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September 2, 2013 9:56:12 PM

I recently bought a custom computer from a coworker of mine. After some research, I discovered that the computer is woefully underpowered for the games I want to play, so I'm hoping to get a new motherboard, CPU and graphics card. Can someone point me in the direction of a good gaming motherboard?

Something with room for a wifi adapter (I believe it's PCI-Express), no need for crossfire, DDR3, preferably Intel CPU but I could go for an AMD if it's a better deal, average overclocking potential (not sure if I'll actually do it but it would be nice to have the option), that can run modern games on high settings with little to no effect on performance (that might actually have more to do with the graphics card), for somewhere between $150-$220.

I'm not very knowledgeable about motherboards, so if there's any more information I can provide, please let me know!
a c 476 4 Gaming
a c 1305 V Motherboard
September 2, 2013 10:14:06 PM

is that 150-220 for mobo, cpu and GPU or just mobo - and if mobo, what CPU are you looking at?
September 3, 2013 1:00:26 PM

Tradesman1 said:
is that 150-220 for mobo, cpu and GPU or just mobo - and if mobo, what CPU are you looking at?


It's for the mobo. I don't really have a CPU in mind, would it be better to find a CPU first then look for a compatible mobo?
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a c 476 4 Gaming
a c 1305 V Motherboard
September 3, 2013 5:20:54 PM

Think I'd look for CPU first yes, I'd look at maybe the 3570K or 4670K, the 3570K is a gen older, but you'll be able to run it as long as a 4670K, many will tell you it's a dead socket, but in effect so is the 1150 for the 4670K if you get anything now, when Broadwell comes out, it will have a new chipset and the mobos will be running DDR4, so you wouldn't be futureproofing as many like to spout, plus the 3570 runs cooler, OCs better and overall is a good match vs the 4670K
September 11, 2013 1:35:06 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Think I'd look for CPU first yes, I'd look at maybe the 3570K or 4670K, the 3570K is a gen older, but you'll be able to run it as long as a 4670K, many will tell you it's a dead socket, but in effect so is the 1150 for the 4670K if you get anything now, when Broadwell comes out, it will have a new chipset and the mobos will be running DDR4, so you wouldn't be futureproofing as many like to spout, plus the 3570 runs cooler, OCs better and overall is a good match vs the 4670K


Awesome, thank you for the advice!
a c 476 4 Gaming
a c 1305 V Motherboard
September 11, 2013 7:48:13 AM

No problem, keep us updated
September 11, 2013 11:32:58 AM

Tradesman1 said:
No problem, keep us updated


Update!

So for the CPU, I'm thinking i5 3570k. I know it's supposed to be a dead socket, but I've seen a lot of people saying that the 1150 will probably change in a couple years anyway, and I'm sure that the 3570k will last me that long with proper overclocking. For the motherboard, I'm considering the Asus P8Z77-V (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V/). For the most part I picked it because it has built in wifi (extremely convenient for me), SLI/Crossfire support and pretty much anything else I would need. Any advice or is this a good combo?

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September 11, 2013 5:26:16 PM
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Nice combo, it will serve you well, I figure my 2570K will be running for a few years yet, as will my Sandy Bridge 2500K/P67, and you're right will probably see HYbrid 1150s coming out in less than a year running either a combo of DDR3 and DDR4 and/or just straight up DDR4 mobos
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