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Best mobo for this system + general new build critique

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May 5, 2012 4:47:15 PM

Hi - I'm planning a new build in the next 2 weeks. I'd really appreciate any thoughts on the best motherboard (z77) for this rig, plus any general observations. Thanks!
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Approximate Purchase Date: Next fortnight
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) £1000 inc tax
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, home office
Parts Not Required: Screen, keyboard, mouse, OS, optical drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon / Scan / Ebuyer
Country: United Kingdom
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Appearance not important.

Proposed build:

• Case Cooler Master HAF X £124
• CPU 3570K £171
• Cooler Thermalright HR-02 Macho £40
• Mobo TBC £120 - £150
• PSU Xfx 750W Black Edition £88
• HDD (SSD) Samsung 830 128gb £117
• HDD (Spindle) Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM £86
• RAM Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 LP Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz £40
• GPU Sapphire RADEON HD 7850 OC 2GB £185
• Optical owned 0
• Op System owned 0

May 5, 2012 6:59:59 PM

You state "NO" for dual vid cards yet you have a 750w psu?

If you don't plan on adding a second card later on then look at this.

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-pro-4-s1155-int... £89.98
ASRock Z77 Pro 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR6 ATX

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <---- another look at that board

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550-watt-core-edition-... £47.98
XFX 550 Watt Core Edition Full Wired 80+ Bronze PSU

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-300... £59.98
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Gaming Case

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

or...

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-carbide-series-400... £78.99
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis, Black

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <------ another look at that case

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-550-watt-core-edition-... £89.98
Sandisk 120GB Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-8gb--2-x-4g... £35.98
Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Low Profile

http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-ra... £249.99
Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 7870 1000MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
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Anonymous
May 5, 2012 8:52:45 PM

Why_Me said:
Just curious but if the OP is going with a single card build, why would he spend a 150 quid on a board meant for dual cards when he would put that money towards a better gpu thus giving the OP more FPS?


i don't know, why would he?

why would he buy a board with a hampered X4 slot thereby making it useless when he has the budget to buy better?

why can't you just ask a direct question?
May 5, 2012 9:21:38 PM

Sorry if I came out a bit harsh, I was just thinking of the OP's intended budget and what he filled out on the format.

For the option to add another 7850 later on....

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155... £109.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <--- another look at that board

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-650-watt-core-edition-... £64.99
XFX 650 Watt Core Edition Full Wired Power Supply

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-ati-radeon-7850-870mh... £209.98
Asus ATI Radeon 7850 870MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI DirectCU II

For the option to add another 7870 later on then this psu with that board up above.

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-750-watt-core-edition-... £74.98
XFX 750 Watt Core Edition Full Wired Power Supply
Anonymous
May 5, 2012 10:27:58 PM

Why_Me said:
Sorry if I came out a bit harsh, I was just thinking of the OP's intended budget and what he filled out on the format.

nah, your good, i got touchy.

OP is better served getting the fat trimmed off as your doing then just a "best motherboard" answer.

have fun. :) 
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