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June 27, 2013 8:57:34 AM

Hello all. I am looking for a decent gaming motherboard that will get me the most bang for my buck. This is my first build so I am new to this sort of thing. Also, how does one go about deciding what sort of power supply to get? Also if there are any general suggestions about my build I am open to anything! :) 

The specs on my build are going to be:
Tower:
Antec Twelve Hundred
http://m.newegg.com/Product?itemNumber=N82E16811129100

Memory:
16GB (2 x 8) DDR3 1600
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168201...

HDD:
1TB 7200rpm
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168221...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168191...

GPU:
2 x gtx 760 2GB VRAM in SLI
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168141...

I am also thinking about getting a ssd sometime but I am unsure at the moment due to the extra cost.

Greatly appreciate all help/suggestions!! :) 

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June 27, 2013 9:11:31 AM

For gaming you only really need 2x4 = 8gb of RAM, but to each their own.

I'd look somewhere in the region of a gigabyte z77 ud3h, asrock extreme 6 for motherboards. Lots of room for future tinkering for not a huge price premium. And about 700-800w PSU for those two cards.
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June 27, 2013 9:30:50 AM

Buying Ivy is a bad choice. Dead socket, No upgrade path. Try this

80 dollars off this combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This memory

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2013 10:05:40 AM

Intel God said:
Buying Ivy is a bad choice. Dead socket, No upgrade path.


Hardly a bad choice. Get an ivy and you can sit out haswell, and probably even broadwell, save yourself for skylake or beyond.
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June 27, 2013 10:07:55 AM

drtoast said:
Intel God said:
Buying Ivy is a bad choice. Dead socket, No upgrade path.


Hardly a bad choice. Get an ivy and you can sit out haswell, and probably even broadwell, save yourself for skylake or beyond.


Right now on newegg the 4670K is 10 dollars more then the 3570K and Z77 and Z87 mobo's are comparable so you're saying saving 10 dollars is worth it by going with last generation?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2013 10:13:24 AM

Intel God said:
drtoast said:
Intel God said:
Buying Ivy is a bad choice. Dead socket, No upgrade path.


Hardly a bad choice. Get an ivy and you can sit out haswell, and probably even broadwell, save yourself for skylake or beyond.


Right now on newegg the 4670K is 10 dollars more then the 3570K and Z77 and Z87 mobo's are comparable so you're saying saving 10 dollars is worth it by going with last generation?


Depends what they wanna do, if overclocking is their thing they would be better off with an ivy. Plus I'm in the UK, where we are getting stung in the ass by haswell prices, making the ivy even more attractive ;)  I'm sick of people going oh haswell is best blah blah blah, it's just not true in some places :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2013 10:14:04 AM

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June 27, 2013 10:17:01 AM

drtoast said:
Intel God said:
drtoast said:
Intel God said:
Buying Ivy is a bad choice. Dead socket, No upgrade path.


Hardly a bad choice. Get an ivy and you can sit out haswell, and probably even broadwell, save yourself for skylake or beyond.


Right now on newegg the 4670K is 10 dollars more then the 3570K and Z77 and Z87 mobo's are comparable so you're saying saving 10 dollars is worth it by going with last generation?


Depends what they wanna do, if overclocking is their thing they would be better off with an ivy. Plus I'm in the UK, where we are getting stung in the ass by haswell prices, making the ivy even more attractive ;)  I'm sick of people going oh haswell is best blah blah blah, it's just not true in some places :p 


I love a good Haswell vs Ivy debate because there's so much confusion to whats fact and whats just thrown out there. Haswell requires 2 more changes to overclock compared to ivy's just changing the multi and voltage. Once you get past that little tidbit they are pretty much the same. My 3770K and 4770K both topped out at 4.6Ghz on air. Delidded they both were clocked at 4.8Ghz with the 4770K running alittle cooler but overall for a new build haswell is the way to go.

Just look at that kid in the cpu section with the 4670K. He's throwing a tantrum because he cant take the time to play with settings and get everything right. :lol: 

endeavour37a said:
Actually I do not care for the Haswell at all, would rather have an Ivy, but I do like the Z87 over the Z77..............




I'd love to hear your reasons why
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June 27, 2013 11:12:26 AM

Intel God said:
Buying Ivy is a bad choice. Dead socket, No upgrade path. Try this

80 dollars off this combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This memory

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I think I am going to stick with my memory as it is cheaper and I do not see any difference in specs, unless you have a good reason behind this choice? Also, is there any reasoning behind the different gpus? I am looking for this to be a learning experience as well so the explanations for your choices would help me sooo much! I do like the Mobo/CPU combo, though. Thank you!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2013 11:54:52 AM

Intel God said:

I love a good Haswell vs Ivy debate because there's so much confusion to whats fact and whats just thrown out there. Haswell requires 2 more changes to overclock compared to ivy's just changing the multi and voltage. Once you get past that little tidbit they are pretty much the same. My 3770K and 4770K both topped out at 4.6Ghz on air. Delidded they both were clocked at 4.8Ghz with the 4770K running alittle cooler but overall for a new build haswell is the way to go.

Just look at that kid in the cpu section with the 4670K. He's throwing a tantrum because he cant take the time to play with settings and get everything right. :lol: 


I'm lax with regards cooling, I want it to run cool at oc load without having to faff with buying extra fans.

Haswell can run a good twenty degrees hotter trying to accomplish the same thing.
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June 27, 2013 12:03:58 PM

drtoast said:
Intel God said:

I love a good Haswell vs Ivy debate because there's so much confusion to whats fact and whats just thrown out there. Haswell requires 2 more changes to overclock compared to ivy's just changing the multi and voltage. Once you get past that little tidbit they are pretty much the same. My 3770K and 4770K both topped out at 4.6Ghz on air. Delidded they both were clocked at 4.8Ghz with the 4770K running alittle cooler but overall for a new build haswell is the way to go.

Just look at that kid in the cpu section with the 4670K. He's throwing a tantrum because he cant take the time to play with settings and get everything right. :lol: 


I'm lax with regards cooling, I want it to run cool at oc load without having to faff with buying extra fans.

Haswell can run a good twenty degrees hotter trying to accomplish the same thing.


Dude stop with the 20C bs already. Both chips werent at the same vcore so ofcourse one is going to run hotter
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June 27, 2013 12:16:01 PM

Intel God said:

Dude stop with the 20C bs already. Both chips werent at the same vcore so ofcourse one is going to run hotter


I am amazed you still fail to understand that it had to be at a higher vcore, because it wasn't stable at a lower one. It's a no brainer that it will be hotter at higher vcore, but its also a no brainer that comparing a stable OC to an unstable one isnt a fair test either. Suck it up.
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June 27, 2013 12:32:59 PM

drtoast said:
Intel God said:

Dude stop with the 20C bs already. Both chips werent at the same vcore so ofcourse one is going to run hotter


I am amazed you still fail to understand that it had to be at a higher vcore, because it wasn't stable at a lower one. It's a no brainer that it will be hotter at higher vcore, but its also a no brainer that comparing a stable OC to an unstable one isnt a fair test either. Suck it up.


Im amazed you actually think every chip runs at exactly the same vcore for every clock speed. Some chips require more voltage and some dont
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June 27, 2013 12:35:25 PM

Guys I didnt make this thread to host a haswell/ivy argument. I simply asked for advice. Please stop.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2013 1:31:41 PM

Intel God said:


Im amazed you actually think every chip runs at exactly the same vcore for every clock speed. Some chips require more voltage and some dont


I dont think that, I do think that xbit and Tom's own reviews both agree that they are bad for desktop enthusiast overclocking. And that they have some pretty serious testing equipment, with both saying it runs hotter the moment you have to increase voltage.

Seriously the internet is a wonderful library of information, read it.
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June 27, 2013 2:46:28 PM

The OP is asking for advice not an Ivy Bridge- Haswell argument. Any further posts that do not address the OP will be deleted.
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