So I'm building my first gaming desktop, and I think I have all my parts figured out, but I'm just wondering about the compatibility of the parts I have picked out. I read that only the CPU, MOBO, and RAM have to be compatible, but I just want to make sure that these parts are compatible and that they'll fit in my case. Thanks!
If your budget permits, why not ditch the Hard drive initially, and use a SSD? A 120gb ssd will hold the os and a handful of games.
It will make everything You do feel so much quicker. Later, if you need to store large files, like video's, you can always add a hard drive later.
I would recommend an intel 330 series ssd for reliability. a 120gb unit is $130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So, that new motherboard looks pretty good, and it looks to be just as powerful as the one I have picked out but a little cheaper.
So that motherboard will still be compatible with my 2500k? Sorry for asking so many questions, I just want to be sure everything will work out.
A M-atx motherboard has only 4 expansion slots vs. 7 for a full ATX motherboard.
But.. how many expansion slots does one really need? For most of us, the answer is only one, for the graphics card.
It will be compatible with the full atx case you selected.