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How to know if all components will fit (+critique of ~900 usd system)

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10 March 2013 18:59:45

Hello there brilliant people of the internet!

I am assembling my first pc ever and after a lot of reasearch I have ended up with this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $882.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-10 08:44 EDT-0400)

I am wondering whether or not the ram will fit in my setup with the 212 EVO and would love to know how to examine it before buying :) 

Also if anyone got any suggestions please post them as well! Would love to buy something nice for my first setup :D  Thanks in advance!

P.S.
If you want to see the questions from the sticky answered click here!:
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Approximate Purchase Date: this week


Budget Range: ~900-1000 (Since it will become more expensive in Denmark)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, scripting & unity, rendering, animating, youtube, movies, reading


Are you buying a monitor: No - got a ASUS VE248H


Do you need to buy OS: Don't think so


Location: Denmark


Parts Preferences: Intel, Likes nVidia but loves the cost/perfomance of the RADEON HD 7870 XT


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe another 7870


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I play a lot of FPS and would love a decent framerate, I would like my case to be "cool" hence the Z11. Furthermore I would appreciate if my setup would be relatively power efficient, cool and silent.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My Acer 3820tg is getting kind of old for playing games - awesome notebook though



10 March 2013 19:05:15

Some minor changes

Get this memory, It's cheaper, faster and will help with overclock!

Patriot Memory Viper 3 Series Venom Red DDR3 8GB 1866MHz (PC3 15000) Memory Kit PV38G186C9KRD

Get this PSU. It's enough for the system and a super high quality one!

Fractal Design Integra R2 500-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 500 Power Supply FD-PSU-IN2B-500W

Make a step forward on your GPU, and get 7870 XT though with this budget I would go for atleast a 7950!

Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT with Boost 2GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11199-20-20G
10 March 2013 19:08:23

Wow, thanks for the reply - A thing to note is I would like to have the option for future upgrades, which is why I had planned to invest in the chosen motherboard and the slight overkill PSU :) 
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10 March 2013 19:19:06

Since tom wont let me edit my post ill make this a seperate:

The RAM looks great but is sadly not available in Denmark :/ 

The PSU looks great as well, but as far as I can see its not modular? I would love my PSU to be modular for easier cable management.

Regarding the GPU i made a small typo - it should have been the 7870 XT ;) 

Prices for the GPU's in Denmark
7870 XT: 286 USD
Gigabyte GVR795WF3-3GD: 371 USD
10 March 2013 19:19:42

YOUR_HAMSTER said:
Wow, thanks for the reply - A thing to note is I would like to have the option for future upgrades, which is why I had planned to invest in the chosen motherboard and the slight overkill PSU :) 


Just to know your investment on motherboard especially isn't that good :??:  Intel replace the whole 1155 socket with 1150 and Hasswell CPUs. So you won't have the option for future CPU upgrade atleast.

As for the PSU, usually single next generation GPUs beat Crossfired previous generations GPUs, so for me I would stay with single GPU setups. Just my preference though!
10 March 2013 19:23:45

What motherboard would you recommend then?

Plus - I suppose that the "As for the PSU" should have been "As for the GPU"?
10 March 2013 19:27:00

YOUR_HAMSTER said:
What motherboard would you recommend then?

Plus - I suppose that the "As for the PSU" should have been "As for the GPU"?


Yeah I mean that you don't need more than 500W for single GPU setups, especially now that newer generation GPUs tend to use less power ;)  Can you give me a link from the store you plan to buy your hardware to check the prices and possible make a build for you? And how much you plan to spend in Euros?
10 March 2013 19:30:46

I use http://www.edbpriser.dk/hardware.aspx (site is in Danish but chrome might translate a bit ;)  )
Currently I am spending 6490 Danish kroner = 870.334856 Euros wich would be a great bargain in my perspective - but Danish components are rather expensive and imported components gets at least 25% higher price due to taxes....

Btw thank you for helping me! :)  It truly is great (and if you can put something together just like that I would be impressed since I have used 15+ hours choosing stuss :p  )
10 March 2013 19:59:56

Zalman Z5 PLUS
http://www.edbpriser.dk/kabinet/zalman-z5-plus-id-69969...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W
http://www.edbpriser.dk/stroemforsyning/xfx-core-editio...

FX FX-8320 8 MB (AMD Processor in a Box (PIB))
http://www.edbpriser.dk/processor/fx-fx-8320-8-mb-amd-p...

ASRock 970 Extreme4
http://www.edbpriser.dk/bundkort/asrock-970-extreme4-id...

G.Skill SNIPER Series 2 x 4 GB
http://www.edbpriser.dk/ram/gskill-sniper-series-2-x-4-...

Sapphire RADEON HD 7870 XT with Boost (Begr├Žnset version) (2 GB)
http://www.edbpriser.dk/grafikkort/sapphire-radeon-hd-7...

Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD120 120 GB
http://www.edbpriser.dk/ssd-solid-state-drive/samsung-8...

WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB
http://www.edbpriser.dk/harddisk/wd-blue-wd10ezex-1-tb-...

It took me a while I guess :p  I went with AMD because it offers identical perfomance at 1080p gaming, and It's cheaper. Also AMD will keep their motherboards for atleast one more CPU generation so you can upgrade later! SUM 5429 Danish!
10 March 2013 20:23:48

Thanks man! Ill definitely check this out! You rock :D 

Would you go for the same CPU cooler as I suggested? How does the processor compete in other applications? I have heard that there are generally more compatibility issues with AMD than with Intel and nVidia - what do you think?

Also what should I consider upgrading if I were to add more money to the build? I want to be sure that it can run new games almost maxed out at at least steady 90 fps - is this realistic for this build?

Also a question ill re-ask is how to know if everything (especially RAM) will fit in the build?