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Need Mobo Help (Want an ASUS and new to PCs) i7-3770K

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July 8, 2013 8:34:02 PM

This is going to be my first PC in at least a decade (I've had mostly Macs)

I wanted to know which motherboard I should buy. I plan on using this computer for gaming and HD video rendering/ capturing and this is what I have picked so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($125.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1452.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 23:31 EDT-0400)


A lot of people have told me that mobo's don't matter that much, but thay also haven't told me what I need and I know theres a ton of different P8Z77 models so which one should I buy?

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July 8, 2013 8:39:40 PM

Nice selection, I'd suggest the ASRock Z77 extreme 4 or possibly the Extreme 6, might also reconsider the cooling the H80 is a good liquid setup, but doesn't matchup to a Hyper 212 EVO on air, for that would need about a H100 for breakeven..also you don't list the actual DRAM model, most Vengeance set at 1600 are CL9, would suggest going a CL8 at 1600 (or CL7), or just move up to 1866 CL8 or 9, price is very similar
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July 8, 2013 8:57:34 PM

I've heard that ASUS is the most reliable.

As for the RAM this is all it says: 6GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module (16 GB 2 x 8 GB - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 - Unbuffered - 240-pin DIMM)

and I don't know what that means lol my friend just told me that corsair makes really reliable and fast RAM

as for cooling, that hyper 212 is only like $35 (if I'm looking at the right model) so is liquid cooling bad? Jumping up to the h100 wouldn't be a big dea because it's only a $10 difference.


Thank you for your replies!
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July 8, 2013 9:13:03 PM

Yes, they make good DRAM, 1600/8 is basically entry level, just thinking migh want to step it up a bit...Was just saying the EVO cooler at $35 cools better than the more expensive H80 and is on a par/even level with the H100, could save money and have better cooling the H80, I've used well over 100 EVOs on builds and put them against the H80, H100 and some other liquid setups, liquid can be good for extreme OCing, but few get into that
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July 8, 2013 9:16:01 PM

Yes their is many members who feel motherboards do not matter very much.While others feel they do i won't try and confuse you with none of that though lol!I would recommend this it's a very reliable solid choice that will serve you well for many years to come! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you prefer something cheaper this would be a decent choice!By the way i have done several builds with these motherboards that's why i recommend them of course there is many other great choices i just stick with what i personally have experience with hope it helps good luck!Ever since the Z77 era, Gigabyte’s motherboards have been one of my favorites given the amount of features they’re able to cram in for the asking price, and with the release of the Z87 based counterparts, Gigabyte has once again delivered an absolutely stellar product for the price.

the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H, one of Gigabyte’s latest motherboards sporting Intel’s latest 8 series chipset. While an 8 series chipset is mandatory for Haswell processor support, it does bring on some marginal improvements such as support for six native SATA 6Gb/s ports along with six native USB 3.0 ports, effectively standardizing the faster SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 interfaces, which should’ve been done with the last generation 7 series chipset.

Of course, the new 8 series chipset isn’t the only thing Gigabyte is bringing to the table with the Z87X-UD3H. The new motherboard also features a completely revamped UEFI interface, which is much more intuitive and responsive when compared to last generation offerings. The new board also features Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable initiative, now in the 5th generation, which consists of a number of a features such as a fully digital IR power delivery system, 10K solid black capacitors, 2x copper PCB design, glass fabric PCB, and more. We also have full support for PCIe 3.0, multi GPU support, and a whopping 32GB of DDR3 memory. As for connectivity, we’ll get a whopping eight SATA 6Gb/s ports and ten USB 3.0 ports thanks to the new 8 series chipset.

Oh, and did I mention the board looks really damn good too? There really is nothing like a solid black PCB with chromed out heatsinks. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Memory – 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 Low Profile

corsair-vengeance

With Haswell also came improvements in the integrated memory controller allowing for better support of memory at higher frequencies, but like what we saw from Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, higher clocked memory doesn’t necessarily translate into noticeable real world results, which is why I am kind of set my eye on 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Low Profile memory.

While those with big budgets (and big overclocking ambitions) may go with a memory kit such as the Dominator Platinum 2666MHz kit, those more down to earth will find that the Vengeance Low Profile 1600MHz kit will be more than enough for your gaming needs.

For those also looking to do some video recording and editing on the side, be sure to pick up 16GB of memory in a 2x8GB configuration such as the Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600Mhz to leave additional room for expansion should it be necessary down the line.
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July 8, 2013 9:18:54 PM

Nice mobo there but it's an 1150 socket, won't work with a 3770K needs to be 1155 socket
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July 8, 2013 9:19:14 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Yes their is many members who feel motherboards do not matter very much.While others feel they do i won't try and confuse you with none of that though lol!I would recommend this it's a very reliable solid choice that will serve you well for many years to come! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... f you prefer something cheaper this would be a decent choice! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


that actually isn't compatible. I need an LGA 1155, and that's 1150

EDIT: Also I did plan on overclocking which is why someone suggested the liquid cooler but if the EVO cooler is better I'll definitely go with that.

Also should I change the RAM? I basically blind picked that because Corsair has a good reputation
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July 8, 2013 10:34:22 PM

BowDownMLG said:
11121530,0,682005 said:
Yes their is many members who feel motherboards do not matter very much.While others feel they do i won't try and confuse you with none of that though lol!I would recommend this it's a very reliable solid choice that will serve you well for many years to come! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... f you prefer something cheaper this would be a decent choice! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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that actually isn't compatible. I need an LGA 1155, and that's 1150

EDIT: Also I did plan on overclocking which is why someone suggested the liquid cooler but if the EVO cooler is better I'll definitely go with that.

Also should I change the RAM? I basically blind picked that because Corsair has a good reputation[/quotemsg :ouch: ]Lol!Oops!I mixed up threads :pfff:  my apologies it's been a long day!:lol:  Yes the EVO is better price vs performance but it's actually not as good as the H-100 however i am not a fan of those closed loop water cooling kits reason why is their performance isn't very much better then air heatsinks such as the NH-D14 and Phanteks PH-TC14PE, both of which are cheaper and performance,is very close to that of the H-100,As for the ram you do not have to change it if you are going to go with the H-100 but if you are going to go with a aftermarket cpu cooler it be best you go with low profile ram the reason for this is quite simple. We’re talking about fast, reliable, and cost effective memory backed up with Corsair’s legendary warranty. It’s 1.5v memory which ensures that it’s fully compatible with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, and it’s also got low profile heatspreaders as well, which is much more versatile for those looking to outfit the CPU with a powerful air cooler .
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July 8, 2013 10:55:05 PM

Well fellas it's been a long day !Time for bed for me.I am sure you all can take care of any other questions.I'll check in later tomorrow if any further assistance is needed God bless!
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July 8, 2013 11:15:00 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Tradesman1 said:
With IB I'd look to 1866 with either CL8 or 9, at 8 the GSkill Tridents

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

or at 9 the Snipers

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

I used to use a lot of Corsair and Mushkin, but have favored Gskill the last 5 years or so, even do volunteer support work on their forums as an Admin

G.SKILL Sniper Series is also a solid choice.
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Yep that's why I listed them (the Snipers)
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July 9, 2013 12:19:57 PM

Tradesman1 said:
With IB I'd look to 1866 with either CL8 or 9, at 8 the GSkill Tridents

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

or at 9 the Snipers

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

I used to use a lot of Corsair and Mushkin, but have favored Gskill the last 5 years or so, even do volunteer support work on their forums as an Admin



whats the difference between 1600 and 1866? on the vengeance I had picked out it was CL9. Also it was 16 gb not 6, I copied and pasted wrong.

I'm still a little confused on the Mobo. Is gigabyte better than ASUS? I'm looking to stay in the $1,500 ish range, under is great but a little over isn't bad.
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July 9, 2013 12:33:29 PM

Gigabyte and Asus both make great boards, If I were you I'd look at both and see if they have the features YOU WANT, then if both do, can look at extras over and above, and quite often from there, people will go with color scheme or just the name, you're the one that has to be happy with it, there's lot's of us out here that may lean towards a particular brand or their may be features WE like, but it comes down to what you want
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July 9, 2013 3:50:36 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Gigabyte and Asus both make great boards, If I were you I'd look at both and see if they have the features YOU WANT, then if both do, can look at extras over and above, and quite often from there, people will go with color scheme or just the name, you're the one that has to be happy with it, there's lot's of us out here that may lean towards a particular brand or their may be features WE like, but it comes down to what you want


but what features do i need other than it being compatible with my CPU? I don't know anything about Mobos and all the different options and prices were confusing me
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July 9, 2013 3:55:44 PM

ASRock Z77 extreme 4 < Love that board.
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July 9, 2013 4:00:20 PM

Blackbird just seconded my choice from earlier, the Rock EX4, which is also the mobo I'm using at the moment....anyway, do you have any specific need like number of hard drives, optical drives, SSDs, do you plan to run multiple GPUs (video cards), do you have a need for any particular number of USB devices or a need for USB 3 devices? are you going to OC the CPU....these are the type of things you'd want to find in a mobo
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July 9, 2013 5:24:55 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Blackbird just seconded my choice from earlier, the Rock EX4, which is also the mobo I'm using at the moment....anyway, do you have any specific need like number of hard drives, optical drives, SSDs, do you plan to run multiple GPUs (video cards), do you have a need for any particular number of USB devices or a need for USB 3 devices? are you going to OC the CPU....these are the type of things you'd want to find in a mobo

1TB HDD
256 GB SSD (might get a 128 but I'm leaning towards more memory)
1 GPU - GTX 780
a key board, mouse, monitor I might get a black magic intensity pro for consoles and HDMI capture in general. Everything I have right now use regular USB ports

I might get a blu ray reader/ writer but not right away

I do want to OC my CPU (thats why I was leaning towards the corsair liquid cooler)

Is there anything else you need to know?


EDIT: the black magic intensity pro- http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/intensity/mode...
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July 9, 2013 5:28:05 PM

I'd stick w/ the original suggestion the Rocks Z77 Extreme 4, will cover all you want need and give you room to grow
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July 9, 2013 5:30:59 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I'd stick w/ the original suggestion the Rocks Z77 Extreme 4, will cover all you want need and give you room to grow


Alright thank you! and what about the cooler? should i switch to the one you mentioned or go with the H100 ?
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July 9, 2013 5:45:09 PM

I'd go with the Hyper 212 EVO, about the same cooling wise and take the difference out for a night on the town
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July 9, 2013 6:07:36 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I'd go with the Hyper 212 EVO, about the same cooling wise and take the difference out for a night on the town


Thank you for all of your help!
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July 9, 2013 6:17:43 PM

No problem, let us know how it all goes and how you like it ;) 
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August 15, 2013 5:04:16 PM

Now you're talking, the ROG is a great laptop!
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