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Building a Gaming Rig and Cant Choose a Motherboard

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June 14, 2013 2:20:06 PM

To those that read my planned rig, first thank you for your time. I hope this helps you help me, in choosing the best most appropriate motherboard for my needs.

I intend to play high end games, max settings live-stream/record and have voip programs running simultaneously.
Aside from gaming the computer will be used with adobe products, 3d modeling, and compiling of code. Hope that gives an idea of what im building for.

I want my computer to last me a few good years with minimal upgrading. With this in mind I would appreciate a look at my cpu, because I am concerned it may be a bit dated. I do not know. However it seems to be a great cpu and I imagine it will last me a good while...

Keep things reasonable, money does not grow on trees. No real budget.

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

(have a different CPU suggestion? i like others thoughts)
Basically motherboard needs LGA 2011 compatibility.

I intend to overclock and liquid cool.

Have not decided but will probably be GTX 680 or GTX 780 still deciding how many cards I will be purchasing. Lets just say the motherboard must be able to support multiple cards.

I do not want a motherboard with on-board graphics, however I will accept it if I must.

Depends, however I think 3 is my personal limit and probably not any 3d.
I will probably be getting a sound card to support full surround and optical in/out for headphone support.

12gb ram or more. I do not see myself ever surpassing 32gb.
OS will be installed to a SSD. Nothing else will be on this SSD.
Two other SSD's for storage purposes.

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
(If you know a different case that might be cheaper but still a good quality case please tell)
I am also considering mounting the computer on my wall using a plexiglass pegboard or something similar(having no case)

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June 14, 2013 2:25:33 PM

Lga 2011 dosnt suppourt onboard graphics at all in any sence so no worries lol
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June 14, 2013 2:29:42 PM

I would wait for a roundup of the new Z87 motherboards disregard...
June 14, 2013 2:58:08 PM

bignastyid said:
Here's the board I run and I have been very happy with it.

Hmm, I like what am seeing. I think you may have solved my motherboard issue. Not sure if i would stick to the regular edition of it or go for the extreme edition.

I would still appreciate other suggestions if any exist or comments on things to consider changing in the rig. Thank you guys for the feedback.

On a side note: Any 3rd or even 4th gen equivalents or better to the CPU i am considering? Or would you guys say to just stick with that.