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February 24, 2014 10:22:01 PM

I am building a PC with the fallowing hardware, and im looking to find a good ASUS AM3+ Motherboard because I am very happy with the ASUS I have now, however; I would like all the help that I can get since this is my first full hand build.

Im getting:
1) AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition
2) Dynatron G950 Desktop Universal CPU Cooler
3) PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
4) 2TB HGST 0F12455 - SATA HDD 2TB Ultrastar 7K3000 Enterprise SATA 6.0GB/s 7200rpm 64MB 3.5-in Bulk
5) 2X ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I have 16gb ram that im putn in there for a bit but will be increase it to 32gb after a bit.
I have win 7 64 bit home pre that will be going on there but when I get the new RAM and Win 7 64bit Ultimate Ill do a clean install and add the new ran and OS.

I need the motherboard to have at least 2x PCI-e 16 pin slots and would like them to be version 3, also I do not know what case to use? so if you could help me there too. Also; the PSU from OCZ says compatible with i3,i5,i7, and AMD Phenom which fits ether a AM2+ or a AM3 Socket, and i dont know if it will still be compatible with the AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition and the SLI build i am doing with this build. SO any help there would be great.

I will be using the computer for video pre and post production, music creation, photo editing, and 3D animation. The main software I use is Adobe CS6, Protools 8, and Autodesk Maya. I will also be gaming on this pc of coarse.

Thank you.

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February 24, 2014 10:30:14 PM
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February 25, 2014 1:46:53 PM

So far I rally like the Crosshair.
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February 25, 2014 1:49:26 PM

Have my Sabertooth rev. 2 and FX8350 at 5.2.

Sabertooth or Asrock 990fx Extreme 9.


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February 25, 2014 7:42:12 PM

Asus sabertooth 990fx was also recommended by myself.
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February 25, 2014 7:43:08 PM

PCGaming247 said:
So far I rally like the Crosshair.


Crosshair is tooooo expensive!!!!
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February 25, 2014 8:17:13 PM

Ahmadjon said:
PCGaming247 said:
So far I rally like the Crosshair.


Crosshair is tooooo expensive!!!!


Yes it is so. If OP has budget then it would be his choice at the end :) 
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February 25, 2014 8:20:27 PM

Yeah!
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February 26, 2014 12:06:33 AM

Thank you all. I like both the Crosshair and the Sabertooth, and after crunching numbers it wouldn't be that much more to do the Intel way with a i7-4770K, if i did that what would be the best 2 ASUS motherboards, 1150 Socket of coarse? What i'm doing is trying to see how much I am saving by going the AMD build over the Intel, and one more question would the i7-4770K be a better bet for what i'm using the computer for?
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February 26, 2014 12:41:48 AM

For i7 4770l, I would recommend Asus Maximus VI Formula
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February 26, 2014 4:56:55 AM

Asus Maximus VI HERO.
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February 26, 2014 5:51:48 AM

If OP can consider Crosshair then he can easily go for Formula VI. Hero is a good option but Formula is a very good option with lot of functionality and overclocking potential.

My own experience with Formula is excellent and I'm thankful to myself that I did not go for other options which I was considering at that time (Sabertooth, Expert, Deluxe, Hero) :) 

Sharing my experience not imposing.
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February 26, 2014 7:18:37 AM

EasyLover said:
If OP can consider Crosshair then he can easily go for Formula VI. Hero is a good option but Formula is a very good option with lot of functionality and overclocking potential.

My own experience with Formula is excellent and I'm thankful to myself that I did not go for other options which I was considering at that time (Sabertooth, Expert, Deluxe, Hero) :) 

Sharing my experience not imposing.


And why not Maximus VI Extreme?
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February 26, 2014 7:29:20 AM

So OP are we going to go for max overclock or just no to moderate OC? All these expensive around $200 and up boards have max OC as the biggest benefit over boards $150 boards.
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February 26, 2014 7:52:03 AM

Ahmadjon said:
EasyLover said:
If OP can consider Crosshair then he can easily go for Formula VI. Hero is a good option but Formula is a very good option with lot of functionality and overclocking potential.

My own experience with Formula is excellent and I'm thankful to myself that I did not go for other options which I was considering at that time (Sabertooth, Expert, Deluxe, Hero) :) 

Sharing my experience not imposing.


And why not Maximus VI Extreme?


:) 
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February 28, 2014 10:13:12 AM

ok after all your help I know I will be going with the AMD build, Im not saving that much but it get me up and runn faster. I will be getting the Crosshair motherboad, its a bit more spendy but it is the best for my build and what im looking to do with it. Also; yes this will be an OC build every thing is getn OCed lol. I have one last question: what would be a good case for the Crosshair? would it fit in this:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Q2M8KK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S...

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February 28, 2014 10:13:34 PM

Yes, it can be fitted in this case.
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March 1, 2014 12:18:25 AM

Nice thank you that saves me a bunch on a spend case.

One more thing, does the crosshair motherboard come with all the wires needed to hook it up to a Case, and the other wires? If not where do i find all the basic wires?
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March 1, 2014 12:32:02 AM

If you are talking about screws then these are shipped with Case not with mobo. Mobo includes SATA cables. Power cables/connectors come with PSU. You don't need to buy dedicated cables.
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March 1, 2014 12:39:30 AM

I was talking about the cords that run from the MoBo to the power button, the front usb on case, and the head phones and mic jacks on front of case?
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March 1, 2014 12:46:33 AM

Power button cord, front usb cord, front panel audio cords are all inside the case. Don't buy dedicated cords for that. Check the manual of the case you've selected or its unboxing vid on youtube.
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March 1, 2014 5:28:31 PM

ok thank you i didn't, i have worked on computers for 17 years now, but never build one new, just put old ones together from parts and added new hardware.

Wounld the Crosshair MoBO fit into a Mid Tower case?
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March 1, 2014 7:12:47 PM

PCGaming247 said:
ok thank you i didn't, i have worked on computers for 17 years now, but never build one new, just put old ones together from parts and added new hardware.

Wounld the Crosshair MoBO fit into a Mid Tower case?


It will fit with no problem since it's just ATX mobo and not E-ATX or XL-ATX
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March 1, 2014 8:19:11 PM

Yes it will fit. No issue there
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March 3, 2014 1:20:16 AM

Thank you; that last question was dumb on my part the first case I asked about is a mid tower case lol.
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March 3, 2014 3:34:47 AM

PCGaming247 said:
Thank you; that last question was dumb on my part the first case I asked about is a mid tower case lol.


No problem ;)  and you're welcome :) 
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March 3, 2014 4:31:20 AM

PCGaming247 said:
Thank you; that last question was dumb on my part the first case I asked about is a mid tower case lol.


No issue dear.
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March 8, 2014 5:32:45 PM

Ok i've been looking every where and I can not find a AM3+ MoBo with a PCIe 3.0 they all have 2.0 even the Crosshair this is a problem. Is there a MoBo, AM3+ that has a 3.0 PCIe? I was dead set on getting the Crosshair but after looking at the proformance gains on the PCIe 2.0 vs 3.0 for the GTX 770 Gigabite Windforce 4g ddr5?
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March 8, 2014 9:19:53 PM

PCGaming247 said:
Ok i've been looking every where and I can not find a AM3+ MoBo with a PCIe 3.0 they all have 2.0 even the Crosshair this is a problem. Is there a MoBo, AM3+ that has a 3.0 PCIe? I was dead set on getting the Crosshair but after looking at the proformance gains on the PCIe 2.0 vs 3.0 for the GTX 770 Gigabite Windforce 4g ddr5?


There is no graphics card which can bottleneck PCI-E 2.0 X16 slot so you can even get GTX Titan and your mobo won't bottleneck that card, But if you want mobo with PCI-E 3.0 X16 look for that mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 9, 2014 1:30:56 AM

Thank you and I did think the the GPU could out preform the 2.0 I just saw a post here on the forums that showed the gains in preformance from using a 2.0 PCIe vs a 3.0 PCIe slot with the 700 GTX card and there is much improvements.

Also; is this the only card that has the 3.0 PCIe slots?
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March 9, 2014 1:40:13 AM

PCGaming247 said:
Thank you and I did think the the GPU could out preform the 2.0 I just saw a post here on the forums that showed the gains in preformance from using a 2.0 PCIe vs a 3.0 PCIe slot with the 700 GTX card and there is much improvements.

Also; is this the only card that has the 3.0 PCIe slots?


If you mean about mobo with PCI-E 3.0 then yes Sabertooth 990FX Gen-3 Rev 2.0 is the only board which has PCI-E 3.0 X16 slots!
And if you meant about GPU, all GPU's from GTX 600 series supports PCI-E 3.0 revision
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March 9, 2014 4:41:12 PM

Thank you I was talking about the CPU. After doing all this research I am going to make a build with the i7 4770k it will handle everything I do better and I won't need to do a upgread for a bit. With that said what size Case would I need for the ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME MoBo? is it Mid or Full?
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March 9, 2014 5:03:58 PM

It will fit in a mid or a full , depends on your needs.
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