First time desktop builder (hardcore gaming, 1 monitor, all-purpose use) and new forum user. I've refined the following build through my own extensive research over the past month. Looking to build within a week.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.74 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
My questions: Will the RAM i selected clash with my cooler? How can i tell if it's a low-profile RAM stick? If i wanted to buy more of this RAM in the future, I'd just stick the 2 new sticks in slots 2 and 4, having the original 2 sticks in slots 1 and 3, correct? When i build this, do i have to configure this RAM specially in the BIOS (i read somewhere it's non-standard)?
Excellent! Just the reply i was looking for! How could you tell that the cooler sits high enough away from the RAM teeth? I feel like a lot of people have the problem where their components are compatible, but the RAM just doesn't fit because of the cooler.
I'll go ahead and read that now...manuals tend to overwhelm me but we'll see how it goes!