Need help with motherboard on new build

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, maybe even sooner.

System Usage: Gaming, Coding, 3d Rendering

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD seems like the best value for mid ranged builds, also I have been hearing a lot of bad things about ASUS customer service as of late.

Overclocking: Most likely.

SLI or Crossfire: I plan to, but I need to get some more cash for a new card.

Monitor Resolution: 1080 for now, its 24".


So a few weeks ago my PSU caught fire and pretty much fired everything except for my optical drive and my hard drive, and I am not sure either of these things still work. Anyways, assuming they work, here is what I am looking at so far:


Cougar Evolution Case

I actually already have this case, I got it a few months ago as a gift which I never got to setup (weird gift lol). Anyways, I took a look at it after my old pc nearly burnt my house down and I noticed it was not a bad case at all. Cooling is nice, the back of the case makes for a really clean wiring setup and it pretty much has all the bells and whistles a case should have. My only gripe is that the fan options are small and cumbersome and the case is a just slightly smaller than I would like.

Rosewill Hive 750W

Already got this thing, it feels like a quality piece of hardware. I bought it because I was not totally sure if my motherboard and video card were fried, but it is almost impossible for there not to be heat damage, the old case was literally on fire.

As far as Hard drive and optical drives are concerned, my old ones still work. I have windows 7 64 bit on the hard drive, not sure what I am going to have to do to make it work with my new system.


Asus Crosshair V

I honestly have no idea about buying a motherboard. I want to get something that is future-proof, yet I really do not know where to begin. I am going to want a motherboard with Piledriver and beyond support, if possible.

GTX 480

This, I am pretty confident in buying. I know this thing runs hot and is loud, but I think it looks like the best value. I also am confident that my PSU can handle this.

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Also in the dark about the RAM, as it has a lot to do with the motherboard.

965 BE

Looks fine, probably will be upgrading in a year or so.

Anyways, I would love some critique and suggestions, mainly about the motherboard and RAM setup.
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  1. With what you want to do with the computer your building I would most defietly be going with an Intel cpu and not AMD. You didn't say if you alreaddy had the cpu or not and if not and you are going to be upgrading in a year then it makes even more sense to go with an Ivy Bridge cpu. You also stated you don't want to gamble with Asus customer service and yet your listing an Asus motherboard?
    I think you need to post what you do have and what your looking to purchase so it will be less confusing
  2. Alright, sorry it was so confusing. I think I fixed it. So what would you recommend for intel? I don't want to totally break the bank here, I need to stay in the same price range for the CPU as I was while getting the same amount of performance.
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    Thank you for clearing that up , it makes it a little more easy. $199.99 $134.99

    With the AMD cpu and motherboard you had listed this combination comes out to almost the same cost and you won't have to upgrade for several years.
    This is also a combo deal that Newegg has and it includes the next highest cpu;

    This is also another combo deal they have;

    The ram choice you have is a good one and naturally there are others to choose from but you would be ok with this choice.

    Your last option seems to me like the best deal, would the motherboard it comes with be a good future investment? I have heard a lot of good things about gigabyte and I would be more than happy to try that brand out.
  5. Yes the motherboard is a Z77 chipset motherboard and will be a good future investment with the Ivy Bridge cpu to go with it.
  6. This looks like my best bet, I have been doing some searching and it looks like the intel CPU would just crush the AMD one in all aspects, its a good thing I did some asking around. Thanks so much for your help Inzone!!
  7. Best answer selected by gorlios.
  8. That's why it's a good idea to post questions so you end up with the best choice.
    Good luck with your rebuild.
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