I just wanted to be sure that all the cables will reach wherever they need to go and everything fits, and that everything I need comes with all the parts.
All I am really asking for now is for a confirmation that my build looks good and I go ahead and start ordering.
Short answer: yes. Everything looks compatible and the cords should reach to where they're needed. If you're hyper-sensitive about aesthetics, you can usually find extensions that will help you route cables more cleanly (like behind the motherboard as opposed to laying across it).
I am not worried about looks. As long as laying cables across the motherboard won't hurt anything then that is fine.
As to your motherboard question, there are a lot of solid motherboards in that price range - ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock and MSi. All reliable manufacturers, all make great boards. I would compare them side-by-side. Focus on things you need, not things you'd like to do...someday. Here are some factors to consider when buying a motherboard:
- what are the I/Os on the back panel? One may have 4 USBs plus an HDMI, where another may offer 6 USBs. Which is more important to you?
Since I am plugging my pc into my TV won't I plug the HDMI cable into the GPU instead of the motherboard?
Quote:Where are the connectors for fans, power, and other cables? I love ASRock, but they had one board where all the PWM connectors were smack-dab in the middle of the board. No getting around hiding the cabling there.What PCI connectors do you need and where are they located? You have a PCIex1 adapter but the only PCIex1 slot is right above the PCIex16 slot where the GPU will go, thus covering it up. Granted, you should be able to place the PCIex1 in any slot but who wants to put an x1 in the third x16 slot?Speaking of GPU, where are the SATA connectors? It's very common to have SATA connectors covered by the end of a GPU. Are they right-angled? That may help.
This is where you lose me. Remember I am new to this so I have no idea what you are talking about here. Sorry for my ignorance, I am sure it can be frustrating trying to explain something like this to me.
Quote:Last, read quality reviews and see what other people are saying. Are there a noticeable number of RMAs? If there are bad reviews, is the manufacturer responding? Though it may not be indicative of the actual customer support, it's better than seeing complaint after complaint with no outreach from the manufacturer.
I have read reviews and have seen good things with an acceptable number of RMAs and good customer support.
Hope this helps.
It does. I appreciate you taking the time to explain things to me.