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January 13, 2014 5:39:36 AM

I'd like to spend around $1400-$1600. This will be a work (small business/gaming) pc [I own a small business I run out of my home]. I would like to have the best future proof motherboard I can find. It will be in a closed case so color/style of board is not important. Also, I do not plan on overclocking. These are the parts I'm thinking so far:

i5-4670k 3.4
Corsair 350D Micro ATX Case
Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB SSD
Western (Blue) 1TB Internal Hard Drive
GTX 760 2GB
SeaSonic 650w (SSR-650RM)
Win.7 Home (64bit)
Asus VS239H-P 23" Monitor

I really need help on making sure I get the best motherboard in this price range and a good quality ram.

Thanks.

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a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2014 5:46:17 AM

This would work fine, http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gah87...

For a non-overclocking build, the H87 chipset is the way to go. The expensive motherboards are designed with overclocking in mind, but for you just about anything will work fine. This supports SATA 6 and USB 3.0, and has PCI Express 3.0, which is really all you need. Future proofing is impossible in the PC world because technology changes so fast, but this will work well for you.

RAM: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmy8gx3m2a1...
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January 13, 2014 5:57:47 AM

Thanks for the quick response. This will also be my first build and I was wondering if this board will be user friendly? Also, any recommendations on RAM (thinking 8GB should be enough). Just saw your link.
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January 13, 2014 6:02:06 AM

on a side note, if ur not overclocking get a non K processor and save some money there :)  .As for ram i mainly use Corsair's.
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a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2014 6:05:26 AM

Yes it will, Gigabyte/Asus are the top motherboard manufacturers and have been doing this for a long time. You will plug in everything and fire up it up.

Sometimes you have to select the XMP profile in the BIOS to get the RAM to run at the advertised speed (DDR3-1600), but this is very simple. Since you aren't overclocking there really isn't much you need to worry about with the motherboard. Make sure everything is plugged in, turn it on, and install windows.

There are a lot of great youtube videos on how to do everything and that would is a great resource for a new builder.
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January 13, 2014 6:14:08 AM

Just realized the motherboard you suggested is a ATX form factor while the case I like is a Micro ATX. Is this going to cause any issues?
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January 13, 2014 6:19:11 AM

Any recommendations on the processor then since I don't need the K? Since I'll save some money here, should I go up to maybe an i7?
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a b V Motherboard
January 13, 2014 7:17:41 AM

The i5-4570 is a good choice for a non-overclocking build. You could also go with the Intel XEON E3-1230 V3, which is a quad core hyper threaded CPU that's the same price as the i5-4670K. However, I have never really seen a definitive answer on how it performs for gaming, so this is something you may want to look into.

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January 13, 2014 8:00:39 AM

Any recommendation on a video card? I would like to maybe try B4 and the new Titianfall coming in May. I will have a 3 monitor (23") setup, although its not necessary for me to game across all 3 at a time (might be nice though).
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January 13, 2014 9:30:41 AM

I would probably consider the R9-280X minimum for multi-monitor gaming. I would go with a smaller SSD and put the difference into a better GPU. 120GB is plenty for your OS and applications, put media and games on the storage drive. With the rest, try and upgrade to a R9-290 or 780.
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