Looking to build a new comp for a mix of gaming and home theater use. Have a list below that I'm thinking of getting and want to verify that they are compatible and what the pros think...
Corsair Obsidian 800D Full Tower Case
Asus Sabertooth X79 TUF MB
Intel Core i7-3930K BX80619i73930K
Corsair Hydro H80 CPU Liquid Cooler
Corsair CMP32GX3M4X1600C10 Dominator RAM
VisionTek 900506 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Video Card
OCZ OCZ-ZX850W ZX Series Modular Power Supply - 850W
Any constructive feedback appreciated.
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On such a wide-ranging list pretty much only general advice can be provided as I'd expect folks might have experience with two or three of the components simultaneously installed in their own configuration.
For maximum compatibility, make sure the motherboard supports the RAM and CPU. The manufacturer's website usually has a page that details compatible components. Double-check for GB per stick and total number of sticks of the selected capacity. There can be typos on quickly prepared websites, and double-checking the website "supported" list against the motherboard specs provided in its manual can uncover such discrepancies. NEVER rely on just the specifications provided by the retailer. For example, a given motherboard may not support 8GB RAM modules, but the "supported" list may incorrectly include some 8GB modules. An easy to catch typo if you know what to look for.
Verify that the video card installed in the exact slot you plan to put it in will fit in the case, and won't cause problems with other devices, HDDs, HDD cables, etc. Not all "full tower" cases are the same. Also, HDD physical configuration (e.g. whether long-axis aligned along the length of the case or the width of the case) can affect things like adapter card lengths and PSU lengths, and cable/connector interferences. It seems that manufacturers are increasingly NOT supplying full dimensional information about their cards, and that can make this assessment difficult.
Verify that the CPU cooling radiator (with fans installed) will in fact fit your case without interfering with other items. One thing to look out for is that some cases use a "master" lock-down bar to secure the adapter cards, rather than individual screws for each card. As reported in some CPU water cooler reviews, the operation of these lock-down bars may interfere with internally installing a cooling radiator on the back of the case. This problem did "bite" me in my last build.
Check motherboard mounting-screw holes with the case mounting points and verify they not only align properly but are correct in number and location so as to fully support the motherboard. Again, some "full tower" cases don't provide holes for all the motherboard mounting points and leave part of the motherboard "flopping".
Also verify the PSU with all the cables connected (whether using all of them now or not) will install properly in the specific case and not cause any interference problems, and will install and ventilate properly in the orientation you plan to use.
If the case has top-mounted fans you plan to use, you may want to verify it uses standard depth (25mm) fans as soon you will likely be replacing any cheap pre-installed fans. A common complaint is that many cases don't provide much (if any) room between the top of the mobo and the bottom of the top-mounted case fans and some require custom-sized fans.
If you plan to use the front audio ports, make sure the they support the audio mode you plan to use and/or the motherboard supplies (e.g. HD v. AC97).
If the case provides and you plan to use front USB3 ports, make sure they provide the connector you plan to use. Whether it's an internal USB3 header on the motherboard, or the crappy way of connecting the front USB3 port(s) to rear USB3 port(s). Note: not all motherboards, even brand-new models, supply USB3 header(s) on the motherboard.
add items on PSU and fan
add items on front audio and USB3 ports
added note regarding cases that use an adapter card "master" lock-down bar
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Id go with a 3770K and A good Z77 mobo.You will save money and you wont loose any performance.
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i 2nd mothows .. and johns of course.
if you feel adventures you could try swiftech's H2O-X20 Edge HD instead of the H80
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