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June 6, 2014 9:50:42 AM

Thanks for reading, I'm pretty much just getting into PC gaming. I already have an X1 and Wii U but getting a PC soon so I set up a rig which I think is good enough to run today's and future games at at around 1080p, 60fps which is all I really need. I'd like to know if the components go together but would like advice on which motherboard would be good to have. I'm not looking to overclock by the way, just simply play games.

Case: Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower
HDD: Western Digital 3.5" HDD
CPU: Intel i5 4670k 3.4GHz
PSU: Corsair 600W modular 80 plus
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 412s, or 212 EVO
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780/770 OR AMD Radeon R9 290/290X
Motherboard: Don't know which one.

I would really appreciate the help as well as which graphics card out of those and if not those then another one, as well as a Motherboard.

Thank you!!

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June 6, 2014 9:55:32 AM

What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.
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June 6, 2014 9:59:04 AM

freeracercolin said:
What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.


I'd be comfortabe up to £900 but I could push to £1000 total if I saved longer. I was thinking of going for the 290x but I've also heard that it only runs with mantle? Thanks anyway for replying :) 
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June 6, 2014 10:01:25 AM

Just go a tad cheaper and pick R9 290, non-x, get a little stronger power supply just to give it some breathing room. If you want to save some more money then go for

AMD FX-8350 paired with Asrock fatality 990FX killer


which will let you have 16gigs of RAM.

But if you insist on Intel, then go for Either Xeon E3-1231v3 or 4670(non-k), paired with ASrock fatality H97 Killer.


I believe the i5 is just borderline for 1440p gaming, it might handle it, bit it would definitely suffer quite a bit!
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June 6, 2014 10:01:44 AM

Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.


I'd be comfortabe up to £900 but I could push to £1000 total if I saved longer. I was thinking of going for the 290x but I've also heard that it only runs with mantle? Thanks anyway for replying :) 

It runs better with mantle, but it will still run very well without it. If your getting the 290x, you need to not get the reference cooler design, and you need to get a larger PSU. I would get at least 750w.
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June 6, 2014 10:06:29 AM

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Just go a tad cheaper and pick R9 290, non-x, get a little stronger power supply just to give it some breathing room. If you want to save some more money then go for

AMD FX-8350 paired with Asrock fatality 990FX killer


which will let you have 16gigs of RAM.

But if you insist on Intel, then go for Either Xeon E3-1231v3 or 4670(non-k), paired with ASrock fatality H97 Killer.


I believe the i5 is just borderline for 1440p gaming, it might handle it, bit it would definitely suffer quite a bit!


I'm only looking for 8gb RAM to be honest and the 1440p is more of a luxury thing if my set-up just so happens to run it but I'm mostly looking for 1080p :)  By the way, what difference is it between the 4670/4670k?
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June 6, 2014 10:06:56 AM

Naicheervan Abbas said:
BigBadBeef said:
Just go a tad cheaper and pick R9 290, non-x, get a little stronger power supply just to give it some breathing room. If you want to save some more money then go for

AMD FX-8350 paired with Asrock fatality 990FX killer


which will let you have 16gigs of RAM.

But if you insist on Intel, then go for Either Xeon E3-1231v3 or 4670(non-k), paired with ASrock fatality H97 Killer.


I believe the i5 is just borderline for 1440p gaming, it might handle it, bit it would definitely suffer quite a bit!


I'm only looking for 8gb RAM to be honest and the 1440p is more of a luxury thing if my set-up just so happens to run it but I'm mostly looking for 1080p :)  By the way, what difference is it between the 4670/4670k?

You can overclock with the k.
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June 6, 2014 10:16:06 AM

freeracercolin said:
Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.


I'd be comfortabe up to £900 but I could push to £1000 total if I saved longer. I was thinking of going for the 290x but I've also heard that it only runs with mantle? Thanks anyway for replying :) 

It runs better with mantle, but it will still run very well without it. If your getting the 290x, you need to not get the reference cooler design, and you need to get a larger PSU. I would get at least 750w.


Thanks a lot for your help but now I'm undecided between a Sapphire AMD R9 TRI-X OC 4GB DDR5, and the R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4GB DDR5? I'm taking an educated guess in that the tri-x is better? Any suggestions for a motherboard as well? Sorry if I'm pounding away at you but I don't want to make mistakes.
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June 6, 2014 10:16:26 AM

Aah okay, well the difference is only £4 so may as well keep the 4670k :) 

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June 6, 2014 11:12:13 AM

Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.


I'd be comfortabe up to £900 but I could push to £1000 total if I saved longer. I was thinking of going for the 290x but I've also heard that it only runs with mantle? Thanks anyway for replying :) 

It runs better with mantle, but it will still run very well without it. If your getting the 290x, you need to not get the reference cooler design, and you need to get a larger PSU. I would get at least 750w.


Thanks a lot for your help but now I'm undecided between a Sapphire AMD R9 TRI-X OC 4GB DDR5, and the R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4GB DDR5? I'm taking an educated guess in that the tri-x is better? Any suggestions for a motherboard as well? Sorry if I'm pounding away at you but I don't want to make mistakes.

yes, the Tri-x is a better cooler than DCU2. But, that better cooler comes at a higher price/ If your willing to pay for it, then get it. If not, the DCU2 is still a very good card. I have the 280x DCU2.
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June 6, 2014 11:17:19 AM

freeracercolin said:
Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.


I'd be comfortabe up to £900 but I could push to £1000 total if I saved longer. I was thinking of going for the 290x but I've also heard that it only runs with mantle? Thanks anyway for replying :) 

It runs better with mantle, but it will still run very well without it. If your getting the 290x, you need to not get the reference cooler design, and you need to get a larger PSU. I would get at least 750w.


Thanks a lot for your help but now I'm undecided between a Sapphire AMD R9 TRI-X OC 4GB DDR5, and the R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4GB DDR5? I'm taking an educated guess in that the tri-x is better? Any suggestions for a motherboard as well? Sorry if I'm pounding away at you but I don't want to make mistakes.

yes, the Tri-x is a better cooler than DCU2. But, that better cooler comes at a higher price/ If your willing to pay for it, then get it. If not, the DCU2 is still a very good card. I have the 280x DCU2.


The tri-x sapphire is actually cheaper on Amazon at the moment :p  Since you have an AMD Radeon yourself, how loud actually are they? People make them out to be like space rockets setting off!!
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June 6, 2014 11:24:50 AM

Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
Naicheervan Abbas said:
freeracercolin said:
What is your budget for the motherboard? As for the GPU, i would get the 290(x) because it has been shown to be better at 1440p gaming.


I'd be comfortabe up to £900 but I could push to £1000 total if I saved longer. I was thinking of going for the 290x but I've also heard that it only runs with mantle? Thanks anyway for replying :) 

It runs better with mantle, but it will still run very well without it. If your getting the 290x, you need to not get the reference cooler design, and you need to get a larger PSU. I would get at least 750w.


Thanks a lot for your help but now I'm undecided between a Sapphire AMD R9 TRI-X OC 4GB DDR5, and the R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4GB DDR5? I'm taking an educated guess in that the tri-x is better? Any suggestions for a motherboard as well? Sorry if I'm pounding away at you but I don't want to make mistakes.

yes, the Tri-x is a better cooler than DCU2. But, that better cooler comes at a higher price/ If your willing to pay for it, then get it. If not, the DCU2 is still a very good card. I have the 280x DCU2.


The tri-x sapphire is actually cheaper on Amazon at the moment :p  Since you have an AMD Radeon yourself, how loud actually are they? People make them out to be like space rockets setting off!!

My DCU2 is very quite, unless the fans are at 100%, which has never happened on the auto setting. Since it is a rebadged 7970, i isn't as hot as the 290(x),and has never gone above 77 degrees, and I forgot to turn up the rest of my fans when that happened. After I turned my fans up, the temp went down to ~72 degrees.
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