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July 23, 2013 7:54:30 PM

So I want to get the best motherboard for overclocking with this build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZ8f
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZ8f/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZ8f/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($8.29 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.50 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($176.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($427.23 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($158.76 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.00 @ Canada Computers)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1892.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 22:53 EDT-0400)

My goal is to reach 4.5 GHz on my 4770k, but I guess as Haswell processors are a bit hard to overclock that high, I might accept to stay on 4.3 or 4.4.

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July 23, 2013 7:59:02 PM
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Seladon said:
So I want to get the best motherboard for overclocking with this build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZ8f
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZ8f/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1jZ8f/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($8.29 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.50 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($176.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($427.23 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($158.76 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.00 @ Canada Computers)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse ($14.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1892.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 22:53 EDT-0400)

My goal is to reach 4.5 GHz on my 4770k, but I guess as Haswell processors are a bit hard to overclock that high, I might accept to stay on 4.3 or 4.4.


I'd go with Z87 PRO or Z87 Sabertooth :) 
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July 23, 2013 8:01:28 PM

I might pick the asus maximus vi gene, a m-atx motherboard :
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximu...

But, realize that how well you can oc your 4770K is mostly determined by luck of the bin.
The motherboard will make very little difference.
But... not to worry, the 4770K is a very capable chip even at stock speeds. Any oc you get is a plus.
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July 23, 2013 8:05:10 PM

geofelt said:
I might pick the asus maximus vi gene, a m-atx motherboard :
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximu...

But, realize that how well you can oc your 4770K is mostly determined by luck of the bin.
The motherboard will make very little difference.
But... not to worry, the 4770K is a very capable chip even at stock speeds. Any oc you get is a plus.


the bolded statement basically says it all. the basic requirements for z87, along with the heat issues of haswell, means that unless you're using reverse-phase, or LN2, or some other form of sub-zero cooling for extreme overclocking, the motherboard will make little to no difference in the final clock you get. the CPU/silicon lottery will be the primary determining factor.

if you are not planning to already, you'll be much better off getting something like a ASUS z87 pro, Asrock extreme 6 etc, and see how much money you can pull together for a custom water-loop.
July 23, 2013 8:14:59 PM

Isn't going with a mini-atx motherboard a bit of a waste in an ATX full tower ? Why not make use of that space and keep some place for future improvements ?

I do have a lot of budget left... if we remove the h100i that I did put in the build, I could get like 520$ for a custom water-cooling. But the problem is that I'm totally new to water-cooling, and it doesn't quite seems to be as accessible, I prefer to buy things at Ncix.com because of their Price Match service, and the fact that I only pay one tax when I buy there. Maybe I could get some advices on that ?
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July 23, 2013 8:26:14 PM

How many expansion slots might you possibly use? For most of us, the answer is none past the graphics card.
A full ATX has 7, a M-ATX has 4, and even ITX has one for a graphics card.

If you need triple sli, then you need a full ATX sized motherboard. Even the asus I suggested is capable of sli, not that I recommend that.
You would need a stronger psu to be able to run sli GTX770, ore like 850W.

I like smaller cases. I use the Silverstone TJ08E which holds M-ATX motherboards. The supplied 180mm front fan provides plenty of filtered air. The case supports any sized air cooler. I use a noctua NH-D14. the whole thing is virtually silent. The only reason for liquid cooling is to be able to get the last 0.1 out of your OC
It is just not worth it. Air coolers are just as quiet, cost less, are more reliable, and quieter. I read about too many tales of woe where a liquid cooler has leaked and destroyed everything.

If you have budget to spend, may I suggest a 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 monitor?
The extra size and detail is very nice for gaming.
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July 23, 2013 8:26:32 PM

Seladon said:
Isn't going with a mini-atx motherboard a bit of a waste in an ATX full tower ? Why not make use of that space and keep some place for future improvements ?

I do have a lot of budget left... if we remove the h100i that I did put in the build, I could get like 520$ for a custom water-cooling. But the problem is that I'm totally new to water-cooling, and it doesn't quite seems to be as accessible, I prefer to buy things at Ncix.com because of their Price Match service, and the fact that I only pay one tax when I buy there. Maybe I could get some advices on that ?


Just stick with H100i it's a pretty good cooler for haswell. Anyway, I bought all the parts for my haswell build at NCIX too! :)  And like they said, the overclocking capability depends on the silicone lottery, and apparently I'm one of those unlucky ones as my Haswell can only hit 4.1Ghz max with 1.210v and runs hot even though I got a Kraken X60 cooler.
July 23, 2013 8:36:42 PM

Might be interesting for the monitor, go on.

I'll stick with my H100i then, and... I'd like to know the differences between like, the ASRock Z87 Extreme6, the ASUS Z87-Pro, and the ASUS Maximum Vi Gene. What could make one better than the other. Is it the brand, or is there some specs on one that I could want and that isn't on the other ones ?

Edit : Another thing that I was thinking about was dual monitoring, which ones would be good for that ?
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July 23, 2013 9:16:31 PM

Seladon said:
Might be interesting for the monitor, go on.

I'll stick with my H100i then, and... I'd like to know the differences between like, the ASRock Z87 Extreme6, the ASUS Z87-Pro, and the ASUS Maximum Vi Gene. What could make one better than the other. Is it the brand, or is there some specs on one that I could want and that isn't on the other ones ?

Edit : Another thing that I was thinking about was dual monitoring, which ones would be good for that ?


Extreme 6 and PRO is pretty much the same specs, just different brand names. Maximus Gene is a Micro-ATX board. As for the dual monitoring, motherboard doesn't have any thing to do with it as it's the GPU's job to handle the monitors, so you should look for a good card that's excellent for dual monitor setup. I suggest either GTX 770 or 780. :) 
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July 23, 2013 9:34:16 PM

I already have the GTX 770 listed in my build. I was looking more for which two monitors to pick actually. And for the motherboard I'm going to pick the Asus Z87-PRO.
July 24, 2013 4:45:56 AM

I would go with MSI MPOWER MAX. 260$ on newegg.
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July 24, 2013 12:43:04 PM

Seladon said:
I already have the GTX 770 listed in my build. I was looking more for which two monitors to pick actually. And for the motherboard I'm going to pick the Asus Z87-PRO.


You could get a pair of this monitor, it's on sale, it's an IPS display - Awesome Color reproduction and view angles and IMO, it's one of the reliable brands out there: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+23%26%2334%3B+Widesc...
July 24, 2013 12:56:27 PM

It doesn't look that bad, except for the only 1 year warranty...
July 24, 2013 2:38:15 PM

Looks good, thank you.
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July 24, 2013 2:50:37 PM

Seladon said:
Looks good, thank you.


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