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January 30, 2014 3:16:19 PM

Hey guys, first time builder here. I think I've gotten my build exactly where I want it and would really appreciate it if you guys would look over it one last time. Going to be used for single monitor 1080p gaming.
Will my ram be a problem with my aftermarket cpu cooler? I've heard that they sometimes don't fit.
Does it fitting rely on the motherboard?
Is there a different motherboard in the same price range that you would recommend? I've been having a hard time deciding on one. Thanks for reading, please comment! :) 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2KpQX

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a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2014 3:33:38 PM

I don't think your RAM clearance will be an issue if you stick the RAM in the 2nd and 4th slots which is dual channel config. However if you plan on upgrading in the future and filling all 4 RAM slots then the Ripjaws X will not fit under the 212 EVOs fan in the 1st slot. So you would need to get lower profile RAM.

Here are a few motherboards round about that price range I have heard many people recommend and good things about.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45gami...
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January 30, 2014 3:53:49 PM

Ronaldspiers said:
I don't think your RAM clearance will be an issue if you stick the RAM in the 2nd and 4th slots which is dual channel config. However if you plan on upgrading in the future and filling all 4 RAM slots then the Ripjaws X will not fit under the 212 EVOs fan in the 1st slot. So you would need to get lower profile RAM.

Here are a few motherboards round about that price range I have heard many people recommend and good things about.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45gami...


How should I pick ram? What's better, speed or latency for gaming? 2x4 or 1x8?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a2...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2014 4:06:37 PM

2x4 GB sticks are better. As for speed, you're really not going to notice a difference in performance with super fast expensive RAM.

I would go with the 1866 CAS 9 RAM. Its still fast and nearly $20 cheaper than the 2133MHz RAM.
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January 30, 2014 4:10:10 PM

Ronaldspiers said:
2x4 GB sticks are better. As for speed, you're really not going to notice a difference in performance with super fast expensive RAM.

I would go with the 1866 CAS 9 RAM. Its still fast and nearly $20 cheaper than the 2133MHz RAM.


I came to that conclusion as well, one last thing. I've always just went right to the EVGA 770's but now I'm seeing that they're a bit more expensive than the other ones. Does it really matter?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770tf2gd5o...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx770dc2o...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42774k...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn770...

How do I choose??
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2014 4:29:02 AM

Theyre all pretty great. I think the Gigabyte would be the fastest of the bunch and the ASUS would probably have the best cooling. The difference between them all is not going to be huge. And any of them would make for a killer gaming machine.
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