Will the GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 mobo fit into the Thermaltake Chaser MK-i case? I'm currently taking a computer repair class and will be working towards my A+ certification. I would like to get some advice or maybe some better options. I picked the Phenom II x4 955 processor over the i5-3570k to save money. The 955 is going for $94.99(with a $10 promo code from Newegg) while the i5-3570k is going for $215-$230, for a savings of $130-$145. With the money I'm saving on the CPU, I decided to splurge on the Radeon HD 7850, which is going for $219.99 with a $20 mail in rebate from amazon. Listed below is what I've decided on so far.
Case: Thermaltake Chaser mk-i
Board: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 or the UD5 ( I can't decide, but I do know the UD5 will fit with no problems)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio
Graphics Card: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR-800P 800w Power Supply
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM
SSD: Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB (2x8 GB) 1600MHz or Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) 1600 MHz (Corsair is $5.00
more than the Kingston)
Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
If it's an ATX motherboard and ATX case, they will be guaranteed to fit.
The Frio is a nice cooler, but it interferes even with low profile RAM. A Hyper 212 EVO is a good cheap cooler. An 800w PSU is overkill. Geta 550w or 600w. Don't get a hybrid drive. Just get a HDD and SSD. Don't get 16GB. Get an 8GB kit.
Correct choice. My main rig has 16Gb in it for the sole reason that I can safely disable the paging file - there is nothing I do that uses more then 10 gigs of RAM... and turning it off eases the strain on my SSD boot drive. Honestly the paging file *was* a great idea back when people had 64 megabytes of ram in their box, however in today's computing world it is unnecessary and will actually slow you down. (unless you do some crazy modeling stuff on your PC, in which case you will prolly go with more then 16 gigs of ram anyway )
After much deliberation, I think I narrowed it down to what I have listed below.
AMD Phenom x4 955 Black Edition (I'm going to overclock to 3.8GHz)
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ board
Arctic Cooler Freezer 13
Antec Earth Watts Series EA-750
Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 16GB (2x8GB)
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002
Cooler Master HAF 912
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit