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New Build *HELP* - ASUS Z87 MOBO

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June 2, 2013 5:34:20 AM

Hey everyone, woohoo - Haswell got released! Been waiting on this for a few weeks once I decided to build my very first computer. Anyway, I've got this build right now and I need help selecting a motherboard from ASUS. Here is my build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/127bi

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.78 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $152.98)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $1329.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 08:35 EDT-0400)
Now, the processor I've selected is the Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K

Can you help me pick a motherboard? Budget is $1,900 and primary purpose is video editing in Vegas, Photoshop, and then gaming. Please and thank you!

Also, need help selecting the best RAM for a reasonable price - having a difficult time figuring that out and what will be compatible with my motherboard.

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June 2, 2013 5:42:51 AM

A single 7970 is not a good choice for 5760x1080. I would recommend going with a couple GTX 770 in SLI.

The ASUS Z87-PRO is a good choice. Alternatively, consider the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
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June 2, 2013 5:44:35 AM

slomo4sho said:
A single 7970 is not a good choice for 5760x1080. I would recommend going with a couple GTX 770 in SLI.

The ASUS Z87-PRO is a good choice. Alternatively, consider the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming


I apologize for not being specific. The gaming will be on one screen. Sorry about that.

Okay, motherboard looks nice. What are the main differences between the Pro, Expert, and Sabertooth though? I can't seem to find any big ones.
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a b V Motherboard
June 2, 2013 6:05:11 AM

The monitors you chose are gaming monitors. If you want a great all around monitor then you gotta go IPS.
I love gaming on TN monitors but photoshop and color accuracy are found in IPS monitors.
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June 2, 2013 6:07:10 AM

envy14tpe said:
The monitors you chose are gaming monitors. If you want a great all around monitor then you gotta go IPS.
I love gaming on TN monitors but photoshop and color accuracy are found in IPS monitors.


I'm aware. I wish I had some. Unfortunately, I already purchased these monitors a year or two ago. They are great, but I agree that IPS monitors are better. Oh well!
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June 2, 2013 6:14:14 AM

MakingTrevenue said:
envy14tpe said:
The monitors you chose are gaming monitors. If you want a great all around monitor then you gotta go IPS.
I love gaming on TN monitors but photoshop and color accuracy are found in IPS monitors.


I'm aware. I wish I had some. Unfortunately, I already purchased these monitors a year or two ago. They are great, but I agree that IPS monitors are better. Oh well!

Aesthetically, three of the same monitors looks better than two different kinds. Your Asus monitors are great though.
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June 2, 2013 6:22:28 AM

MakingTrevenue said:
envy14tpe said:
I like your build but I'd rather get a better PSU. I'd get this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12i...

And a EVGA 770:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42773k...


I believe I'll keep the graphics card I have - I do appreciate your input. What is wrong with the PSU I have now? It's not cheap and has good reviews.


Keeping the 7970, fair enough. Just giving you another option.

The best manufacturers of PSUs are Seasonic and Antec. I recommend both and XFX (all XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic). Rosewill is not considered as good as those. I'm just recommending based on top tier makers.
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June 2, 2013 6:31:12 AM

envy14tpe said:
MakingTrevenue said:
envy14tpe said:
I like your build but I'd rather get a better PSU. I'd get this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12i...

And a EVGA 770:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42773k...


I believe I'll keep the graphics card I have - I do appreciate your input. What is wrong with the PSU I have now? It's not cheap and has good reviews.


Keeping the 7970, fair enough. Just giving you another option.

The best manufacturers of PSUs are Seasonic and Antec. I recommend both and XFX (all XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic). Rosewill is not considered as good as those. I'm just recommending based on top tier makers.


Alright, how about this build then: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/127C0

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $152.98)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $119.99)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $1694.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 09:30 EDT-0400)

With this motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


EDIT: MADE A NEW THREAD. REFER TO IT IF YOU WANT TO COMMENT ON THIS BUILD.
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a b V Motherboard
June 2, 2013 6:53:11 AM

envy14tpe said:

The best manufacturers of PSUs are Seasonic and Antec. I recommend both and XFX (all XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic). Rosewill is not considered as good as those. I'm just recommending based on top tier makers.


Actually, the Hive is of equal tier to the Seasonic you recommended. Both models are high quality and either would do fine.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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June 3, 2013 6:04:02 AM

MakingTrevenue said:


I apologize for not being specific. The gaming will be on one screen. Sorry about that.

Okay, motherboard looks nice. What are the main differences between the Pro, Expert, and Sabertooth though? I can't seem to find any big ones.


Try this asus z87 comparison guide :) 
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