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thinking about buying an asus hero motherboard need some suggestions on overclockable cpu, memory and video card

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February 28, 2014 8:24:08 AM

i want a fast overclockable computer. I would like to know what people think of my choice for a motherboard. This will be my first personal build so i am not sure what cpu, memory or video card to use. there are so many to choose from. Can I get some suggestions on what to use if I buy this board. i want to use it for gaming. Btw i plan on liquid cooling the cpu and possible the video card

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February 28, 2014 8:48:01 AM

For overclocking motherboards, you want more VRM phases. The short explanation: typically, more power phases = a more stable, higher, and cooler overclock. You can read more about VRMs here: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Everything-You-N... and http://www.overclock.net/t/891696/a-short-power-phase-d...

Now, this doesn't mean you need to buy a 16 phase motherboard. Good motherboards have 8 + 2 power phase design. When I'm looking to find out the power phase for a motherboard, I simply search "<make & model> power phases". There are also forums where people have complied lists with motherboards and their power phases. (Overclock.net http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...).

The reason I'm telling you this is because you can find 8 + 2 phases on motherboards from $140 to $250. Both can achieve similar results.

Overclocking takes some time and luck. Each CPU is different. Just because you've read that Person-A achieved 4.8 GHz, doesn't mean you will. OC'ing is a trial by error process. There are many OC'ing guides that you should read to understand the principals so you know how not to damage components in your computer.

I understand you want to water cool your system. But, do you have a budget for parts?
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February 28, 2014 8:49:37 AM

personally, i am using the same board too. I would recommend you to go for it, for all the features it has to offer. Asus in terms of overclocking is the most stable brand you want to go. Coming to the rest of your question, whats your budget that you willing to spend?
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February 28, 2014 1:08:46 PM

i can use up to $2k if needed and i will look at the suggested web sites that barto suggested but i am leaning towards the hero board as i know from experience that asus make a good motherboard i have one still working and its is 15 years old but i can always use the knowledge of the suggested web sites

thanks i look forward to more info from both of u and others if they want
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February 28, 2014 7:17:08 PM

Ok. Well the Asus Hero is a good motherboard. Considering your budget, the Asus Hero will be great. It has a 8 + 2 VRMs, so overclocking will be good.

Just to give you an idea:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.26 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($148.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1367.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-28 22:10 EST-0500)

So there's about $600 of room to add components and peripherals. I'm no expert in water cooling but I do know that a custom loop can be $200-$300. Monitors are from $140-$200. OS (if needed) is $100. HDD (again if you don't have one) is about $70. I don't pick case but those can start a $60 and go up from there.

Obviously, everything can be changed. I just thought to give you an idea of where to start.
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March 1, 2014 9:08:11 PM

thanks for your help barto
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March 1, 2014 9:44:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.26 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($729.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($140.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1917.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-02 00:43 EST-0500)

That is what i was thinking. Rest it's your preference to which one to go with. Good luck.
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March 2, 2014 8:23:34 AM

thank you both very much for ur help. now i only need to decide which one.
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March 2, 2014 8:36:48 AM

jobbs said:
thank you both very much for ur help. now i only need to decide which one.


good luck for your new build ;) 
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March 2, 2014 8:46:20 AM

i have one question for u both why the ssd and internal hard drive?
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March 2, 2014 8:51:26 AM

jobbs said:
i have one question for u both why the ssd and internal hard drive?


it's your choice. If you want your operating system, softwares, programs to load faster then that is the best solution for now to go with ssd. SSD speeds up your windows operation, while hdd will be used to store data.
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March 2, 2014 3:36:24 PM

oh i c is ssd faster than raid
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March 2, 2014 10:47:22 PM

jobbs said:
oh i c is ssd faster than raid


no, raid is kind of technique used for connecting 2 or more drives to your machine.
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March 3, 2014 3:41:50 AM

i c thanks again
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