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February 8, 2014 10:50:56 PM

I'm going to build my first gaming pc soon, and here is a link to the parts I have chosen so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PO9V

The pc is mainly for gaming and I have a $1000-$1100 budget. Im pretty clueless as to what makes a good motherboard, so I was wondering if the one I have chosen will work? If not, what are your suggestions? I'm also open to suggestions on other parts as well :) 
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February 8, 2014 10:56:12 PM

What makes a good motherboard is quality of parts, though what people make it seem like is OC ability. The motherboard you have isn't good for its price, for that price, you can get a top of the line Z87 chipset motherboard.

MSI Z87-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CIql1s...

If you need me to suggest you some other motherboards, just hit me up.
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February 8, 2014 11:01:27 PM

When I built my computer I got a cheap MSI motherboard and it's done very well.
Also you should change that CPU to a I5-4670k
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PWZo
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February 8, 2014 11:04:14 PM

Do note that the CPU you pick has a 1155 socket and that motherboard is 1150.
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February 9, 2014 9:23:18 AM

Ok, thanks for the advice! Dashboy, why do you suggest the cpu switch?

Also, I what do you guys think the best motherboard for $100-$120 is?
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February 9, 2014 10:41:27 AM

pcgaming98 said:
There is no real difference between the 3570k and 4670k except the 4670k has lower TDP and maybe more performance per core, but that's only incremental.

Also

ASRock Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Isn't that first one the exact mobo you said "isn't good for its price"? This one is a similar price (with discount) and is the Z87 which is apparently better. Should I go with that one or stick with my original one?
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February 9, 2014 7:42:55 PM

Bozzz said:
Ok, thanks for the advice! Dashboy, why do you suggest the cpu switch?

Also, I what do you guys think the best motherboard for $100-$120 is?


pcgaming98 said:
There is no real difference between the 3570k and 4670k except the 4670k has lower TDP and maybe more performance per core, but that's only incremental.


The reason for the CPU switch is the 4670k has lower TDP and the cores are a bit better + it's 4th gen and runs on the newest socket 1150 while the 4570k is on 1155 and they may not use that for the next gen.

As for best motherboard I would have to say the MSI Z87-G45 while it costs $130 it does support 3 way SLI and it has audio boost.


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February 9, 2014 11:10:04 PM

Bozzz said:
pcgaming98 said:
There is no real difference between the 3570k and 4670k except the 4670k has lower TDP and maybe more performance per core, but that's only incremental.

Also

ASRock Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Isn't that first one the exact mobo you said "isn't good for its price"? This one is a similar price (with discount) and is the Z87 which is apparently better. Should I go with that one or stick with my original one?


I had a hole in logic. I thought the Z87 was the top of the line and you could have gotten a Z87 for the price of that motherboard. Little did I know that 1150 and 1155 were two different sockets, and that the Z77 was actually the top of the line chipset of the 1155 socket. So I apologize for that. You actually did have a good motherboard.

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February 10, 2014 11:28:56 AM

pcgaming98 said:
Bozzz said:
pcgaming98 said:
There is no real difference between the 3570k and 4670k except the 4670k has lower TDP and maybe more performance per core, but that's only incremental.

Also

ASRock Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Isn't that first one the exact mobo you said "isn't good for its price"? This one is a similar price (with discount) and is the Z87 which is apparently better. Should I go with that one or stick with my original one?


I had a hole in logic. I thought the Z87 was the top of the line and you could have gotten a Z87 for the price of that motherboard. Little did I know that 1150 and 1155 were two different sockets, and that the Z77 was actually the top of the line chipset of the 1155 socket. So I apologize for that. You actually did have a good motherboard.



Well, I switched my cpu to the i5-4670k, which has a 1150 socket. So I did switch to the Z87 instead http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-fatal1t...
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February 10, 2014 11:41:37 AM

Bozzz said:
pcgaming98 said:
Bozzz said:
pcgaming98 said:
There is no real difference between the 3570k and 4670k except the 4670k has lower TDP and maybe more performance per core, but that's only incremental.

Also

ASRock Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Isn't that first one the exact mobo you said "isn't good for its price"? This one is a similar price (with discount) and is the Z87 which is apparently better. Should I go with that one or stick with my original one?


I had a hole in logic. I thought the Z87 was the top of the line and you could have gotten a Z87 for the price of that motherboard. Little did I know that 1150 and 1155 were two different sockets, and that the Z77 was actually the top of the line chipset of the 1155 socket. So I apologize for that. You actually did have a good motherboard.



Well, I switched my cpu to the i5-4670k, which has a 1150 socket. So I did switch to the Z87 instead http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-fatal1t...


Looks nice but you should switch out that RAM for this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1... or this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...
And here are some charts to see the Very little difference but if its the same price and look why not?





Source: http://youtu.be/dWgzA2C61z4
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a b V Motherboard
February 10, 2014 4:10:04 PM

When it comes to ram, all I can say is, you will want to get the most amount with the highest speed and the lowest CAS Latency possible. CAS Latency is about as key in the speed of RAM as raw clock speed.
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a b V Motherboard
February 11, 2014 8:24:12 AM

Everything looks fair now to me.
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February 11, 2014 2:16:07 PM

Bozzz said:
Okay, here is an updated list http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2R0Hx
Any other suggestions?


Looks great.
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