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March 17, 2014 10:17:55 AM

This is going to be my first oc/crossfire build for a pc. I've been scrounging the internet to find resources on which mobo i should choose. The mobo would have to support at least 3 gpu's specifically 7950's if that is of any help. I would also need an easy oc from what i've figured so far is some mobo's come with auto oc software. The cpu's going to be an i7 4770k, Any advice on overclocking is much obliged, i've been thinking of using a h110 by corsair for the heatsink, and if anyone knows if that would fit in a phantom 630 that would be great too. The ram i'm clue less about for as far as i can tell high ram speeds may be useful for oc and some os tasks, i'm not entirely sure. If i have 4 channels for ram should i buy 4 separate sticks or would 2 suffice? Would i get a better performance boost from one or the other? I don't intend to oc the ram, but if it can help with the cpu oc or overall pc in tasks i don't mind. Any advice is much appreciated.

The mobo's i have been looking at so far are the

ASRock Z87 oc Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z87 oc Formula/ac
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I honestly don't know the difference between the two other then the /ac acronym and the oc formula costing 4 bucks more is there a difference?

MSI M powered Z87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Z87-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i choose the last one because of the aesthetics that dragon looks pretty bad ass.

Any help would be appreciated.
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March 17, 2014 11:23:53 AM

Asus hero z87
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March 17, 2014 1:08:34 PM

Dblkk said:
Asus hero z87


I've heard good things about asus and i realize they are the most reliable on the market and their is a 50 dollar price cut i'll look at some mobo's then before i make my final decision, but thanks for the advice.
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March 17, 2014 1:12:32 PM

Welp figured out what the ac stands for for the asus models one comes with built in wifi chip and the other doesn't
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March 17, 2014 1:14:24 PM

gregbattis said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... best one the oc is most likely a overclocking key or extra thermal layer.


It is seeming more and more likely that i should just bite the bullet and get the ASRock oc formula, it looks nice though do you know if it has built in blue tooth capabilities? I sometimes like to play emulated games, and using my wii mote through a built in blue tooth would make things a tad bit easier.
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March 19, 2014 10:51:54 AM

i don't see the Bluetooth on it but you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AJ...
it has good reviews unlike others of its kind.
I got a high end 8 ram slot mobo on one of my i7 computers and i am jealous of that mobo.

Good luck!
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March 19, 2014 3:16:19 PM

gregbattis said:
i don't see the Bluetooth on it but you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AJ...
it has good reviews unlike others of its kind.
I got a high end 8 ram slot mobo on one of my i7 computers and i am jealous of that mobo.

Good luck!


Yeah well i accidentally chose this as the solution no idea how to un solution it, but anywho i kinda went with your suggestion and am going to get the oc formula. Though i gotta ask what would you need 8 ram slots for? Also, know anything about oc'ing ram?
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