I'm trying to buy a new (custom) PC. I'm not technically illiterate, but I haven't kept in touch with the hardware world.
While using one website that helps you configure your own PC, component by component. Everything went quite smoothly (the website was intelligent enough to discard all Intel processors when I choose an AMD-only motherboard, for example) until I clicked on the "I have finished" button. Then I got this message:
Your processor is not compatible with your memory speed. Generally your memory will work, but only to the maximum speed of your processor.
This is pretty much a verbatim translation. The original (in Spanish) was written on a very contrived way; I lack the contextual knowledge to re-word it in English.
Here're the processor and memory I've chosen:
- Memory: Patriot DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (8192 MB, CL9 9-9-24, 2, PC3 12800)
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (6x 2800 MHz, 6x 512 kByte, 6144 kByte, Thuban)
What does that warning message mean? What speed/characteristics does the memory need to have in order to be compatible with that processor?
Extra points question: The processor includes a heat sink. Should I buy a cooling fan for it, or will it work fine with the sink? (yes or no is ok here)