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What kind of Motherboard should I get for my build?

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March 1, 2014 8:37:38 PM

This is what I have for a current build.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/31OvO) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/31OvO/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/31OvO/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74770k) | $249.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-cw90600...) | $104.99 @ NCIX US
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $155.99 @ Best Buy
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn770...) | $339.99
**Case** | [Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-500rbk) | Purchased For $100.00
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc00019) | $91.77
**Keyboard** | [Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-keyboard-rz030038190...) | Purchased For $120.00
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1162.73
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 23:38 EST-0500 |

I plan to game,stream,video edit, and code on this computer. My monitor is 27" wide. Most games run on 1920x1080. I do plan to overclock when the computer but not right away. I want to have this computer for years to come and still work well. I do not need built in wifi and do not plan to SLI with it. I have looked into the Asus Z87-Pro but it has things I don't need such as SLI and the built in wifi. It would be a plus if it has wifi and bluetooth though. I also will put about 16 GB of ram on it. There will also be a 2 TB HDD but it wasn't included in this build yet. What mother board should I get that'll fit my features ? And should I get a motherboard that can auto overclock my processor or do it myself? (First time building a computer and overclocking as well). Thank you. Any other computer part suggestions are welcomed and opinions are too (:.

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March 1, 2014 8:55:23 PM

I can say it is a great build, but I have one recommendation for you to make, the 4GB GTX 770 is pointless, a marketing gimmick of a sort, the 2GB version will perform exactly the same on single monitor gaming at 1920x1080, I would with the extra put that into a R9 280X if you wanted a card that does perform slightly better. The 770 has a 256-bit memory bus which is actually meant for 2GB Vram, having 4GB would be limited to that case also. With a GTX 770 or a R9 280X, you can make out any game at 1080p, getting satisfying FPS. Anything else I have missed?

-Also Windows 7 Home Premium limits you to 16GB Ram max, so if ever one day you wanted more, you can't, you'll have to go professional. But that probably won't affect you.
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March 2, 2014 3:41:41 PM

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I can say it is a great build, but I have one recommendation for you to make, the 4GB GTX 770 is pointless, a marketing gimmick of a sort, the 2GB version will perform exactly the same on single monitor gaming at 1920x1080, I would with the extra put that into a R9 280X if you wanted a card that does perform slightly better. The 770 has a 256-bit memory bus which is actually meant for 2GB Vram, having 4GB would be limited to that case also. With a GTX 770 or a R9 280X, you can make out any game at 1080p, getting satisfying FPS. Anything else I have missed?

-Also Windows 7 Home Premium limits you to 16GB Ram max, so if ever one day you wanted more, you can't, you'll have to go professional. But that probably won't affect you.


I live in America and the price of a R9 280X is about 400+ while the 770 is about 350 or less. Wouldn't it be better to get a GTX 770 with 2 GB as opposed to the R9 280X? I don't think spending more than 300+ is really something I would do on the card alone. And sorry I mean to put the 2 GB GTX 770. Also would you suggest any types of motherboards for my build ? I am having a hard time finding where I should try to look.

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March 3, 2014 1:47:16 AM

yes if it is $50 more, stay with the 2GB GTX 770, still a titan card for the price. I can't reason to spend $50 more for a R9 280X when it shouldn't be worth spending that.
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March 3, 2014 12:35:31 PM

I have the MSI Z87-G43 MB which is an entry level Z87 MB but it works very well for me and OC's to 4.6 GHz with my i5 4670K. Highly recommended!

You may want to consider one of the higher MBs like the MSI Z87-G45 or Z87-GD 65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have posted links to Newegg, which is a good place to buy from but PCPartsPicker.com will show you the lowest prices.

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March 4, 2014 3:29:23 PM

Y0GI said:
I have the MSI Z87-G43 MB which is an entry level Z87 MB but it works very well for me and OC's to 4.6 GHz with my i5 4670K. Highly recommended!

You may want to consider one of the higher MBs like the MSI Z87-G45 or Z87-GD 65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have posted links to Newegg, which is a good place to buy from but PCPartsPicker.com will show you the lowest prices.

Yogi


Thank you VERY much. I have been having the hardest time looking for a motherboard that isn't over the top and just the right price. I am actually considering one of the two because there have been many positive reviews about both. I really appreciate the suggestions, THANK YOU. And thank you for everyone else who contributed to my issue (:.
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March 4, 2014 3:33:10 PM

You're most welcome!

Yogi
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