Which motherboard?

So far I got these parts;

Cooler Master HAF X Ultra Gaming Case
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 Mhz Dual DDR3 Memory Kit (RED)
Corsair Gaming Series GS800 80+ Certified 800Watts Power Supply
Corsair H40 Hydro High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail
WD Caviar Green 1TB 64 MB Cache SATA III Hard Drive

Which costs 937€

Now I am looking for a good motherboard that won't make me spend more than 1100€.

Any suggestions if I should downgrade anything or wait for a little more budget? Thanks.
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  1. Couple of things to take into account:

    The HAF X is huge, and costly. For almost the same looks and most of the space, consider HAF932 ( could save some )

    CPU cooler: You won't really gain much benefit with the closed loop cooler, a good air cooler will work for you just as well, especially in a large ventilated case.
    So you could consider air coolers in the 30-40 range.

    CPU: If you are going for strictly gaming, the i5-2500k will be just as fine. Also since ivy bridge is out you 'might' want to go with i5 3570K instead.

    HDD: unless that is for purely storage and not OS i would really consider either and SSD for OS/SW drive. The green drives are not known for their speed.

    Motherboard: Take a look at the latest Z77 article at tomshardware.com, and choose one of the top 3 based on your liking. Should nicely fit your budget.

    No GPU is listed so I assume you plan on getting one at a later date or already have one etc.
  2. rvilkman said:
    Couple of things to take into account:

    The HAF X is huge, and costly. For almost the same looks and most of the space, consider HAF932 ( could save some )

    CPU cooler: You won't really gain much benefit with the closed loop cooler, a good air cooler will work for you just as well, especially in a large ventilated case.
    So you could consider air coolers in the 30-40 range.

    CPU: If you are going for strictly gaming, the i5-2500k will be just as fine. Also since ivy bridge is out you 'might' want to go with i5 3570K instead.

    HDD: unless that is for purely storage and not OS i would really consider either and SSD for OS/SW drive. The green drives are not known for their speed.

    Motherboard: Take a look at the latest Z77 article at tomshardware.com, and choose one of the top 3 based on your liking. Should nicely fit your budget.

    No GPU is listed so I assume you plan on getting one at a later date or already have one etc.



    Case: I will keep the HAF X because I always wanted it, but thanks for the suggestion.

    CPU Cooler: Do you think this will do the job? Corsair A70 CPU Cooler Air Series

    CPU : Do you think I will see alot of difference between the i5-2500k and the i7-2600k?

    HDD: I was gonna use it for the OS aswell. Do you think changing it to Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64 MB Cache SATA III Hard Drive will be better and getting a OCZ AGILITY 3 60 GB SATA III 2.5" SSD for the OS?

    MOBO: Can I have the link please? Thanks.
  3. Quote:
    HDD: I was gonna use it for the OS aswell. Do you think changing it to Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64 MB Cache SATA III Hard Drive will be better and getting a OCZ AGILITY 3 60 GB SATA III 2.5" SSD for the OS?


    That's much better but get a different SSD. OCZ Agility drives are not known for their stability. Go with a 64GB Crucial M4 instead.

    Quote:
    CPU Cooler: Do you think this will do the job? Corsair A70 CPU Cooler Air Series


    Yeah that will be fine - the closed liquid loops aren't the best deal when strong air fans will give you the same result.

    Quote:
    Motherboard: Take a look at the latest Z77 article at tomshardware.com, and choose one of the top 3 based on your liking. Should nicely fit your budget.


    I bought the Asrock Extreme 4 based off that article - installing it next week. :bounce:
  4. See if you can find this for a good price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  5. geekapproved said:
    See if you can find this for a good price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293


    Does Newegg sends to Malta?
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