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This is my first time building a computer and I just need to make sure everything is compatible. So I know this is a very broad question but what specification features of each hardware effect the compatibility of the other hardware? e.g how does a processor fit into the motherboard and how would the motherboard fit into the case ext.
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The main compatibility issue you have to watch out for is the CPU and motherboard.

Only Intel processors will run on Intel motherboards.. the same is true for AMD processors.

At the same time, you have to see the motherboard specifications to see what socket they support. Newer high end motherboards are designed to run Intel I7 or AMD AM3. A lot of times, motherboards support multiple types of sockets.. you just have to look at the specifications.

The last real issue you have to look out for is DDR3 and DDR2 memory. Newer motherboards can run DDR3 memory but a lot of other motherboards can only run DDR2 still. Again, you can look all of that up in the motherboard specifications.

Hope this helps.
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