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February 5, 2014 1:20:02 PM

HI! I'm looking to build a PC for the first time. I want a build that can handle Adobe Photoshop as well as handling gaming nicely (titles such as BF4), and the occasional video editing. My price range is somewhat flexible (under $1250), and I want this computer to last and perform well with no need to upgrade parts in the next 2-3 years at least (hopefully). I have all my parts chosen it's just the motherboard I need help deciding on. I have no plans to overclock or use SLI/Crossfire. My configuration is:

o CPU: Intel Core i5 4570 (3.2 GHz) QUAD CORE 84W
o RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (2x4GB)
o Graphics Card: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 760 2GB
o SSD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 120GB Solid State Drive (for fast OS and maybe a program or 2)
o Hard Drive: Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 64MB Cache (7200 RPM, SATA III) [lots of storage for photos, videos, etc.]
o Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 350D (w/ window)
o Power Supply: Corsair CX500M 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Modular Power Supply
o OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit

I have heard different things on Z87 and H87 motherboards (the 2 I'm deciding between, specifically the ASUS Z87 Gryphon and the ASRock H87M Pro4). Some say Z87's tend to have better layout and things like that, but I don't know if it's worth the price for me at least.

Thanks so much in advance!
February 5, 2014 2:24:32 PM

the ASUSz87 will sli at 8x by 8x
the asrock will only go 8x by 4x as the second pci e slot 2.0 is only 4x

for the next 3 years this beast should be able to handle anything you throw at it with a 24" screen and since you're not going to overclock or use crossfire or sli the H series will be just fine.
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