Which motherboards, coolers, and graphics cards will fit in your case? (2024)

When building a PC you will often run into different terms when shopping for parts, such as "ATX Motherboard", "ITX Motherboard" and so forth. This is because PC components come in a variety of sizes, and you need to make sure everything fits together when buying all of your parts.

With the CORSAIR PC builder you can skip all of the manual steps of trying to figure out if your brand new case supports the motherboard and graphics card that you've picked. In this article we will guide you through how it works, ensuring that you never buy all the components for a new build only to find out that your graphics card is just a bit too long to fit into your case, or that the cooler you've picked is just too big.

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Start by heading to the CORSAIR PC Builder.

The PC builder will guide you through various steps of picking compatible components. At first you might wonder why the PC builder needs to know what All-In-One CPU cooler you have in mind, when you just want to check if your motherboard or graphics card fits into your case.

The reason for this is because things can get complicated quickly, so you need to plan ahead. Say, for example, that you pick a CORSAIR 4000D case, and a very large graphics card. If you only check the specifications for the case and the graphics card, you will likely find that it will easily fit into your case. The curveball comes if you then buy a 360mm All-In-One CPU cooler only to discover that the only option is to mount it in the front of the case, and your graphics card now collides with it.

The PC Builder checks such things for you, and makes sure that such oversights never happen.

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The first thing you will be asked is what graphics card you plan on using. Current generation graphics cards can be huge, some even take up to four slots, so it's crucial to know the dimensions of this component when you are building your own PC. You can use the search bar to find a specific graphics card, or simply filter by manufacturer.

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After you have picked your graphics card, you'll be asked to select your CPU. This will dictate what motherboards and memory will be compatible with your choice. AMD and Intel use different motherboards, plus different chipset generations (Z590, Z690, Z790 for example) support different CPUs.

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Once you've defined your CPU, PC builder can now suggest compatible motherboards. There is a large selection of motherboards available for each generation, so we recommend checking out reviews from reputable sites and tech youtubers to see which motherboards fit your requirements best. Depending on your needs, you can end up spending anywhere from a hundred dollars or less all the way up to thousands.

The PC builder is incredibly smart at telling you exactly what will fit in your case of choice, but it cannot pick the CPU, Graphics card, and motherboard for you. CORSAIR doesn't manufacture those parts and they vary from generation to generation, so some research will be required here.

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With all your base components now selected the PC builder can provide you with a list of compatible cases for the boards you have chosen. For example, have you chosen a large extended-ATX motherboard? If so, it isn't likely to be supported by smaller cases such as the 4000D and 220T. In order to solve this, you can either pick a larger case (one of the recommended cases) or pick a standard ATX motherboard instead.

The choice of case will also have impact on which cooling solutions you can use. At the time of writing this article the CORSAIR 7000D and 1000D are the only cases that support 420mm AIO coolers, while the 5000D is limited to 360mm AIO coolers (which for most users will also be more than sufficient.)

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With these base components chosen, you know have the initial blueprint for your new PC, and can start customizing which case, accessories, coolers etc. you want to have. The PC builder will only suggest parts that are compatible with your selections, but you can at any time go back and select other base components.

Which motherboards, coolers, and graphics cards will fit in your case? (2024)


How do I know what motherboard will fit in my case? ›

If you only check the specifications for the case and the graphics card, you will likely find that it will easily fit into your case.

How do I know if a graphics card is compatible with my motherboard? ›

1 Check the specifications

These can be found on the manufacturer's website, the product manual, or the packaging. Specifically, make sure that the expansion slot on the motherboard matches the interface of the graphics card (usually PCI Express or PCIe).

Do all motherboards work with all graphics cards? ›

The first thing you need to check is whether your motherboard has a PCIe slot that matches the GPU's requirements. PCIe is the standard interface used to connect graphics cards to motherboards. Most modern GPUs require at least one PCIe x16 slot, which is a long slot that typically has a retention clip on one end.

How do I find a compatible graphics card for my PC? ›

How to Check Graphics Card Compatibility?
  1. Availability of PCIe x16 slot on the motherboard.
  2. Adequate space in the cabinet for the graphics card.
  3. Availability of both 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe Graphics (PEG) connectors in power supply.
  4. Both CPU and RAM are fast enough not to be a huge bottleneck.
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How do you know what my motherboard can handle? ›

You can check the motherboard documentation and find the specifications section. Once you've located the specifications section, you should be able to see the maximum amount of system memory that can be installed and the number of available slots on your motherboard.

Will an ATX motherboard fit in? ›

ATX motherboards can fit in most full-size and mid-size towers, but it's rare to find a small form factor case that can fit a full size ATX board. There are larger cases designed to support the larger Extended ATX standard motherboards which can usually take ATX boards too.

How do I choose a graphics card for my motherboard? ›

Match your monitor resolution. Many mainstream cards are sufficient for gaming at 1080p resolutions at between 30-60 fps, but you'll need a high-end card for 4K resolution or 1440p monitors, including ultrawide options. That goes double if you want to use high in-game settings on the most demanding titles.

How do I match my CPU GPU and motherboard? ›

Research the CPU socket type supported by your motherboard to determine which CPUs are compatible. Once you've identified the socket type, it's time to consider the CPU generation and series. Manufacturers like Intel and AMD release new CPU models regularly, each belonging to a specific generation and series.

Can I use DDR3 graphics card on DDR4 motherboard? ›

Yes, you can use a DDR3 or DDR5 GPU on a DDR4 motherboard. It does't matter as long it has no other compatibility issues. GPU VRAM works independently than motherboard RAM.

How do I figure out what motherboard I have? ›

Here's how:
  1. Hit the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open Run. Type msinfo32 into the text box and click OK.
  2. Select System Summary in the left panel. Information about your motherboard is listed next to the following three headings: BaseBoard Manufacturer. BaseBoard Product. BaseBoard Version.
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Are all motherboards compatible with everything? ›

They are not compatible with all CPUs. Nowadays, motherboards are intended either for AMD CPUs or for Intel CPUs. Both have their own sockets and chipsets and are not cross-compatible. The sockets also change between generations of CPUs.

Are GPUs limited by motherboard? ›

Well, different motherboards support different amounts of GPUs. Take a look at the motherboard in question, how many PCI-E x16 slots are there? GPUs use x16 slots so however many there are, that is the max. Some motherboards however have more PCI-E x16 slots than the amount of GPUs it can support.

Do graphics cards fit in any PC? ›

Most graphics cards will fit in standard full-size PC cases, but if your case is a smaller form factor and your graphics card is especially large, you might run into issues.

What graphics card does my computer support? ›

You can find out what graphics card you have from the Windows Device Manager. In your PC's Start menu, type "Device Manager," and press Enter to launch the Control Panel. Click the drop-down arrow next to Display adapters, and it should list your GPU right there.

Does the motherboard have to match the case? ›

Motherboards typically come in different form factors, such as ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX. Choose a motherboard that fits your case without any issues. Consider the number and types of expansion slots your motherboard offers.

What cases can fit an ATX motherboard? ›

Mid-Tower cases are the most popular and are able to house larger ATX motherboards.


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