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What's the best "bang for buck" x79 board for this rig?

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February 13, 2013 1:58:17 AM

Case: Coolermaster HAF 922

Processor: i7 3820

Memory: 16gb G. skill Ripjaws X

Graphics: 1 gtx 670 EVGA FTW

Storage: 120gb SSD + 1Tb HDD

Power: 750 watt cx750

Audio: Asus XONAR DSX


What would be the best bang for buck motherboard for this set up? I'm going to use it primarily for gaming.
a c 75 V Motherboard
February 13, 2013 4:10:07 PM

ok then. id chuck all of what you have configured out the window for something better

-i7s are not for games. i5s are cheaper and perform better
-x79 is not for games. the platform has no enefits in terms of speed for gaming
-there are better cards than the ftw. all aftermarket solutions avaliable for the 670 is better than the evga ftw
-the cx series are rather low quality
-you dont need a sound card, but if you have a good headset, go ahead

give me a budget, location, if you are overclocking, and if you are doing a dual video card configuration down the road. ill configre something for you
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February 13, 2013 8:28:36 PM

CX series have bad build quality(CWT made, not Seasonic), and for that build, 750w is overkill, 600-650 is more than enough. I'd reccomend a TX or even HX 650. TX/HX are all Seasonic made and are much higher quality than the CX series.

You don't need a sound card, plus if you are only gaming Z77 is a better choice, an i5 paired with a gaming motherboard such as the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 will save you money and will allow you to SLI your GTX670 or upgrade to CF 7970GHz or a single GTX680. Also 8GB of RAM is enough.

Also I'd reccomend a 7970GHz edition over any GTX670, they are the same price(450 dollars for both) and the 7970GHz even outperforms the GTX680 at stock(and can overclock higher to boot), also the larger bus allows for AA/AF. and future multimonitor/high res.

Besides most cheaper X79 mobos are mediocre compared to even Z77, my DX79SI is decent but lacks extra SATAIII and extra USB3, best bang for buck is probably the GA-X79-UP4 for 250 dollars IMO, good overclocking and expandability.

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a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2013 9:20:21 PM

If your doing a Bang for Buck build stay out of the X79 platform
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February 14, 2013 1:34:57 PM

TheBigTroll said:
ok then. id chuck all of what you have configured out the window for something better

-i7s are not for games. i5s are cheaper and perform better
-x79 is not for games. the platform has no enefits in terms of speed for gaming
-there are better cards than the ftw. all aftermarket solutions avaliable for the 670 is better than the evga ftw
-the cx series are rather low quality
-you dont need a sound card, but if you have a good headset, go ahead

give me a budget, location, if you are overclocking, and if you are doing a dual video card configuration down the road. ill configre something for you



Alright, in that case my budget is about $1,500, but I can go maybe $100-$200 more if it's for something that significantly effects performance. Location is NJ USA. I don't really plan on overclocking. And I'm going to stick with a single card for my graphics.

Thanks for the input!
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a c 75 V Motherboard
February 14, 2013 3:57:18 PM

if you are not overclocking or doing dual video card setups, you really dont need to spend much

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DvFO

ram
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

hard drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1139

case
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67628&promoid=1139

psu
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257

you should be maxing things out easily. given the extra space left behind, id suggest investing in a mechanical keyboard like this one. it is much easier to type on these and they will last much longer (50 million keystrokes vs 2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 14, 2013 5:50:30 PM

TheBigTroll said:
if you are not overclocking or doing dual video card setups, you really dont need to spend much

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DvFO

ram
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

hard drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1139

case
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67628&promoid=1139

psu
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257

you should be maxing things out easily. given the extra space left behind, id suggest investing in a mechanical keyboard like this one. it is much easier to type on these and they will last much longer (50 million keystrokes vs 2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Alright, thanks for your help! Adding in the price for a decent monitor, mouse, and keyboard, this should come in nicely under my budget. Cheers!
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February 14, 2013 9:59:46 PM

Best answer selected by OvaltineJenkins.
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