Building a PC - are these parts compatible?

Hi guys,

I'm looking to build a PC with the following parts. It's been a long time since I've built a PC, so I'm not up to speed on which parts are compatible with other parts etc. So I'm looking for a sanity check, or if there are any flaws in what I'm looking to buy. I'm building the machine primarily for 3D modelling and rendering, so that's the reason it's got a beefy graphics card and processor.

So my two questions are:

Do all of the slots, sockets etc. match up? i.e. does everything slot into the Motherboard OK?
Do the parts work together well? i.e. are there any compatibility issues?

Here are the parts I'm looking at:

Hard drive
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive

Power Supply
NZXT HALE90 V2 NP-1GM-0850A 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active@0.99(Typically) ...

G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-32GTX

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

Operating system
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

Liquid Cooling
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ...

Mother board
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video card
NVIDIA® Quadro® K4000 VCQK4000-PB 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

Solid state drive
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  1. Are you going to be building a workstation or a gaming rig? I'm assuming you're going for a workstation - in that case it looks good to me.

    On second thought the only thing I'd really change is dropping the crappy H60 for a higher end air fan like a Noctua NH-U9B.
  2. Are you going to underclock that memory or tweak the motherboard timings \ voltages? It seems the motherboard doesn't natively support that high of frequency memory. why not just get standard DDR3 1600 sticks? Based on my modest experience, I am not sure that memory is the best match for this build.
  3. @g-unit1111: Yes, it's a workstation. Would the config need to be different for gaming? I checked out the fan you mentioned and it's not liquid cooling. Does that matter, or would you still say that it's better than the one I have?

    @Preecher: I'm looking for some equivalant 1600 sticks now. I didn't realize that the motherboard would cap the frequency of the sticks, and it's probably to get 1600 to keep them working together properly, right?
  4. I am not 100% sure that memory wouldnt work but I am skeptical that it would work without some tweaking.

    The safe bet is to get some ddr1600 with good timings imho. Here is what your mobo claims to support.

    DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066

    I am only recommending 1600 because the mobo supports it and its a very common ddr3 memory.

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  6. Thanks for the link! If the motherboard supports 1866 DDR3, would that be better than 1600?
  7. "1866 DDR3" is "faster" than 1600 DDR3 but I don' think you would see any real world differences. You also need to consider the latency of the memory. 1600 with a low latency might actually outperform 1866 with a higher latency. There are lots of things to consider such as your FSB speed with relation to the memory speed... but if you are not going to overclock or do anything crazy, then then 1600 should be a nice 1:1 timing with your motherboard frequency and I think you will be satisfied.
  8. @Preecher:Thanks for your advice! its been a huge help :)
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