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Hello I am going crazy trying to figure out what Motherboard i want for my i7-4770k

Hello i am going crazy trying to figure out what motherboard i want for my i7-4770k i have done a fair amount of research but still have not decided on what motherboard i want. I want to know what the best "Gaming" motherboard is for the i7-4770k

I have been looking at these motherboards could you let me know if they are any good? or can you help me find better ones! please

MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130692

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131989

ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132038

I just want help deciding on what the best "Gaming" Motherboard is i plan on OCing it to 4.2Ghz max and i am going to be running a single GPU 780 ti superclocked http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487001

Help me pick somthing i am going crazy trying to figure out what one i like best and what one to pick!

Also help me find some good ram with the selected motherboard we decide to get

Thanks for all information in advanced it is much appreciated. you are awesome thank you for reading!
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  1. w would go for the hero, good balance of price and features
  2. Those are just motherboards i was looking at not sure if i want those what is the best gaming motherboard?
  3. the Maximus series pf Asus is considered very good for gaming
  4. jinayhvora said:
    the Maximus series pf Asus is considered very good for gaming
    PF standing for platform? What is better then the hero or the formula

    is there any better motherboards than those 2 or those are the best for gaming?
  5. of course the formula is better but the hero offers u more bang-for-the-buck
    *that was of :p
  6. jinayhvora said:
    of course the formula is better but the hero offers u more bang-for-the-buck
    *that was of :p
    What is better the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming or ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA for overall performance FPS wise
  7. the motherboard does not affect ur fps in game, the only reason for buying an expensive one would be if u want the I/O features
  8. jinayhvora said:
    the motherboard does not affect ur fps in game, the only reason for buying an expensive one would be if u want the I/O features
    What are I/O features or what does I/O features mean?
  9. the no of USB or SATA or PCIe connections
  10. jinayhvora said:
    the no of USB or SATA or PCIe connections


    Well not really sure what PCIe's are i know about sata and usbs but not that if you could explain how does it have a impact on gaming? or what ever it has impact on
  11. PCI Express is the slot that ur GPU or other add-in cards such as sound/WiFi cards go into
  12. jinayhvora said:
    PCI Express is the slot that ur GPU or other add-in cards such as sound/WiFi cards go into
    i am aware that the hero , formula and the MSI z87 gd 65 gaming motherboards all have on board sound cards built in. would i be able to put a better one on my motherboard to get a better sound quality or will the on board sound card interfere with the new card if i decide to upgrade? will there be no problems?
  13. no, u would be able to, but that's not recommended, beause its gonna eat PCIe bandwidth otherwise avalable to the GPU
  14. jinayhvora said:
    no, u would be able to, but that's not recommended, beause its gonna eat PCIe bandwidth otherwise avalable to the GPU
    oh so more expensive motherboards allow you to get more pcie bandwidth to your gpu and ur sound card you can run both no problem?
  15. Konane said:
    jinayhvora said:
    no, u would be able to, but that's not recommended, beause its gonna eat PCIe bandwidth otherwise avalable to the GPU
    oh so more expensive motherboards allow you to get more pcie bandwidth to your gpu and ur sound card you can run both no problem?



    More expensive motherboards may give you:

    Better quality components in terms of durability
    Better performing components such as better sound, stronger VRM
    Exclusive features like ASUS's ROG connect
    More USB 3.0, POSSIBLY better expansion slot layout, more SATA port
    Additional PLX chips may give you the ability to run more expansion cards
    Better aesthetics, very objective

    There are definitely more things but I can not think of them right now
  16. shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    jinayhvora said:
    no, u would be able to, but that's not recommended, beause its gonna eat PCIe bandwidth otherwise avalable to the GPU
    oh so more expensive motherboards allow you to get more pcie bandwidth to your gpu and ur sound card you can run both no problem?



    More expensive motherboards may give you:

    Better quality components in terms of durability

    Better performing components such as better sound, stronger VRM
    Exclusive features like ASUS's ROG connect
    More USB 3.0, POSSIBLY better expansion slot layout, more SATA port
    Additional PLX chips may give you the ability to run more expansion cards
    Better aesthetics, very objective

    There are definitely more things but I can not think of them right now
    So should i get the Asus maximus 6 Hero or the Asus Maximus 6 Formula what one is better? is the 100$ more price worth it? the formula?
  17. Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    jinayhvora said:
    no, u would be able to, but that's not recommended, beause its gonna eat PCIe bandwidth otherwise avalable to the GPU
    oh so more expensive motherboards allow you to get more pcie bandwidth to your gpu and ur sound card you can run both no problem?



    More expensive motherboards may give you:

    Better quality components in terms of durability

    Better performing components such as better sound, stronger VRM
    Exclusive features like ASUS's ROG connect
    More USB 3.0, POSSIBLY better expansion slot layout, more SATA port
    Additional PLX chips may give you the ability to run more expansion cards
    Better aesthetics, very objective

    There are definitely more things but I can not think of them right now
    So should i get the Asus maximus 6 Hero or the Asus Maximus 6 Formula what one is better? is the 100$ more price worth it? the formula?



    Depends if you want to overclock to 6 ghz and do crazy stuff. If you need to ask it is probably best to save the money and go with the cheaper one. Personally I would go with some lower end board since the motherboard does not effect FPS, better to spend the money on a better graphics card.
  18. shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    jinayhvora said:
    no, u would be able to, but that's not recommended, beause its gonna eat PCIe bandwidth otherwise avalable to the GPU
    oh so more expensive motherboards allow you to get more pcie bandwidth to your gpu and ur sound card you can run both no problem?



    More expensive motherboards may give you:

    Better quality components in terms of durability

    Better performing components such as better sound, stronger VRM
    Exclusive features like ASUS's ROG connect
    More USB 3.0, POSSIBLY better expansion slot layout, more SATA port
    Additional PLX chips may give you the ability to run more expansion cards
    Better aesthetics, very objective

    There are definitely more things but I can not think of them right now
    So should i get the Asus maximus 6 Hero or the Asus Maximus 6 Formula what one is better? is the 100$ more price worth it? the formula?



    Depends if you want to overclock to 6 ghz and do crazy stuff. If you need to ask it is probably best to save the money and go with the cheaper one. Personally I would go with some lower end board since the motherboard does not effect FPS, better to spend the money on a better graphics card.
    I only want to over clock it to 4.2 ghz max and run a single GPU the 780 ti and i have 1 SSD 500gb and im planning on buying a 1-2 TB hard drive so the Asus maximus hero would be good for that? is the on board sound card the same as the formula ( the hero vs formula ) ( ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC ) heres a link to compare http://www.asus.com/Compare/ What one is better?
  19. Not too sure, what are your speakers?
  20. shadow_city said:
    Not too sure, what are your speakers?

    i am using the razer megalodons Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset : http://www.razerzone.com/ca-en/gaming-audio/razer-megalodon/
  21. Best answer
    The SupremeFX chip consists of the same Realtek 1150 chip with extra software features. I would go for the Hero since it is cheaper and has the same if not better sound.

    Edit: Also your headset uses a USB connection so it does not matter about what sound card you have
  22. shadow_city said:
    The SupremeFX chip consists of the same Realtek 1150 chip with extra software features. I would go for the Hero since it is cheaper and has the same if not better sound.

    Edit: Also your headset uses a USB connection so it does not matter about what sound card you have

    Ok but i phoned one of my local computer part stores in canada named memory express if that matters but the guy on the phone said when i asked if the asus maximus 6 hero was a good motherboard he said that it increase the voltage or something which would make the i7-4770k degrade over time im not sure maybe he doesn't know what hes talking about but i think he said something along those lines i can't really remember 100% what he told me on the phone but do you know if the asus maximus 6 hero is a very solid board? would it last me 4-5 years and not screw up my i7-4770k? i want it to last 4-5 years
  23. Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    The SupremeFX chip consists of the same Realtek 1150 chip with extra software features. I would go for the Hero since it is cheaper and has the same if not better sound.

    Edit: Also your headset uses a USB connection so it does not matter about what sound card you have

    Ok but i phoned one of my local computer part stores in canada named memory express if that matters but the guy on the phone said when i asked if the asus maximus 6 hero was a good motherboard he said that it increase the voltage or something which would make the i7-4770k degrade over time im not sure maybe he doesn't know what hes talking about but i think he said something along those lines i can't really remember 100% what he told me on the phone but do you know if the asus maximus 6 hero is a very solid board? would it last me 4-5 years and not screw up my i7-4770k? i want it to last 4-5 years


    Practically any of the $150+ motherboards can increase the voltage of the CPU. Best to not mess around with the settings if everything is working fine. If you are overclocking you may need to increase the voltage but I am not sure how much you will need for 4.2ghz. The ABSOLUTELY MAX you will need is 1.5v
  24. shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    The SupremeFX chip consists of the same Realtek 1150 chip with extra software features. I would go for the Hero since it is cheaper and has the same if not better sound.

    Edit: Also your headset uses a USB connection so it does not matter about what sound card you have

    Ok but i phoned one of my local computer part stores in canada named memory express if that matters but the guy on the phone said when i asked if the asus maximus 6 hero was a good motherboard he said that it increase the voltage or something which would make the i7-4770k degrade over time im not sure maybe he doesn't know what hes talking about but i think he said something along those lines i can't really remember 100% what he told me on the phone but do you know if the asus maximus 6 hero is a very solid board? would it last me 4-5 years and not screw up my i7-4770k? i want it to last 4-5 years


    Practically any of the $150+ motherboards can increase the voltage of the CPU. Best to not mess around with the settings if everything is working fine. If you are overclocking you may need to increase the voltage but I am not sure how much you will need for 4.2ghz. The ABSOLUTELY MAX you will need is 1.5v
    I wont be overclocking it right away i will probbaly run at stock speeds for a while untill i decide to overclock it look at temps and such i know some CPU's can't be overclocked its the luck of the draw to be able to overclock high but that being said. Do you think i will have any problems with the maximus 6 hero?
  25. Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    The SupremeFX chip consists of the same Realtek 1150 chip with extra software features. I would go for the Hero since it is cheaper and has the same if not better sound.

    Edit: Also your headset uses a USB connection so it does not matter about what sound card you have

    Ok but i phoned one of my local computer part stores in canada named memory express if that matters but the guy on the phone said when i asked if the asus maximus 6 hero was a good motherboard he said that it increase the voltage or something which would make the i7-4770k degrade over time im not sure maybe he doesn't know what hes talking about but i think he said something along those lines i can't really remember 100% what he told me on the phone but do you know if the asus maximus 6 hero is a very solid board? would it last me 4-5 years and not screw up my i7-4770k? i want it to last 4-5 years


    Practically any of the $150+ motherboards can increase the voltage of the CPU. Best to not mess around with the settings if everything is working fine. If you are overclocking you may need to increase the voltage but I am not sure how much you will need for 4.2ghz. The ABSOLUTELY MAX you will need is 1.5v
    I wont be overclocking it right away i will probbaly run at stock speeds for a while untill i decide to overclock it look at temps and such i know some CPU's can't be overclocked its the luck of the draw to be able to overclock high but that being said. Do you think i will have any problems with the maximus 6 hero?



    None at all
  26. Ok thanks for all your help and information its much appreciated you are awesome have a nice night!
  27. shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    Konane said:
    shadow_city said:
    The SupremeFX chip consists of the same Realtek 1150 chip with extra software features. I would go for the Hero since it is cheaper and has the same if not better sound.

    Edit: Also your headset uses a USB connection so it does not matter about what sound card you have

    Ok but i phoned one of my local computer part stores in canada named memory express if that matters but the guy on the phone said when i asked if the asus maximus 6 hero was a good motherboard he said that it increase the voltage or something which would make the i7-4770k degrade over time im not sure maybe he doesn't know what hes talking about but i think he said something along those lines i can't really remember 100% what he told me on the phone but do you know if the asus maximus 6 hero is a very solid board? would it last me 4-5 years and not screw up my i7-4770k? i want it to last 4-5 years


    Practically any of the $150+ motherboards can increase the voltage of the CPU. Best to not mess around with the settings if everything is working fine. If you are overclocking you may need to increase the voltage but I am not sure how much you will need for 4.2ghz. The ABSOLUTELY MAX you will need is 1.5v
    I wont be overclocking it right away i will probbaly run at stock speeds for a while untill i decide to overclock it look at temps and such i know some CPU's can't be overclocked its the luck of the draw to be able to overclock high but that being said. Do you think i will have any problems with the maximus 6 hero?



    None at all
    if i wanted would i be able to get a better sound card than the asus maximus 6 hero's? if i wanted or would that interfere with performance on my GPU? somebody said that if i got a non on board sound card it would interfere with the GPU performance is this true?
  28. Yes you can get another sound card if you wish. Make sure you plug it into one of the lanes that do not share bandwidth with the GPU. Read the manual to know which one(s)
  29. shadow_city said:
    Yes you can get another sound card if you wish. Make sure you plug it into one of the lanes that do not share bandwidth with the GPU. Read the manual to know which one(s)
    Ok awesome so the maximus 6 hero will have a lane that does not share bandwidth with the gpu?
  30. Bottom of the page:

    *1: The PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCIEX4_3) supports up to x4 mode. It shares bandwidth with PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. The default setting is x1 mode.
    *2: The PCIe 2.0 x1 slots (PCIEX1_1/2/3) will be disabled when PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCIEX4_3 ) operates under x4 speed.
    *3: The supported functions depends on the CPU installed.
    *4: These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
    *5: Support ASUS USB 3.0 Boost, UASP standard on the Intel native USB 3.0 is only supported under Windows® 8.
    *6: 2 x USB2.0 ports at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.

    None of them share the 2 main graphics connectors so it should be fine.
  31. shadow_city said:
    Bottom of the page:

    *1: The PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCIEX4_3) supports up to x4 mode. It shares bandwidth with PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. The default setting is x1 mode.
    *2: The PCIe 2.0 x1 slots (PCIEX1_1/2/3) will be disabled when PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCIEX4_3 ) operates under x4 speed.
    *3: The supported functions depends on the CPU installed.
    *4: These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
    *5: Support ASUS USB 3.0 Boost, UASP standard on the Intel native USB 3.0 is only supported under Windows® 8.
    *6: 2 x USB2.0 ports at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.

    None of them share the 2 main graphics connectors so it should be fine.

    So does that confirm i will be able to use a non on board sound card if i wanted and it wont interfere with my GPU performance?
  32. Yes you can use a sound card without effecting your GPU's performance.
  33. shadow_city said:
    Yes you can use a sound card without effecting your GPU's performance.
    Thanks man really appreciate all your help! I have a question do you know if your motherboard or GPU or CPU can become infected with malware / virus? to where it can effect gaming performance? or can your HDD and SSD only get infected with virus / malware do i have to worry about my motherboard/CPU being infected or my GPU being infected?
  34. Never heard of the CPU of GPU being infected with a virus. Practically all viruses attack the operating system and they may or may not effect performance but if it really bad just wipe the drive clean and reformat. Obviously use common sense to reduce the chances of infection. Viruses, as far as I know of cannot destroy hardware, only software.
  35. shadow_city said:
    Never heard of the CPU of GPU being infected with a virus. Practically all viruses attack the operating system and they may or may not effect performance but if it really bad just wipe the drive clean and reformat. Obviously use common sense to reduce the chances of infection. Viruses, as far as I know of cannot destroy hardware, only software.
    so i dont have to worry about my GPU being infected or my motherboard being infected?
  36. No, the virus will need to be on par with Stuxnet to do so. In that case we are all doomed :)
  37. shadow_city said:
    No, the virus will need to be on par with Stuxnet to do so. In that case we are all doomed :)
    lol so i have nothing to worry about then? ok so i have a windows 7 CD / disc can that disc become infected or no? the fresh re install disc for windows 7?
  38. Don't worry the install disc will be fine, it can not be infected. Nothing to worry about really.
  39. shadow_city said:
    Don't worry the install disc will be fine, it can not be infected. Nothing to worry about really.
    ok thanks lol im just a really paranoid person haha :P
  40. Thank you very much for Best Answer :D

    Have fun with your gaming PC
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