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My first pc build - two questions

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brownie224

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This is my first build and I am concerened about all the parts fitting together. I've been using PCPartPicker and all the parts are compatible but I have read that the cpu cooler I have chosen might get in the way of the RAM. (GA-H97M-D3H motherboard and Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM cooler)
Could someone suggest a good cpu cooler that isn't so big?
Also is a 500 watt power supply enough? The GPU calls for 400 watts or greater.
 
The function of this PC is gaming and photo editing. I understand that this motherboard cannot be overclocked which I don't plan on doing. I am on a budget, trying to keep it around $800. As for the case, it cannot be wider than 8.5 inches and no deeper than 18 inches.
 
My current list of chosen components is here
 
Thanks
 

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Hello brownie224,

 

Couple of points worth mentioning;

 

The H20 Cooler;

 

You can avoid this potential problem by using the stock HS and cooling fan that ships with the processor and by doing so you will remove the possibility of voiding the 3 year Intel warranty, see my canned text below;

 

Your aftermarket cooler, using any cooler other than that which is supplied with a PIB (processor in a box) has the potential to void the standard three year CPU warranty, see below;

 

The warranty details provided by Intel are somewhat vague and using a third party cooler does not automatically void your warranty but please be aware of the following;

 

damage to the Product due to external causes, including  accident, problems with electrical power, abnormal electrical, mechanical or environmental conditions, usage not in accordance with product instructions,  misuse, neglect, alteration, repair, improper installation, or improper  testing;

Full Intel article here

 

With the above in mind I would suggest that you first try the stock cooler provided, if you later decide to use a third party cooler because you are unhappy with the performance of the stock cooler please be aware that you use any third party cooler at your own risk.

 

FWIW: Having asked an Intel representative the question regarding third party coolers voiding the Intel PIB three year warranty**, the answer was no it does not directly void the warranty, Intel CPUs returned under warranty will be subject to inspection to determine if the processor failure was the result of incorrect installation of the processor and/or the cooler or usage outside of the recommended Intel guidelines such as extreme overclocking.

 

** Transcript available to view if required.

 

 

The CPU.

 

You have said that you will not be overclocking and so do not need the k version of the processor, the i7 4790 is not as fast as the k version but the difference is minimal and it would save you some cash.

 

The Ram.

 

While it is compatible 1333MHz is slow by today's standards and you would be best with 1600MHz, the single 8GB stick should be replaced by 2 X 4GB sticks, this will enable the Ram to run in dual channel mode + if one stick goes bad you will still be able to use the computer, neither is the case with a single 8GB stick.

 

The 500W PSU output is enough for the present list of hardware.

 

You have not included an OS in your list of parts, Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit will add around $90 to the overall build cost.


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Ooh thanks for the tip about the RAM. I have Windows 7 already and I'll check into the non-k version of this cpu. The stock cooler sounds like my best option here. Thank You


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I have Windows 7 already

 

 

Fine if it is a full retail disk and the product key is not in use on another computer when you install it on any new build, if an already used OEM product key it cannot be used on any new build.

 

Any questions along the way please ask and definitely let us know how the new build performs.

 

You are welcome btw  :)


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