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Hello, i am looking to build a gaming pc (first computer build). the problem with this is that i am not sure which motherboard would be best for me. I plan on having a i7 4770k intel cpu (LGA 1150) that i would like to ideally overclock to around 4.3Ghz - 4.5Ghz. I have heard Asus motherboards were good for OC from a tech friend but have read bad reviews on them and have heard worse things about asus customer support. The boards i have looked at are the
-MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard
-ASUS Z87-PRO Motherboard
and the
-GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC Motherboard.
My budget for a mother board is ideally around $200 but can go up to $300 if absolutely needed. In this build i plan on having a Haf X case, a i7 4770k, either a CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i cooler or a Cooler Master Nepton 140XL – Push-Pull CPU cooler, a GeForce GTX 780, 8gb corsair vengeance 1600 ram, a WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB HDD, a Samsung Evo 250 gb SSD, and a EVGA SuperNOVA 1000w psu. Thank you for your responses.
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    The Z87-GD65 is really good for overclocking.

    You could downsize the CPU to i5-4670k without losing much in games. With your budget though, I guess it makes sense to get the i7-4770k.

    Why not GTX 780 Ti?
  2. aevm said:
    The Z87-GD65 is really good for overclocking.

    You could downsize the CPU to i5-4670k without losing much in games. With your budget though, I guess it makes sense to get the i7-4770k.

    Why not GTX 780 Ti?


    mainly because it is $200 dollars more. but if price was just a number would the 780ti be that much more superior to the 780?
  3. Those are the 3 top boards manufacturers,

    Asus is probably still #1
    That is probably why they have a bad rep for support, because they can.

    Asrock is Asus's American subsidiary, usually cheaper parts, that is why they are cheaper, but still good boards.

    I think Gigabyte is #2, not sure though, good boards.

    I personally like MSI at the moment.

    The fact is the all the boards mention are pretty dependable today.

    Pick by the features you want.

    When I bought a board last week, only MSI, and Asrock, had the layout I liked, and I went with MSI.

    I use to buy exclusively Asus, and Abit .
    (RIP Abit)
  4. millwright said:
    Those are the 3 top boards manufacturers,

    Asus is probably still #1
    That is probably why they have a bad rep for support, because they can.

    Asrock is Asus's American subsidiary, usually cheaper parts, that is why they are cheaper, but still good boards.

    I think Gigabyte is #2, not sure though, good boards.

    I personally like MSI at the moment.

    The fact is the all the boards mention are pretty dependable today.

    Pick by the features you want.

    When I bought a board last week, only MSI, and Asrock, had the layout I liked, and I went with MSI.

    I use to buy exclusively Asus, and Abit .
    (RIP Abit)

    What board did you purchase? Do you plan on over clocking with it?
  5. 780 Ti vs 780 - think 75 fps instead of 65 fps. Not a huge difference.

    The reason I asked is because you picked a 1000W PSU. That makes sense only if you intend to add a second card later. I though a single GTX 780 Ti may be enough, and it does cost less than two GTX 780.

    If you don't intend to do SLI you can save some money with a 650W PSU.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/evga-power-supply-120pg0650gr
  6. aevm said:
    780 Ti vs 780 - think 75 fps instead of 65 fps. Not a huge difference.

    The reason I asked is because you picked a 1000W PSU. That makes sense only if you intend to add a second card later. I though a single GTX 780 Ti may be enough, and it does cost less than two GTX 780.

    If you don't intend to do SLI you can save some money with a 650W PSU.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/evga-power-supply-120pg0650gr

    i intend to do Sli around two months after i complete the initial build. I also plan on having a dual monitor set up so i can watch youtube on one screen while gaming on the other.
  7. Not planning to overclock, I got a B85-G41
    But when it starts to get old I usually do.

    It dose have MSIs overclocking Genie4.
    The i5 4670 3.4GHz non K, runs Flight Sim X with no hesitation on ultra high settings.
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