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Q: Building an HR/Payroll System

Hi guys

I want to build an HR/Payroll system from scratch.
It needs to be similar to the one I use at the moment which is a website, it is a management information system that many people log in to, to enter and view data from.
For example
Manager A inputs shifts on to a rota for his team of 5 staff members.
The 5 staff members are able to log on to the site (as a basic view only role) which allows them to see what the manager has submitted for them for their monthly timesheet.
The data entered by Manager A and by Admin A about Employee A is able to be manipulated and presented in a pdf report. For example, if I want to know how many times Employee A has been off sick in the past year. Thankfully for me, Manager A has been putting Employee A's periods of sickness on the rota. The system lists these periods of sickness, and all their attributes, from the past 12 months, in a pdf report for me. It also does the same for holidays/annual leave. The system also gives me a pdf-able report of the employees training because Admin A has put on information about every course Employee A has done.

I can also, on my system role, upload documents for managers to view.

I can also export all timesheet entries by CSV so I can import it into another system (Sage).

I am not an experienced IT expert but I am willing to spend years learning how to do this.
I just need someone to give me a map of where to start, what I'll need in terms of resources, and what knowledge I will need to gain.

We had a student once who planned to build the system on bootstrap. I've heard of bootstrap, but it means nothing to me. Is it like wordpress? I have no idea. He ended up dropping out of uni anyway.

At the moment I know about CSS and html. I plan to learn about php and I have just bought a book called "Coding for Dummies". Will this help me? Can I build a system with this language?

Is this post even in the right forum section? Should I have put it on the web development part?

A lot of questions and yet I believe I can do this! Please help me if you think you know what steps I should be taking!

Thanks so much in advance.

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we ugdraded our pastel payroll system version 2012 1c to 2012 2b and we go the error below. kindly assist with solution.

Run time error 372
Failed to load control Vs Printer form VsVIEW6. Your version of VsVIEW6.ocx may be outdated. Make sure you are using the version of the control provided with your application

A:Pastel Payroll System Error

FWIW: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942870


I suggest that you take the issue up with program support.


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QuickBooks Phone number.

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to a big dilemma. Instead of it, the users can get in touch with experts at QuickBooks Payroll Support and the expert help.

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Twice over the past five months, when reconciling my QuickBooks Pro 2007 account with my bank statement, I have found that the tax amounts for two previously-reconciled paychecks have changed. My accountant, to whom I send my account in a QuickBooks Portable File and who uses a QuickBooks payroll program, says they have not made any changes. By checking backup, I have narrowed the time when these changes occur to the time that the portable file is used for payroll processing. Manually correcting the changed amounts is not an option since they revert to the changed amounts at the next payroll processing period. This seems to be an issue with QuickBooks payroll processing software. Has anyone else had such an experience and, if so, found the cause and a solution? The checks in question had been printed and reconciled at the time the changes occurred and the net pay had been "locked" so these changes should not have occurred.

Thanks for any help.

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At our company we accrue vacation over 10 months (Jan to Oct each year). The std Peachtree vacation formula assumes a full calendar year. I need help constructing a Peachtree formula that will stop accruing vacation after October. I can set the amount per check. Something as simple as the following concept:

IF (payroll date > 10/31/08, 0, 3.08) which would accrue 3.08 hours each pay period with a date less than 10/31/08. I don't know the syntax within the Peachtree software to make this happen.

Thx in advance to any PT expert that can help!

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Is there a payroll software for windows like https://www.lenvica.com/payroll-software/
Connect Time Attendance devices just once and software communicates with the devices in real-time and processes payroll without any manual intervention while taking care of the attendance and payroll rules.

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I am manually creating a payroll spreadsheet for our company (excel template). I want to add a column that tracks YTD so at the end of the year I can look at how much we spend on payroll. Example I would like cell "I5" to add what is in cell ($60) plus the new week total in cell "H5" ($150) to show a total of $210 in I5....I also want to keep a running total same type deal for the taxes.

I have googled and saw maybe a macro is needed but have not idea how to create this.

A:YTD column for payroll Sheet

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I a little rusty but I'm trying to create an excel payroll spreadsheet and I'm running into formula issues at every turn. I'm trying to insert a formula that takes my gross income (L3) and calculates federal income tax withholding including deductions and to show the total in Fed W/H box (M3)
I also need to calculate Suta at .8% up to $7000

I know this is a lot. I am just getting back into the workforce after almost 10 years of stay at home mom, and my brain is trying to catch up. Thank you in advance.

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Given it's 1099, W-2 time, I ran across a site on the internet where you can download payroll forms for free. I posted in the Comments/Suggestions forum, so go to that post for more info and to reply:

Payroll Tax Forms on The Internet

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I have been aiming to design my own hardware system for 4 years.
Last year I amplified that goal and almost started the project. I had made shopping cart lists of essential parts (cpu, gpu, motherboard, ram,hd, cooling,case, and the like).
Unfortunately, I got snagged for financial reasons and uncertainty on hardware compatibility of some of the components.
So I compromised by triple-booting ubuntu, windows 7 home prem, and mac os on a pre-existing imac. While the experimenting with multiple OSes was grand (and enjoyable), I am very unsatisfied with apple products (their babylike interface, heinously overpriced, locked-down OS, plus I just don't care for the apple company) and need to get a new setup.

My alternatives are:a high quality laptop (with some kind of multiple monitor configuration (the addons and software for that I have researched fairly well)
a pre-built rig (almost certainly Dell)
building my own Bare Bones System or From Scratch

Because of the enjoyment, learning, and personal (and possibly professional) rewards, not to mention that I think it's about time considering how long I've used computers and my considerable interest in them, IF the bare bones system worked (and I've heard of incompatibility problems) just as well or better than the two other options, I'd much rather do #3, building one from scratch.

So, aside from typically unhelpful tutorials and looking at system specs (like I so alphanumeric's, which looked quality in parts) not su... Read more

A:Building a Own System (or Bare Bones System)

You don't need tables or documentation to build a system. My brother-in-law, for example, built his own with no prior experience. he asked me a few questions, and did the research on his own. First, choose your processor. Do you want Intel or AMD? Then choose a series, like Sandy Bridge. That will dictate what motherboard chipset you need. Once you do choose a motherboard, you'll know what memory, video card, and hard drives you can use. Choose those, add in a case, optical drive, and good power supply, and you are done.

Then, total it up, look at your budget, and adjust the processor as necessary...maybe going up a step or down. Other components can be adjusted as well, like maybe a lesser video card for a nonn-gamer, in exchange for more memory.

You are getting FAR to hung up on compatibility. Cases, for example, can handle most motherboards, unless you buy a full ATX motherboard and expect it to fit in a MicroATX case.

Honestly, building a system from scratch, in terms of compatibility, is very simple. Tweaking it to fit a specific budget is where any difficulities will arise.

I've built over a hundred systems, and even my wife, who's now an entry-level IT worker, built two of her own before getting into I.T. A place like Newegg helps you refine your searches down, compare many options, and build a wish list to watch costs. Compatibility isn't an issue if you take the time to read the descriptions. You can't buy an AMD processor and expect it to work in an Inte... Read more

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Hello I am new to the forums and hope you all doing good.
I was assigned to make a payroll program that states the following:

"Plan and code a program to do the following> The Natural Oak and pine Furnitre has hired you to develop a payroll program to print out a pay report for one employee. ( later the program must be expanded for all comapny employes.)

Input Includes three employee initials; the number of hours worked; the hourly rate of pay for the employee. Calculate and output the employee's gross pay, deductions, and net pay, Deductions include the following

Federal WIthholding Rate 18 % gross wages
State Withholding rate 4.5 % of gross wages
Hospitalization $ 25.65
Union Dues: 2 % of gross wages.

Use constat defitions for the deductions. Out put employee, initials, gross wages, amount of federal withholding; amount of state withholding, amunt of hostpitalization; amount for union dues, total deductions; net wages, your output should be formatted as a report and may be similar to the following sample

Employee : ABC
Hours Worked: 40.00
Hourly Rate:
Total Wages:

Fedral Withholding:
State withholding:
union Dues

Total Deductions:
Net pay:

Turn in: Program Listing and program output
label all output clearly.

Note Be sure your putput file contains user prompts and what was entered by the user
in addition to the results of your program processing...

My algorithm was graded for my teacher so far it goes like ... Read more

A:Solved: payroll simple program in C++

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I need formula to calculate FUTA tax (.008 of gross salary on first $7,000) -- thus, when it gets to $56.00 no more tax is deducted. Start date is January, assume 1,255.00 bimonthly payment. Thanks for your help.

A:Solved: Excel Payroll Tax Formula

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I use Excel to prepare payroll for my staff. I have 12 workbooks, one for each month. Each workbook has 3 spreadsheets (departments). Each spreadsheet has 4 tables, one below the other depending how many weeks the month has. Each table has headings for name of employee, rate, social security... and so forth.

I am looking for a way to compile all these workbooks in a way such that I get a total (cumulative) for the entire year for every employee his/her total gross pay, social securities, and the count (no. of weeks worked) - all this into a single table, preferably new workbook.

If this can be done through Excel or Access, please help me. If not, can someone recommend me a payroll program where I prepare payroll, customize social securities, pay date, deductions, additions, hours/day pay by class and get monthly or annual reports such as I am asking.

I have attached a sample of the workbook.

A:How to create a Payroll Yearly Summary

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Hello -

I've searched high and low and still haven't been able to find the proper formula. I have a spreadsheet where I calculate ER SS tax for each EE for each pay period. I need a formula that is going to look at the YTD earnings and the wage base limit (106800) each week before calculating the formula. So what would a formula be to calculate 6.2% of wages this week taking into consideration that YTD wages are less than 106800, and when they do go over 106800, make the calculation 0, but keep prior week's taxes what they were. Any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Formula Help for Calculating ER SS tax for payroll period

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I am the new bookkeeper for a small company. Our local withholding rate has recently changed from 1.0% to 1.7%. I have changed this in the employee defaults, but it still is calculating the 1.0% in each paycheck. Even if I go into an individual employee record, the tax rate is still 1.0%, (after I've changed the defaults.) And, if I change the rate in the individual employee record, the change still doesn't 'take' in the payroll window. It does show the new rate in the employee record, but it's like Quickbooks isn't applying the changes through into the payroll module.

I've followed the Qbks help files, but it just says to change the defaults if the rate change applies to all/most employees. I'm not super familiar with Qbks yet, so maybe it's something easy that I'm missing.

Thanks in advance for all help and suggestions.
Michelle C.
[email protected]

A:Quickbks-new tax rate not updating for payroll

It's been two years since I used QuickPayroll, which is included in QuickBooks, but what I remember is you have to go into the basic format designed to provide information to all payroll records.

I also found that Tech Support was VERY helpful. Have you tried calling them? Really patient with some of my stupid questions.

Hope this helps!

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In attempting to run payroll yesterday, a window appeared stating "Payroll processing is not permitted when a run is already open in another period." Looking back into July, I found a Payroll Posting Log listed as "Incomplete" and the time on it was about one minute prior to the posting log that was actually posted. So I don't know what happened, maybe a momentary loss of power or wireless signal? The problem is, I can't find a way to access it in order to delete it or cancel it. I had to calculate payroll by hand, which means none of the withholdings, benefits, gross & net pay, etc., are updated.

Help! We no longer have support from Deltek, and can't afford to upgrade to Vision. If I can't access Payroll, one of the most important aspects of the program is gone.
(I have Windows XP Professional, Version 5.1.2600 w/SP2).

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I am a student that needs help with a C/C++ programming assignment I have been toiling with for three weeks. It's a simple payroll program. Please help me.
int main()


/* health insurance if more than 3 = hiimtt, tax deducted = taxdeducted (formerly td),

(formerly np) netpay = netpay, (formerly tr) taxrate = tax rate, (formerly gp) grosspay = gross

pay, (formerly hw) hoursworked = hoursworked, hourly rate of pay = hourlyrateofpay (formerly

hrop), number of dependants = nod*/

char name[40];

// "const" means constant variable
// "float" is the same to the "cin"

const float taxrate = .21;
const float hiimtt = 15;

int hoursworked, hourlyrateofpay, nod, taxdeducted, netpay, grosspay;

cout << "Enter the Employee's name\n";

cin >> name;

cout << "Please enter hours worked, hourly rate of pay, and number of


cin >> hoursworked;
cin >> hourlyrateofpay;
cin >> nod;

/* health insurance if more than 3 = hiimtt, tax deducted = taxdeducted (formerly td), (formerly

np) netpay = netpay, (formerly tr) taxrate = tax rate, (formerly gp) grosspay = gross pay,

(formerly hw) hoursworked = hoursworked, hourly rate of pay = hourlyrateofpay (formerly hrop),

number of dependants = nod*/

if (hoursworked>=40)

taxdeducted = taxrate * grosspay;

netpay = grosspay - taxdeducted;
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A:Newbie C/C++-Assignment-Payroll-Can't compile/errors-Help please

Here ya go.

The {} brackets are only necessary if there's more
than one line of code in IF or IF/ELSE statements,
but you seemed to have some trouble with those,
so I used the brackets anyway.

I changed some wording and declared the vars singly
to avoid confusion. You can change these back if
you want.

BTW, it helps greatly to indent your code similiar to
the method I used here. Hope this helps.


#include &ltiostream.h>

int main()
char name[40];

const float taxrate = .21;
const float hiimtt = 15;

int hoursworked;
int hourlyrateofpay;
int nod;
int taxdeducted;
int netpay;
int grosspay;

cout << "\nEnter the Employee's name\n";
cin >> name;

cout << "\nPlease enter hours worked\n";
cin >> hoursworked;

cout << "\nPlease enter hourly rate of pay\n";
cin >> hourlyrateofpay;

cout << "\nPlease enter number of dependants\n";
cin >> nod;

if(hoursworked > 40)
{ grosspay = (40 * hourlyrateofpay) + ((hoursworked - 40) * (1.5 * hourlyrateofpay));
{ grosspay = hourlyrateofpay * hoursworked;

taxdeducted = taxrate * grosspay;
netpay = grosspay - taxdeducted;

if(nod > 3)
{ netpay = netpay - hiimtt;

cout << "\nEmployee Name is: " << name << "\n";
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I have been advised by Intuit that QB 2009 Pro will function in Windows 7 but payroll will not...has anyone experienced this problem? It's the only thing stopping me from the upgrade to 7.

A:Windows 7 + Quickbooks 2009 Pro + payroll functions

Hi Warden77,
After searching from the Intuit QuickBooks website, I find that Intuit QuickBooks 2009 is not fully compatible with Windows 7. The only version of QuickBooks that is compatible with Windows 7 is QuickBooks 2010. To fix the compatibility issue, Intuit’s Technical support suggests to upgrade to QuickBooks 2010. For more information, you may check the following link:
Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

I also would like to suggest you try to run QuickBooks 2009 under Windows Vista Compatibility Mode.
1. Right-click the .exe file of the QuickBooks 2009 and choose Properties.
2. Click the "Compatibility" tab.
3. Please check the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and choose "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)".
4. Select "Run this program as an administrator" option under the Privilege Level.
5. Click Apply, click OK.
Arthur Li - MSFT

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Problem with HMRC payroll software - UK Tax Office (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs)

i'm looking into a problem, next Tuesday 15/5 with changing the year to be 2012 to generate a P60

i thought I would post here - just incase theres a bug or known issue and a workaround - before I go

I will not have any more info until next week - if i cant resolve it

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Step To Fix Quickbooks Error
Runtime Errors such as ?Quickbooks Error 15271? can be caused by a variety of factors, so it is important that you troubleshoot each of the possible causes to prevent it from recurring
Step 1: Repair Registry Entries Associated with Error 15271
Step 2: Conduct a Full Malware Scan of Your PC
Step 3: Clean Out Your System Junk (Temporary Files and Folders) With Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr)
Step 4: Update Your PC Device Drivers
Step 5: Utilize Windows System Restore to "Undo" Recent System Changes
Step 6: Uninstall and Reinstall the QuickBooks Pro Program Associated with Error 15271
Step 7: Run Windows System File Checker ("sfc /scannow")
Step 8: Install All Available Windows Updates
Step 9: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows
I have taken this piece of information from the blog Quickbooks pro tech support

I was getting this error message: I'm getting an error message "this action requires windows administrator permissions

i have searched and got this blog as Error: error code 80070057 when attempting to payroll update

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I have QB 2009 - we had a payroll tax subscription that calculated taxes and we filed our own reports. Suddenly it no longer works and I want to go back to manually calculating the taxes, inputting them and printing the checks. I used to be able to do this.

For 2 days I've been round and round with their tech support and I'm almost to tears every time I try to explain for the nth time and go thru the attempts to update for the nth time.

What is happening is that when I click Employees, pay unscheduled paycheck, then click an employee, it is telling me QB doesn't have all the info it needs and I then get stuck in a loop of screens asking me to verify the NM UI and withholding rates. I can never go past that to get into the paycheck creation screen.

One helpful soul tried to tell me that I would now have to do them through the WRITE CHECK screen. Is this correct? Or is there something else I can do to try to get back to doing it manually? That's going to be a pain if it's true.

I'm an accountant more or less, so I am familiar with all the accounts involved and rates and such.

UPDATE: For anyone else going thru this #@#%. FINALLY got a tech who actually helped. I had to go into each employee record, edit the tax info on that employee, remove the state taxes on the "Other" tab, and I was able to get into the create paycheck screen. Thanks to all the 91+ people who looked at my problem so fast!

A:Solved: Quickbooks 2009 - Manual Payroll Problem

Forgot to add that the one helpful tech had me follow the links from F1 to turn on the manual payroll feature BEFORE going into the employee records to edit the Tax info.

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I'm going to build a computer instead of buying a new pre-built, mainly cause I really hate Mini-ATX cases, they're way too small. Plus I can build a more powerful computer for almost the same price.

Here are the parts I'm looking at:

ASUS M3A78-T AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 140W Quad-Core Processor

(2) G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

(2) SAPPHIRE 100225DDR3L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-B Blue Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

80mm Fan:
(3) Antec 761345-75080-6 80mm Case Fan

120mm Fan:
APEVIA CF12S-UBL 120mm Case Fan

Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Sound card,... Read more

A:Building a System

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Since im not good with computers i need some help picking out my processor and power supply


Mother Board:

Hard Drive:



Optical Drive:

What i need to know if all these so far would mix together alright if so i need help picking out a processor, and maybe a power supply. The case comes standard with a 450 W power but is that enough? or do i need more.. Thanks

A:Help with system building.

Infrared Reflex said:

Since im not good with computers i need some help picking out my processor and power supply


Mother Board:

Hard Drive:



Optical Drive:

What i need to know if all these so far would mix together alright if so i need help picking out a processor, and maybe a power supply. The case comes standard with a 450 W power but is that enough? or do i need more.. ThanksClick to expand...

No-Dont use the cases PSU, buy a PSU from antec, id recommend this PSU
or if you want more

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As stated by this topics title, I'm planning to build a new system as my current one is severely outdated. I'm keeping my CPU, power supply, hard drive and DVD drive however. I'm on a tight budget of about $300 - 400. Could anyone tell me if there are any incompatibilities present or potential issues I could be facing with this system?

2 DDR2 1G PC5300 667Mhz RAM
Albatron GeForce 8600GT 256MB PCI Express
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3
500 W power supply
Pentium D 2.8
Seagate 150 GB Sata

A:Building new system...

The lack of operating system could be a problem.

The rest looks fine.

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I am thinking about building a new system and am no pro at this but think I can do it. What I need is some suggestions on what to put in this, I have a monitor and keyboard. What do you suggest I put in this? I am not a gamer but want something reasonable fast and able to watch video on my computer. Would like to spend less than $1000.00 on this system. I live in Canada so I assume I would buy all parts here. Can someone help build this system and suggest where to buy the components.

A:Building new system

Hi, I'll give it a shot
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 -Intel i5 750 retail ($220)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401 -Gigabyte P55-UD3R ($150)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277 - 4Gb (2x2Gb) G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3-1600C9 ($99)
Graphics card:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127460 -MSI HD 5750 1Gb ($148)
Power supply:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 -OCZ StealthXstream OCZ600SXS 600watt. ($75)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320 - Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb WD5001AALS ($75)
Computer chassis:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133058 - Thermaltake M9 ($80)
Blu ray/DVD combo drive:
http://www.onhop.ca/catalog/product/10666001 -Lite On iHES208 ($123)
Total cost : $870
Add speakers :
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836127010 - M-One Studiophile AV 30 2.0 ($119)
Just need to add a cheap optical mouse

It's not the cheapest build but it has quality components that will work well together.

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I Really just wantta touch base and see if I'm pointed in the right direction. I Blew up my AMD K6II 350MHz and replaced it with a new off the shelf
P4 1.5GHz / 128 PC800 RDram / 60G HD / nVIDIA 64mb GeForce 2 MX / +++++.
But now I want the kids off MY machine, so I was going to create in the old AMD case

HAVE AMD Athlon 1GHz

obliviously modem and/or Ethernet cards

Will the above operate well with Windows98 or should I purchase Windows Me, anything I overlooked, or advice will be considered.


A:Building New system

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I'm not a gamer but just want something fast.

My build so far...

Power Supply
FSP 450W AX450-PN ATX12V

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667

Asus P5N-E SLI LGA775 Nvidia nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA775 (Does the processor come with the fan or will I need to get one.)

Hard Drive
Will use old 40GB HD for internal and buy a large external.

Am I missing anything?

A:Help building a new system

GET DDR2 PC2 6400 800Mhz

Processor should come with a fan if RETAIL, unless store states its a OEM chip.

HARD DRIVE : TRUST ME you need new hard drive 7200 or 10K rpm SATA 300.

I had a single WD 250Gb HD SATA, and it was the biggest bottle neck of my system.. I got a SECOND 250Gb HD Configured in RAID 0 , MUCH better perfromance.

and you're missing a video card.. a 8500GT for under $100 should be fine.

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Recently bought a new computer, AMD athlon 64, gigabyte s2 motherboad, 1 gb of ram, dvd burner and 2x20GB hdd(older). Ive set the computer up, but cant get it to boot. Have gone into cmos and change the settings master and slave, but cmos cant wont detect my hdd, as though they werent there. Can anyone help? i want to be able to boot from my dvd burner as well to install windows xp.

A:new system building

How do you have the HD's hooked up? One as master and the other as slave or are they both set to master on separate channels? Did you also change the jumpers to master or slave? As for the CD-ROM, just change the boot order to CD-ROM and then save the settings to boot from it.

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Ok so i am building a new pc and i have some questions. so im gunna list them

1. My disk reader and hardrive in my current pc (which i am switching to my new pc) use ide connectors . The ide's look different in size (size of each cable in the ribbion) Can i bridge the 2 into one ide, or do i need to get a motherboard with 2 ide connectors?
(here are the motherboards with 2 ide's that i am looking at


2. I have vista currently installed. If i transfer my hardrive over to my new system will i be able to boot off of that (i do plan on reinstalling it, but wanna know if i can boot of the hardrive initialy before reinstall)

3. I plan on getting a 8800gt graphics card which is 9 inches long. If an ide if in the way of the graphics card (without a ide cable pluged into it) will the graphics card be able to get in the PCI express slot?

4. Will the 450w powersupply that comes with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147030
be enough to power my sysetem (the 160g hardrive, disk reader, 2.2ghz X2 processor, 8800gt, 120mm fan and 80mm fan, and 2g's of ddr2 800 ram)?

5. If i do need 2 ide connectors then which MOBO in the first link i posted should i get (preferably notheing above 80$), if i only need 1 ide then what MOBO should i get (vista compatable) should i get for around 70-80$

A:Building a new system, need help!

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I am looking to build a new system and would like some advice on the motherboard to go with the AMD Athlon 64x2 6000+3.0 GHz CPU. I also have purchased other hardware that is listed below would like to make sure there are no compatibility issues. Thanks for all your help.
Hard Drive: Seagate 500 GB, Ultra ATA/100, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache.

Memory: 512 MB, DDR 400, PC 3200, 184 Pin.

Graphics Card: Diamond, Radeon HD 2400 Pro.

Sound Card: Diamond, Xtreme Sound 7.1, 7.1/24 Bit Sound Card.

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I ordered a AMD XP 2000+ with a 420 watt power supply and ASUS A7N8X MB as a bundle from www.MotherBoardsDirect.com . I left all of the mobo jumpers on the default settings.

When I installed the heatsink for the processor, it said to peel some tape off a little square on the bottom of it. I went to peel the tape off but there was none and I damaged the "clay-like" little square in the middle.

The processor temp runs at about 75*C = 180*F - a tad hot I take it. Apparently I need a new little square for the heatsink, right?

I installed these components to 10 & 120gig HD's with XP already on the 10gig. Both HD's are recognized.

It doesn't want to recognize the cdroms - 1st is a dvd-cdrom and 2nd is a Plextor CDRW model PX-W4012TA. Sometimes it will recognize the DVD-cdrom but when I reboot, it's not there anymore. I set the jumpers to "Cable Select" and hooked them up accordly - could this be a problem? - worked fine before the new hardware. I checked the connections already - no probs there.

The FSB is running at 100mhz - 1.25ghz but will let me choose 133 or 166 also which I don't want to change until I get the heatsink thing fixed. But what else should I change along with the FSB to make it work?

Sorry for all the questions but this is my first time doing this.

aloha, MC

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Hello all, I need help selecting some hardware components for my first build.

I am an industrial designer and very hands on, I run a small design/build furniture and interiors studio in san juan PR and we do some very cool stuff but could use better 3D tools as the old 8200 (nobody laugh) Dells I bought many years ago are at the end of their lifespan and we are running rhino and maxwell render but with some difficulty and very long render times.

Basically, I need a powerful machine to run graphics programs, Autocad, Photoshop as well (and more importantly) Rhino/Maxwell render. We do still image 3ds of furniture and interiors.

Ive done some research and have come up with some main components but am not sure if all is compatible. Im guessing the most important will be the combination of CPU/Mobo/Videocard so here it goes . Tips on other components also appreciated.

This is what Im thinking: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz on an Asus Rampage Formula LGA 775 X48 ATX Intel Motherboard. EVGA 512-P3-N862-AR GeForce 9600GT

Im pretty sure im just guessing at this so i will really appreciate a push in the right direction.

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You have an excellent start. But be sure you buy a case with adequate room, and extra space for cooling fans. Most important device is the power supply. Do as well with your power supply as you have with the CPU. Then you will want better than average optical drive... might consider the new and expensive Blues... A Seagate or Western Digital 500 Gb to 700 GB to 1 TB of hard drive space with a backup drive as well... SATA of course. The Seagate has a five-year warranty whereas the Western Digital and others have a three year at best. Then be sure you have a top CPU fan and heat sink. I like the high end Zalman, but there are many. Memory is very important. Get as least 4 GB of a known brand such a Crucial, Kingston, OCZ, Corsair, etc. Be sure to check the ASUS website. They have restrictions of memory that will work for some of their boards. In fact, I would get an Intel or Gigabyte board over the ASUS gaming board.
Good luck. You will likely get a lot of advice on this one on this forum. So wait for all the thinkers to post.

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I am looking to build a somewhat low budget machine that will have some gaming done on it (Titan Quest and Dungeon Siege are the two that I play the most) and will be running Windows XP.

Here are 3 builds that I am looking at:

Abit LG-95 LGA 775
Intel E7200 Core 2 Duo
2x1GB Kingston DDR2 667

Intel G965 Express
Intel E7200 Core 2 Duo
2x1GB Corsair DDR2 800

Intel G35EC
Intel E7200 Core 2 Duo
2x1GB Corsair DDR2 800

A question I have is, can I use my Kingston DDR 667 memory in either of the two Intel boards. The reason I ask, is I have 2x1GB Kingston DDR2 667 memory sticks I can't return (lost the receipt from Fry's...Doh...lol)

Also, I am looking at these boards because they have on-board video and I don't have to purchase a video card right away.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts..


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Intel onboard video is pretty useless... You can use such slow memory, it won't be too bad.

If you're on a budger, an AMD setup would be cheaper and include decent 3D graphics, good enough to play Dungeon Siege... you could use more 3D power than CPU power. While intel does have the fastest chips - I don't think $1000 is in your budget. AMD is still quite good for the money.

Here is your $70 board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127024 and uses very old tech and may not be compatible with the CPU you selected.

This one is $20 more, but is state of the art and will do 3D pretty well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128090 It has more memory options, DVI & HDMI output.

$90 CPU (instead of $140) = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103211

Its easily faster than my CPU... but even I can play some of todays games very well.

You'll need a modern PSU... budget $40~60 for a cheap one... unless you have a good one that is ATX 2.x And your DDR2 memory will work on the board above.

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So I've decided it's time to build a new machine. My current one is almost 6 years old and is PAINFULLY slow. Unfortunately I am not up on the latest hardware, so if anyone could help answer the following questions that would be great. I'm looking to spend somewhere around $1K, maybe a little more if it's worth it. I do a lot of programing/data analysis in Matlab, photo editing, and some gaming. I'm also looking to get into some 3d rending a la bryce/vue de espirit.

1. Processor - I'm pretty happy with Intel so lets not get into an AMD debate, but is it worth it to upgrade to an i7 or should I stick with a core 2 duo or quad? If the latter, dual core or quad core?

2. Somewhat related, I guess. DDR3 RAM or DDR2? The i7 requires DDR3 right?

3. Video card - Would I be better off with one really good card or two/three mediocre running SLI?

4. What minimum size power supply would I need to keep all this running?

5. I've been looking at some custom build websites (ibuypower, cyberpowerpc) anyone have experience with these guys? Is it cheaper to just build the thing myself? I'm a little displeased with the lack of customizability provided by dell/hp.

Any other comments, suggestions or recommendations would be great. Thanks in advance.

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Intel Q9550 + Gigabyte P45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

i7 is not worth it, mainly because DDR3 is not worth it. Yet. In a year or so, it will be quite worth its price.

RAM.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Vid card, get one GTX260 (216 core edition, not the old crappy 192) or Radeon 4870. Or something higher, maybe a GTX285. SLI is not worth with anything that you can outrun with another single card... If that made any sense. SLIing GTX260s is a decent idea. 9800 GTX or lower is not.

There's no minimum power supply "size" to get this running. The amperes on the 12 V rails(preferably a strong single rail), and especially the quality of the unit matter. Be ready to spend, if you skimp out, things can get really nasty. Here's a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

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I'm looking into building a system with the following specs:
AMD Tbird 1 gighz w/ heatsink and fan
Abit KT7 MB
256 MB or more PC133 RAM
MidTower case with 300 Watt AMD Approved PS
Sound Blaster Live Platinum
Geforce 32 MB Vid card
30 GB 7200 RPM HDD
Standard boooooring 3.5" Floppy

Any suggestions on specs/compatibility and maybe some good links for building it would be helpful...I've done plenty of Plug and Pray things like CD-ROMs, Sound cards, network cards, and all that other fun stuff.

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http://www.sharkyextreme.com/hardware/guides/build_computer/ http://firingsquad.gamers.com/guides/buildsys/default.asp http://www.tweak3d.net/faq/ http://go.to/kt7faq

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Ok, here's the problem. I am attempting my own take on a NES PC (Casemodding a mini-ITX motherboard into a front-loading NES). The output jack for the audio is (of course) the standard 3.5 mm stereo telephone plug. I already know the pinout for the plug, that is a non-issue.

But the issue is this: I want to retask the sliding switch on the back of the NES (keeping all the external connections vintage, even if they are being repurposed to some degree) from selecting channel 3-4 for RF output to switching from the traditional mono output the NES is noted for and stereo out (utilizing the white RCA jack for the added channel).

I figure I can tie pin R (the intermediate 'sleeve') directly to the signal pin of the red RCA jack, soldering it in place. But for pin L (the tip of the plug), I was thinking of hooking to that switch. Channel '4' would be stereo mode, shooting the signal right to the white signal pin.

But the question is this: What do I do with channel '3' in order to make the red RCA port a true mono-out? I have done some reading, both on these forums and on the net in general, and I have come across a few solutions, but they seem a bit sub-optimal...and I thought if I posted my solutions here someone could point me definitively at one of them and tell me why it's the best choice, or suggest something that a night's research into this hasn'tturned up for me.

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I had a post in the "reviews" section, they suggested posting here for info on putting together a system on my own. For starters, I'm not incredibly computer-literate but I have installed a new motherboard, video card, dvd drive, etc. in my current computer. Is this process much more complicated?

Can any of you give any pointers on a reputable company to get the components, what all is needed, and a rundown on putting it all together?

The system will be used primarily for a drafting program (need alot of hard disk space and memory), internet access, and occasional gaming (would like a decent video card).

Now onto the catch... what would you recommend for a total cost of $600-$750? Are there any bundled systems worth getting from a reputable company? (Please don't mention Compaq! )

Thanks to all who reply!

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my question is pretty simple.. l already have 8gb DDR3 ram tho its slightly dated however l plan to use it in my new system however my money wont stretch to getting 32GB (as ld hoped) however l can purchase another 8GB. the 8Gb l currently have is a matched pair of Kingston (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz i5 Memory Kit Non-ECC CL9 1.5v essentially lm wondering if there would be any stability issues if l bought second matched pair of 4gb sticks with the same voltage and speed to make my system up to 16GB ram.

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If you actually need 16 GB of RAM, you only have 2 choices:

Throw away what you have and buy 16 GB of new sticks.

Add 8 to the 8 you now have.

If money is no object, throw away what you have and start over.

If the cost is of some concern, add 8.

The closer the added 8 matches the original 8, the less likely you will have issues.

Matching would include details such as brand, model, part number, voltage, timings, non-ECC, and any other factor you can find in the specifications.

I don't think you can know with absolute certainty what will happen until you add the new sticks to the old. All you can do is reduce the chances of a poor outcome. Most people would take the chance and I would myself.

You're the one who knows about your budget and willingness to take a chance. If you are indifferent to the price, then of course you would start over.

I assume all of this RAM will go into a new motherboard that you don't yet own, so I'd at least take a look at the qualified RAM list for that board and pound on Google to see if any owners of that board are having any RAM issues.

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I'm currently planning a system that I will be using when I go to college next month. I will list the following specs and feel free to make any suggestions or give any advice. Help is greatly appreciated.

RAIDMAX "Silence" Mid-Tower Case 420W PS
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
ASUS "K8V" K8T800 Motherboard
Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM SATA HDD
Sony DVD+RW/-RW Drive Model DWU18A
GIGABYTE nVIDIA GeForce FX5900XT 128MB DDR 256bit 8X AGP
Thermaltake Venus 12 CPU Cooler A1744

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The college of what? game playing , ah yeah that looks good for writing papers, and reseach and stuff, yeah, real nice. I had a lousy TI calculator for cryin out loud.

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My experience with computers is limited. I want this to play iRacing (http://www.iracing.com/membership/system-requirements/) I already have a monitor/keyboard/mouse/case/graphics card. Here is what I have so far, looking to see if it will all work together in harmony.

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
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Hey, well my pc is starting to get a bit old now. So I started looking and building some new pc's to try and get a new gaming rig soon, due to my pc being really stupidly slow even at format.

I was wondering if someone could build me a good gaming rig this is what "attributes I would like:
1) 2gb+ RAM
2) Good CPU *preferably Intel but no worries
3) Upgradable motherboard *SLI, Crossfire.....possibly?
4) Would like a Gfx card at like 768mb but thats not possible for the budget so the best what you can get.
5) Vista compatible

In other words a pc that has them ^^....it will be used for heavy gaming, there is no need for keyboard/mouse or a monitor....... try and make the good system but also try and keep it below £500 possibly £600.......I would love the £1436 pc I planned up, but the budgets a bt narrow atm because Dad needs a new car.... I don't have a job so if you could help me find a good pc within that price range it would be much apprecaited.

If I manage to find one before anyone repleies I will tell you

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*BUMP* anyone?

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Hi All,

Yeah, like others here I'm going to upgrade- present system is a P4 3.0GHZ and have been out of touch with hardware for sometime now

But, I'm very excited about getting back into building a system again. I've done a lot of reading over the last few days and here's what I've come up with so far

core i5 2.6 - decided this over quad core for performance and architecture upgradation and over i7 for price.

LGA 1156 - just in case I want to upgrade to an i7 down the road. I saw that i7's come in 2 different chip sets. Am I ok here?
Asus -7p55d and Gigabyte GAA-p55M are the 2 I'm interested in for the price and performance. They also have some good ratings on Newegg. Thoughts? I'm thinking the Asus because my present one is an Asus and has been trouble free for well over 5 years.

ddr3 1600 is memory for price and performance mix,. I'm thinking GSKILL 4GB (2x2). I have crucial and that has given me a couple of issues but largely trouble free.

I'm undecided over graphics card. I have an ATI now but before that used to have NVIDIA. I know this is a very broad question and one that will open up a can of works. I'm thinking ATI. Any recommendations? Sapphire seems to have a lt of cards. I have a Diamond now.

Have plenty of hard drives that I can reuse, so won't buy any

I am planning on reusing my SB Audigy2 Platinum Ex for now. Mobo has PCI slot I can use. Maybe an upgrade down the road

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It would help if you could give us a rough estimate of how much you're willing to spend on this system.

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I am building a new system with Specs
CPU: Intel core 2 Due E8400
RAM: 2gb OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 1066Mhz
MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R Socket 775 intel P45
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB, 7200rpm, 32mb Cach
Graphic Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
Case: Antec Sonata III Quiet Supper mid tower 500 WATT power source

the setup with vista Home Edition 32Bit and a CD/dvd drive costs+ assembly cost of 30$ costs $1095.43

i wanted to see what u guys think on the specs? anything im missing. im getting it built for my kid brother who will only use it for gaming.

i was thinking that i should go with the 4850 1gb version but its 50$ more.. was wonder if its worth it. i think the mother board is good as it allows me to do crossfire with another 4850 later down the road..

what do u think about the ram? i don't no much about RAM's so I'd appreciate any help.

i think the CPU is good since he's not gonna be multitasking enough for a quad.. and for gaming i think 8400 is more than enough..

Also any ideas on how to lower the price but not really sacrifice any performance?

at the same time Dell has this
PROCESSOR Intel® Core? 2 Duo Processor E8400 (6MB L2 Cache,3.0GHz,1333FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack 1
MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 500GB - Seagate 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
GRAPHICS CARD nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
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The HD 4850 outperforms the 9800GTX easily and will obviously be faster than a 9800GT, so I think the extra $80 is absolutely worth it. And no, the 1GB model will not be a good investment.

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I had a lot of luck building a system for mom with an AMD Duron 700, Transcend Mobo and the likes so I decided to build myself a nice rig too, what do you guys think about these specs? I'm aiming for high end performance for about a grand or less.

AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1 ghz w/ 200mhz FSB
Coolermaster AMD Approved Cooler (forget the model)
Asus A7V Motherboard
2 sticks Name-brand 256 MB PC133 RAM
Asus GeForce2 MX 32MB
Maxtor 30 GB ATA100 7200 RPM 8.5 ms ave. seek
Alienware Case w/ 2 fans and 300 watt AMD Approved PSU
MS Internet Keyboard (why did I bother typing that?)
Samsung 8x4x32 CDRW w/ Adaptec Software

Any suggestions?

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Hey guys
I'm thinking of "reviving" an old Windows XP pc I have.
So, I'm just curious - I'm on a TIGHT budget, VERY
TIGHT at that! I was wondering, what's a budget CPU that's
fair in performance? The same for a GPU and HDD (has to be IDE though.)
I have experience in building PC's, so don't worry ^^;

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Hit up Ars's or Tom Hardware's Value build guides.

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Hey all, I'm currently looking around the web for different components i'm going to need for my new system I want to build, this system is gonna be purely based on gaming as i found out the system i bought a few month ago isnt really a gaming one.

Now I am confused as to whether the motherboard memory is compatible with gpu memory? for example the motherboard i'm going to purchase uses ddr3 memory however the graphics i'm looking at says DDR5 so it's kinda thrown me off a little bit unsure on whether if i want that GPU am i going to need a different motherboard.

The motherboard im going to buy is here:

and the GPU is:

All other components are fine and my total for this sytem is around £308 if anyone can sortof guide me through this little bit it would be much appreciated!

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