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    Default MOBO nightmares

    Alright, so I'm in the last few hours of choosing my parts for a budget system for school, and finding a motherboard that will just work has been a complete nightmare. I have made a few choices, but my current fear is that my videocard simply will not fit on the motherboard that I've chosen. I'm not sold on any motherboard yet, but the one I have is one the few that doesn't have DOA or bios not working in more than 1/3 of the comments and customer reviews. My intended parts list:

    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813136160
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...2E16814161164R
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103533
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820220037
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822144701

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: MOBO nightmares

    All parts you chose should be just fine. While not top of the line, it will have a good deal of power for normal computing and school tasks as well as enough juice to play a vast majority of current games.

    One note on DFI... they make a very solid product aimed at the enthusiast/overclocker, but their motherboard documentation normally sucks. As long as you are comfortable with rooting in the BIOS during your initial setup, you should have no issues. There is also a good DFI forum that has a lot os enthusiasts that can help out as well (link here).
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    Thanks Darth. Do you think that the videocard will bump into the north bridge cooler then? I just want it all to fit together, and I'm already satisfied with the performance that I'm looking at. I was confused though...what did you mean by "Rooting in the bios during my initial setup?" Thanks!

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    The DFI northbridge coolers are quite flat so should not interfere with the video board. Some have noted that low-sitting video cards will rest on the outer housing of this fan, but this has been approved as something that will not cause issues from DFI... and I have yet to here of someone having a real issue with this anyway. I use a DFI board with a similar fan and the GeCube X1900XTX I use fits just fine (it is a double sized device like the one you are looking at).

    As to rooting around in the BIOS, I refer to going in and making initial adjustments in the different settings tabs. Some folks don't care for this activity thinking it will trash the system if they make a small mistake. It won't, of course, but my reference was only to let you know that you may have to make some settings changes before the system is stable.
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    Thanks again Darth. One final question and then I swear to god I'll leave you alone.

    Will this power supply be enough?

    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817148006

    Thanks so much for everything!

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    Power-wise it should be, but I have not tested that brand PSU before so can't make any assurances about its quality. Check around for some hardware reviews of it to help make your decision.
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