Question Physical compatibility between parts

zachteran

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So I’m building a pc for a friend, and I’ve made a parts list on pc part picker, something I’ve done many times. Most of the time pcpartpicker catches most compatibility issues and normally I would too but I’m unfamiliar with some of the parts in the build. (Here’s the link to the build):
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Zachteran131/saved/MJkFt6

My question, other than overall compatibility, is if the cpu fan added into the build would be able to fit into the thermaltake case it’s being built in. If someone would be able to answer this eventually that would be amazing, I am in no rush!
 
It's an okay build.

I would go with this though, which will be much better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($184.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B360-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($114.99 @ Corsair)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.82 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link - TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.50 @ Amazon)
Total: $522.05
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-28 06:34 EST-0500


You don't need an aftermarket cooler the I5 8400 comes with a stock cooler which works perfectly for that CPU. Also, if you can fit this SSD into the budget for your OS Drive, it will make your system super snappy:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Storage: Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($31.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $31.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-28 06:36 EST-0500
 
If you want the best bang for buck and future proof, you should be going AMD route.
Similar price but better.
Here's the equivalent AMD system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($114.99 @ Corsair)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.82 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link - TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.50 @ Amazon)
Total: $528.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-28 08:50 EST-0500


Price is very close, but for gaming alone at 1080p the Intel system will win out on pure FPS. So 'better' is not wholly accurate.
 
With the above build, you get 6 more threads and future proofed until 2020.
Also change the ram to https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Cf98TW/gskill-memory-f43200c16d16gvkb (G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory )
There is practically zero difference between 3000/3200mhz DIMMS for Ryzen performance. Ryzen loves faster ram, yes. But the biggest bump in performance is going from 2400mhz up to 2933, after that the effects of faster ram taper off, and the difference between 3000 and 3200 is barely 1-2%. In addition the Corsair is CL15 timings, which makes up for the 200mhz difference as the Gskill are CL16.
 
There is practically zero difference between 3000/3200mhz DIMMS for Ryzen performance. Ryzen loves faster ram, yes. But the biggest bump in performance is going from 2400mhz up to 2933, after that the effects of faster ram taper off, and the difference between 3000 and 3200 is barely 1-2%. In addition the Corsair is CL15 timings, which makes up for the 200mhz difference as the Gskill are CL16.
You may not have clicked on the link, but its $10 cheaper that what you have selected
 

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