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Best Z87 Gaming Motherboard, Asus Maximus VI Extreme vs Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5

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June 17, 2013 2:44:09 PM

Asus Maximus VI Extreme vs Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5

Making new build: 4770K, GTX 780 X2, 16GB 2400MHZ

Can't decide what gaming motherboard to pick. Want to overclock the CPU 4.5GHz+ stable. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 seems to be a little more expensive.

Which do you think is the best motherboard for features and overclocking?
a b K Overclocking
a b 4 Gaming
a b V Motherboard
June 17, 2013 4:12:26 PM

Can't help on the mobo if u are locked into those two but will say spending a lot doesn't have tangible results in gaming even with dual gpu's:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6694/msi-z77-mpower-revie...

That leads me to the ram - do you have a use case where u need 2400? Unless haswell does something very different there's no point above 1600 for gaming:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
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a c 555 4 Gaming
a c 1504 V Motherboard
a c 786 Ĉ ASUS
June 17, 2013 7:16:34 PM

What else are you going to be doing with it?
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June 18, 2013 10:55:53 AM

Water cooling, mainly Blu-ray /home theater, heavy video editing & photoshop not much else mainly Gaming

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a c 555 4 Gaming
a c 1504 V Motherboard
a c 786 Ĉ ASUS
June 18, 2013 12:01:59 PM

Still either would be a good choice, might throw price in and save where you can, invest that in more and/or higher freq DRAM which would help with the editing and Photoshop projects
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a b V Motherboard
August 31, 2013 8:34:09 PM

For gaming? I'd get the Biostar Hi-Fi ..yes indeedy I would;and put the saved $ to a more powerful GPU
Oh..and keep in mind that Haswell will clock RAM as high as the RAM will go..
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August 31, 2013 9:18:06 PM

Depends on the CPU model as far as DRAM goes, the K models can go with high freq, the locked models not very much.......I myself, like with MSI won't touch lower tier mobos like BioStar
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