32Gb RAM? Because I always get the best I can afford! (My mother's advice, although she didn't have PC building in mind when she said it). I currently have 2Gb installed (although I'm on Win7 32-bit so any more is pointless). I'm seeing lots of egg-timers and playing brief games of chess while I wait for my current machine to process images in Adobe Elements for example, so I thought "the more the merrier" but I have no objections to being shown the error of my ways. That's why I ask questions & you answer them! What would you put?
BTW, you helped me once before when this current machine that I'm about to upgrade went BSOD; I followed your advice & now have a stable, working PC again thank you - (https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/where-how-to-find-diagnostic-information/#post-b63571aa-652c-4a82-bfd0-5713f51af5f5 )
I had SSD in mind. I also have a 1000W PSU already and hope that is transferrable too. I'm using the same ATX case (Antec Twelve Hundred so plenty of space and case fans).
Thanks again

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32GB is your choice.

For now I'm sticking with 16GB as past that you are not seeing much payback. The SSD is where I'd put my savings into.

Thanks for the results on your PC cleaning. It's a common area that is often neglected.

As to the BIOS, that's a small change that is your choice. My bios defaults is all about the update and starting off from a known position.

Post was last edited on September 27, 2016 5:54 AM PDT

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Budget

It's your budget so you have to jockey parts around to fit that budget.
If the budget allows consider upgrading the video card to something more modern.
Perhaps a few steps up would be a rx 460.

If the budget does not allow then reuse the old video card.

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Budget is flexible..

It's more my instinct to make something the very best of the best that needs to be kept under control. I could pay out for a top end gaming machine because it's "the best" but I would never use it to full potential & it wouldn't be tailored to my needs.
My original question had more to do with how rigid and prescriptive the motherboard manufacturer's published compatible / qualified vendor publications are. I have only ever used exclusively compatible parts before so I just didn't know whether straying from those was even possible.
Many thanks for the advice though. Happy

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published compatible / qualified vendor publications

When it comes to things like ram or gpu's the vendor can't test every make and model.

Start cheap.
Cpu and mobo of your choice.
2x8GB of ram a matched pair kit.....be sure to fit it in the proper slots for dual channel.
One hdd.
Your old gpu.

Run your editing prog and watch the ram.
If your maxing out the ram add a second 2x8GB kit....same make and model.

Do some reading about your editing prog....see if it will allow shifting some of the work load to the gpu.
If so consider a gpu upgrade.

Overall responsiveness of the machine get a ssd.

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