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January 12, 2013 12:08:37 AM

Hello everyone!
As the title says, I want help with my new PC.
I've been searching for days now, trying to see if everything is compatible with each other, but some infomation I could not find, like if the processor cooler, case, motherboard and RAM I'm about to buy are compatible with each other, due to their sizes. So, I wanted to ask to people who either had/have it, or people that have more knowledge than me, so here I am!

This is my new PC spec, the GPU I already bought it since my old one broke, but I'm going to list it anyway for size compatibility with motherboard, case, etc.


PC Case and Fans
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced - 2x Cooler Master 120mm 2000RPM 69CFM fans
Plus the 2x 200mm 700RPM and 1x 1700RPM already included with HAF 912 Advanced
What I was planning to do was using a bottom, the front and side fans blowing air to the inside of the case,
while the back and top ones (back - 1x 120mm 2000RPM and top - 1x 200mm 700RPM) blowing the hot air to the outside of the case.

Motherboard
Asus P8H61-M OR P8Z77-M
Still not sure which to buy, because I could buy the P8Z77-M if later I want 2 GPU's, 4 RAM's and 6 HDD's. :p 

Processor and Cooler
Intel Core i5 3570k - Cooler Master X6 Elite

GPU
EVGA GTX560

RAM
2x 8GB DDR3 1600mhz Corsair Vengeance

PSU
750w Corsair Enthusiast Series


By the specs anyone can see it's clearly for games, but I also want a fast PC because I use a lot of tabs on Firefox and a lot of open windows, that's the reason I was planning to add 16GB of RAM.
So, will all this be compatible? Should I consider changing something?

Apologies for the long post, and if I posted this on the wrong section.


Thanks in advance!

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January 12, 2013 12:21:55 AM

your specs are fine but u dont need 16gb of ram just get 8gb that will be fine
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January 12, 2013 2:18:37 AM

Also, get the z77 board if you're planning to add a second card in the future and such. It's not worth it to get the cheaper board if you're eventually gonna spend more money on a better one later.
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January 12, 2013 2:26:30 AM

skitz9417 said:
your specs are fine but u dont need 16gb of ram just get 8gb that will be fine


But wouldn't it be faster with 16GB?
If not, when would someone need more than 8GB?


ChilledGrease said:
Also, get the z77 board if you're planning to add a second card in the future and such. It's not worth it to get the cheaper board if you're eventually gonna spend more money on a better one later.


Yeah, I was thinking about buying the P8Z77-M, so later if I wanted I could put another GPU and more RAM.
Thanks, I'm gonna buy the Z77 one :) 
But is it compatible with everything else, because of the size of the RAM and processor cooler.
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January 12, 2013 2:39:32 AM

Yes, it is compatible, but I would get a [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo[/url] instead of the X6. It performs within 1-3 degrees of the x6 and costs a good deal less. I have one, and it keeps my 3570k @ 4.3 GHz under 25C at idle, and around 45C at full burn.
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January 12, 2013 2:52:54 AM

ChilledGrease said:
Yes, it is compatible, but I would get a [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo instead of the X6. It performs within 1-3 degrees of the x6 and costs a good deal less. I have one, and it keeps my 3570k @ 4.3 GHz under 25C at idle, and around 45C at full burn.
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That's really good, the one on this PC keeps 44~47 idle and 55~65 at full load on a Core 2 Duo E8400 stock.
But I don't live in the USA, so sometimes I can't find a place that sells certain hardware.
I found some stores online here that sells that cooler, but they're all out of stock, and the X6 isn't.
The other thing I liked about the X6 is his design and the honeycomb fins, that helps air flow in the case. It's perfect for me because I'm paranoid about overheating :p 
But since I'm not gonna be buying everything right now, I'm gonna try to get that one if they come on stock when I get around to buy the cooler.
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