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July 22, 2013 10:57:34 PM

Hi, according to my budget, i want to choose one motherboard from gaming perspective? I am very confusing because i have less knowledge about hardware.
1. Asus P8H77-M LE
2. GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H

My other specs are:

CPU: i7-3770
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme II 525W
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz (8GBx1)
GPU: GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 760 2GB
HDD: Seagate 2TB 64MB Cache

Any hardware expert, kindly guide me which mobo would better for my specs and my purpose is only for gaming. And also guide me that either single channel RAM (8GBx1) is good or dual channel (4GBx2)??????

Thanks! :)  :) 
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July 22, 2013 11:46:43 PM

dadpad88 said:
Hi, according to my budget, i want to choose one motherboard from gaming perspective? I am very confusing because i have less knowledge about hardware.
1. Asus P8H77-M LE
2. GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H

My other specs are:

CPU: i7-3770
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme II 525W
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz (8GBx1)
GPU: GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 760 2GB
HDD: Seagate 2TB 64MB Cache

Any hardware expert, kindly guide me which mobo would better for my specs and my purpose is only for gaming. And also guide me that either single channel RAM (8GBx1) is good or dual channel (4GBx1)??????

Thanks! :)  :) 


Get Haswell CPU and Z87 chipset.

and allways use dual channel memory ... if you can make it 2x8G
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July 23, 2013 12:08:14 AM

Since your main use is gaming a i5 would be better for gaming. You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period. A i5 3570K and good Z77 based motherboard would work great. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would work great. Unless you can get it cheaper there is no real reason to go with a Z87 and 4xxx CPU as the performance increase is really not there except on the igpu side. But since you are using a discrete GPU that is not a issue.

As for ram dual channel would be best and you would not need more than 8gig for gaming so 2x4gig for dual channel.
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July 23, 2013 11:31:14 PM

bryonhowley said:
Since your main use is gaming a i5 would be better for gaming. You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period. A i5 3570K and good Z77 based motherboard would work great. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would work great. Unless you can get it cheaper there is no real reason to go with a Z87 and 4xxx CPU as the performance increase is really not there except on the igpu side. But since you are using a discrete GPU that is not a issue.

As for ram dual channel would be best and you would not need more than 8gig for gaming so 2x4gig for dual channel.


I understand but i have a question that as you suggest me "You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period." you mean to say that i5 is enough for gaming???? But for upcoming high-threaded games like GTA 5, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Battlefield 4 etc. which require Intel HT Technology, I think i7 would better. What you suggest?????
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July 23, 2013 11:46:14 PM

dadpad88 said:
bryonhowley said:
Since your main use is gaming a i5 would be better for gaming. You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period. A i5 3570K and good Z77 based motherboard would work great. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would work great. Unless you can get it cheaper there is no real reason to go with a Z87 and 4xxx CPU as the performance increase is really not there except on the igpu side. But since you are using a discrete GPU that is not a issue.

As for ram dual channel would be best and you would not need more than 8gig for gaming so 2x4gig for dual channel.


I understand but i have a question that as you suggest me "You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period." you mean to say that i5 is enough for gaming???? But for upcoming high-threaded games like GTA 5, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Battlefield 4 etc. which require Intel HT Technology, I think i7 would better. What you suggest?????
Thanks


There is a reason to get Z87 , here are the reasons :

1- 6 Sata 3 ports NATIVE from Z87 , the H77/z77 has only TWO
2-2 more pairs of USB3 as well Native and cheap.
3- The "Z" chipset allows you to use the onboard intel Graphics WITH your dedicated graphics for Movie Rendering using Quick Sync , this is the fastest movie encoder at cheaper price.
4-The sound on Z87 new mobos are MUCH better than old mobos.
5- there are 30$ combo deals for Z87 mobos which will lower them to the Z77 prices.
6- using 16 G is better , people talk only about Games .. try editing movies and see the difference , or try rendering or using photoshop.

have a nice day !
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July 24, 2013 12:17:23 AM

SNA3 said:
dadpad88 said:
bryonhowley said:
Since your main use is gaming a i5 would be better for gaming. You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period. A i5 3570K and good Z77 based motherboard would work great. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would work great. Unless you can get it cheaper there is no real reason to go with a Z87 and 4xxx CPU as the performance increase is really not there except on the igpu side. But since you are using a discrete GPU that is not a issue.

As for ram dual channel would be best and you would not need more than 8gig for gaming so 2x4gig for dual channel.


I understand but i have a question that as you suggest me "You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period." you mean to say that i5 is enough for gaming???? But for upcoming high-threaded games like GTA 5, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Battlefield 4 etc. which require Intel HT Technology, I think i7 would better. What you suggest?????
Thanks


There is a reason to get Z87 , here are the reasons :

1- 6 Sata 3 ports NATIVE from Z87 , the H77/z77 has only TWO
2-2 more pairs of USB3 as well Native and cheap.
3- The "Z" chipset allows you to use the onboard intel Graphics WITH your dedicated graphics for Movie Rendering using Quick Sync , this is the fastest movie encoder at cheaper price.
4-The sound on Z87 new mobos are MUCH better than old mobos.
5- there are 30$ combo deals for Z87 mobos which will lower them to the Z77 prices.
6- using 16 G is better , people talk only about Games .. try editing movies and see the difference , or try rendering or using photoshop.

have a nice day !


But for upcoming high-threaded games like GTA 5, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Battlefield 4 etc. which require Intel HT Technology, I think i7 would better. What you suggest?????
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July 24, 2013 3:24:31 PM

dadpad88 said:
SNA3 said:
dadpad88 said:
bryonhowley said:
Since your main use is gaming a i5 would be better for gaming. You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period. A i5 3570K and good Z77 based motherboard would work great. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would work great. Unless you can get it cheaper there is no real reason to go with a Z87 and 4xxx CPU as the performance increase is really not there except on the igpu side. But since you are using a discrete GPU that is not a issue.

As for ram dual channel would be best and you would not need more than 8gig for gaming so 2x4gig for dual channel.


I understand but i have a question that as you suggest me "You will gain nothing by using a i7 in a gaming rig period." you mean to say that i5 is enough for gaming???? But for upcoming high-threaded games like GTA 5, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Battlefield 4 etc. which require Intel HT Technology, I think i7 would better. What you suggest?????
Thanks


There is a reason to get Z87 , here are the reasons :

1- 6 Sata 3 ports NATIVE from Z87 , the H77/z77 has only TWO
2-2 more pairs of USB3 as well Native and cheap.
3- The "Z" chipset allows you to use the onboard intel Graphics WITH your dedicated graphics for Movie Rendering using Quick Sync , this is the fastest movie encoder at cheaper price.
4-The sound on Z87 new mobos are MUCH better than old mobos.
5- there are 30$ combo deals for Z87 mobos which will lower them to the Z77 prices.
6- using 16 G is better , people talk only about Games .. try editing movies and see the difference , or try rendering or using photoshop.

have a nice day !


But for upcoming high-threaded games like GTA 5, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Battlefield 4 etc. which require Intel HT Technology, I think i7 would better. What you suggest?????
Thanks


Playstation 4 and Xbox one , both are 8 cores machines , so expect future games to be optimized for 8 cores. so yes an i7 with 8 threads is better and more future proof.

well , if you have the Money to spend OFC it is better to get the i7 , it is more future proof.
it is a $100 difference . so here is the deal

if this $100 is what stopping you from getting a bigger card , like GTX 780 for example , or GTX 770 , then put it on the CARD not on the CPU .

if you can get the GOOD GPU and i7 , then OFC buy them both ...

What you will get from Better GPU and i5 , is far more fps than what you will get from i7 + lower GPU

if you go i7 , then MAx out the GPU first.
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August 30, 2013 10:36:06 PM

And even on the games that might have optimizations for HT until they come out and we can play them no one can really tell how well they will work. The fact is no matter how you slice it HT is still fake cores they are not real in any way shape or form. Each real core has a fake core so games that do not support it can cause stuttering with it enabled. So do you optimize your gameing rig for the 100's of games that do not use it or the two or three that might use it.

Friends of mine that have gone with i7 have had to disable HT in the BIOS to stop the stuttering they were having in games. That makes the $100 more that they spent on a i7 into a very expensive i5!
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