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Motherboard for first time PC builder and would love some feedback

Hi guys,

I need help choosing a motherboard, thanks!

This is my first post, so I hope I dont break any rules.

My setup (not bought yet):

CPU: Core i5 I5-6600 3.3 GHz
GPU: MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G (4 GB)
PSU: Corsair VS Series VS550
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 1 x 8 GB (2666mhz)
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO MZ-75E250 250 GB
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO Processor
Screen: BenQ XL2411Z
Case: Fractal Design Define R5

Motherboards I considered:

ASUS B150M-A
MSI Z170-A PRO
MSI Z170A GAMING PRO

I wont be overclocking.
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  1. Do not get a z170 if you arent overclocking.
    nice build btw
    I'd go with 2 4gb sticks of ram instead of one 8gb sticks, 2 8gb sticks would be slightly faster
  2. assassin445522 said:
    Do not get a z170 if you arent overclocking.
    nice build btw
    I'd go with 2 4gb sticks of ram instead of one 8gb sticks, 2 8gb sticks would be slightly faster


    Thank you for the quick answer!

    I have 2 follow-up questions if you have time:

    My RAM has 2666mhz, which wont be supported by the B150M-A. Should I get lower mhz RAM?

    Do you know if the PSU is good enough?
  3. Best answer
    1) yes Ram frequency literally makes near no difference maybe like .1 fps and that's a MAYBE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWgzA2C61z4
    at 2 mins he shows some benchmarks showing performance differerence (yes ik this is DDR3)

    2) yes it has 80+ bronze effeciency basically meaning it is a good PSU
  4. I would invest in a higher quality PSU. The EVGA P2 would be my choice, but the others would be OK.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/compare/corsair-power-supply-cp9020090na,evga-power-supply-220p20650x1,seasonic-power-supply-s12ii620bronze,seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm/

    You won't need the TX3 cooler if you get the boxed Intel chip, unless you just want to replace it with something quieter. In that case, I would recommend the Cryorig H7 which is much better and much easier to install.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7

    Would an H170 Pro Gaming be too much over budget?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-h170progaming
  5. Bearmann said:
    I would invest in a higher quality PSU. The EVGA P2 would be my choice, but the others would be OK.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/compare/corsair-power-supply-cp9020090na,evga-power-supply-220p20650x1,seasonic-power-supply-s12ii620bronze,seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm/

    You won't need the TX3 cooler if you get the boxed Intel chip, unless you just want to replace it with something quieter. In that case, I would recommend the Cryorig H7 which is much better and much easier to install.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7

    Would an H170 Pro Gaming be too much over budget?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-h170progaming


    Yes, that might be a bit over budget with the H170 mobo. I just dont want a bottleneck, but otherwise I want best value mobo.

    Thanks for the advice on the cooler and PSU. I dont know know how to prioritize moneywise with the PSU though.
  6. Firstpcbuild1 said:
    Bearmann said:
    I would invest in a higher quality PSU. The EVGA P2 would be my choice, but the others would be OK.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/compare/corsair-power-supply-cp9020090na,evga-power-supply-220p20650x1,seasonic-power-supply-s12ii620bronze,seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm/

    You won't need the TX3 cooler if you get the boxed Intel chip, unless you just want to replace it with something quieter. In that case, I would recommend the Cryorig H7 which is much better and much easier to install.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7

    Would an H170 Pro Gaming be too much over budget?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-h170progaming


    Yes, that might be a bit over budget with the H170 mobo. I just dont want a bottleneck, but otherwise I want best value mobo.

    Thanks for the advice on the cooler and PSU. I dont know know how to prioritize moneywise with the PSU though.


    That's a good price of $103 after rebate on that Asus Pro Gaming. It's less expensive than the the two MSI boards that you picked out. Are you in the USA?

    https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/H170-PRO-GAMING/

    Here is another good PSU if you live near an US location of NCIX:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-110b20750vr

    It may still be worthwhile with shipping costs added, but I don't know how much they are.
  7. I live in Denmark which is in Scandinavia. We have most of the parts that you recommend and with low shipping cost.

    I could finde this PSU: eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2

    Otherwise I considered this PSU, which is slightly cheaper: Corsair RMx Series RM650x
  8. Firstpcbuild1 said:
    I live in Denmark which is in Scandinavia. We have most of the parts that you recommend and with low shipping cost.

    I could finde this PSU: eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2

    Otherwise I considered this PSU, which is slightly cheaper: Corsair RMx Series RM650x




    Both are excellent,but the EVGA is probably a little better. I think the Corsair comes with a sleeve bearing fan and a 7 year warranty, while I think the EVGA comes with a ball bearing fan and a 10 year warranty (with registration).

    I visited Denmark oh so many years ago. It's a wonderful place!
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