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February 3, 2014 2:35:19 PM

Hello lads, I'm switching from a 1055t to an i5 4670k and I need to buy a new motherboard. I have two simple questions since I'm quite ignorant regarding motherboards. ¿What things should i consider before buying? (GPU: 7970BE 3 gb) secondly If in a year or so i want to crossfire Do i need 2 slots x16 running at x16? because motherboards I've seen have one running at x16 and other running at x8. thank you on advance
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February 3, 2014 2:45:37 PM

Hey

4670k is an unlocked cpu, if you want to overclock it, go for a Z87* 1150 board ( Z = good for overclocking in a simple language )
*if you don't want to OC, you can save some money by getting a locked cpu and a H87 board :) .

1. SOCKET 1150
2. Consider if you want to overclock as i mentioned
3. If you do want to overclock,you MUST* get a new cooler
4. If you want an SLI configuration

Update :* 16x / 8x, that's the connectors where the Graphics card goes.
8x was used dosens of years ago nobody uses that for graphics card, maybe for audi cards and so on.

16x is for modern graphics cards, you have version 3.0 and 2.0
*Don't be afraid, even if it says ( requesting 3.0 pcie 16x, you can go with a 2.0, will work )
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February 3, 2014 2:49:57 PM

Something else to consider, is this a Dell/Gateway/etc? If so you can't use Windows again, the Windows that came with it would refuse to load because it was tied (to reduce the cost) to that make/model PC based on the CPU and Mobo. So you might want to also factor that into your costs and workload (you would have to completely reinstall Windows from scratch).
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February 3, 2014 2:54:02 PM

the motherboard says what follows:
Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
(The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with all PCI Express x1 slots. All PCI Express x1 slots will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed.
* When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration in BIOS Setup to x4.
3 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology
Support for 2-Way AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ technology (PCIEX16 and PCIEX8)

But... shouldnt it be 2x16?
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February 3, 2014 2:57:14 PM

And yes im planning to overclock but not just yet.
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February 3, 2014 3:11:24 PM

It does not have to have two x16 lanes, and is actually quite rare in a motherboard. Currently when running two GPUs, two x8 lanes (both using x8) is completely acceptable and you really won't notice a huge performance difference if you're comparing two x16 lanes with two x8 lanes. That, and motherboards with two x16 lanes tend to be more expensive (usually Extreme series motherboards/CPUs).

But motherboards for the 4670k, I would highly suggest the ASUS Maximus VI Hero (if you can afford it) due to it's outstanding build quality.

Other boards to consider would be ASUS Z87-A, PRO, or PLUS, Gigabyte Z87-D3H (not quite sure on Gigabyte model names), MSI Z87-G43, 45, or 65. ASRock Z87 Extreme4 or Extreme6.. and I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting.
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February 3, 2014 3:18:29 PM

Enemy1g is completely correct.
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February 3, 2014 3:32:14 PM

Im sorry to tell you guys I live in Argentina and our economy is as shitty as it gets, I will leave a list with the motherboards on the site I buy.
http://imgur.com/bQsh6E5
Im force to use image because the site its exclusive with user/pass
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February 3, 2014 3:35:36 PM

Here building a mid-high range pc costs 4 to 5 wages >.<
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February 3, 2014 4:29:21 PM

I'm not completely familiar with Gigabyte boards (if you couldn't tell already), but the bottom three should be OK. But if you can afford the Hero, I would definitely go for that.
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February 3, 2014 5:38:16 PM

Ima go for one from the bottom then, thank you !
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