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July 11, 2013 10:08:13 AM

Ok, so im building a gaming computer for the 1st time so im new to the different components. I have a budget of about $1900. I have had many people tell me to get a z87 MOBO but have also been told that x79 is better. Can someone please explain the differences in these and why i should get 1 over the other???
Also, what GPU is good for gaming?

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a b V Motherboard
July 11, 2013 10:21:53 AM

Z87 is for LGA1150 Haswell CPUs. X79 is for LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E CPUS, which have more cores and threads, but those make little difference for gaming over a 4 core/4 thread i5 cpu. I think X79 has more PCI express lanes which allows more bandwidth when using 3 or 4 video cards. I'd say X79 is only worth it if you do something more cpu-intensive than gaming on your computer (e.g. video editing), or have a budget over $3k.
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July 11, 2013 10:26:12 AM

Yeah, X79 is a good choice if you need more than 2 graphics cards, or if you run programs that utilize more than 4 cores effectively and need the best performance possible.

Z87 is cheaper and at least as good (in some ways better) for most regular usage, including gaming.
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a b V Motherboard
July 11, 2013 10:44:39 AM

a gaming build tends to be around 1400 dollars. spending more for a x79 rig will not do you any good and for gaming, it performs worse
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July 11, 2013 10:45:02 AM

X79
Quad channel DDR3 (you need four matched sticks for this)
40 PCIe lanes (allows for dual 16x, quad 8x on larger boards)
i7-3820 quad core w/overclocking 130W (despite not having the k)
i7-3930k hex core w/ overclocking 130W
i7-3960x hex core w/overclocking +3mb l3 cache 130W
requires expensive cooling solution.
upcoming Ivy bridge E chips should support x79. Q1 2014?

Z87
6 native intel Sata III ports
PCIe 3.0 at dual 8x and/or one additional at 2.0 8x
Dual channel DDR3 memory.
i7-4770k (84W) quad core w/overclocking and hyperthreading (average 4.3-4.5Ghz)
i5-4670k (84W) quad core (average 4.3-4.5Ghz)
Requires expensive cooling solutions.
Upcoming Broadwell chips should be supported in this platform 2015.

z77
i7-3770k (77W) quad core with hyperthreading 4.5-4.8Ghz
i5-3570k (77W) quad core with hyperthreading 4.5-4.8Ghz
lower cost cooling works.
Latest chip for this socket, no upgrade path.

Dual GTX770 is about as good as it gets cost/performance on an expensive system. Single card solution would be a GTX780.

For AMD a pair of 7970, but crossfire is not exactly desirable. A single 7970 is a good 1900 budget option. Then you can pour money into SSD or monitors.
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