Hi, looking at replacing my ageing PC, been looking around at a few things, and have come up with the following build
Asus Maximus 5 Formula mobo
Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce OC edition
Samsung 128gb 840 series SSD
Seagate 2TB 7200rpm 64mb cache HDD x 2
G.Skill 16gb TridentX 2400mhz CAS11 Ram
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler, with extra 120mm fan
Antec 1200 v3 Full Tower Case
Antec Truepower 750w PSU
All up, should cost around $1650 aud from various suppliers.
I'm running this on 2x 1080P monitors, and I play a ton of games, BF3, Dota 2, WoW, SC2, CS:GO, and it should be more than enough for that, but I've recently started attempting some 3D design, using Maya, and 3DS Max, and some CAD (still working out what I prefer) and was wondering if anything there could be replaced, or changed out for something better, or cheaper, at equivalent specs
You WILL notice the difference in the RAM speed when rendering... so - depending on how much it cost extra compared to how much time you'll be spending rendering, you'll have to decide if the cost is worth the extra speed of RAM
Asrock doesnt seem to have the best reputation, and I know Asus's is rock solid, plus, I'm planning on OC'ing it more and more, and software requirements go up over the years, so I'd rather have a solid foundation for everything. I am planning on running an SLI, will pick up another 670 in a couple months, and from what I could tell in the few reviews I've read, whilst I wouldn't noticed much difference in most uses for 2400mhz ram, doing intensive rendering should show a reasonable improvement, and the price difference isn't all that much anymore
Asrock used to be ASUS's cheap motheerboard division. The rampage motherboard is overpriced and is only a Micro ATX board which would limit upgradability
From what I know, ASrock was owned by a subsidiary of Asus years ago, but they were never affiliated development wise, so they weren't just a a cheap Asus brand. And that board isn't a m-atx, that would be the Gene, not the Formula. And overpriced is somewhat dependent on your definition I guess. Not just looking for cheap, and easily overclockable, the features on the board appealed to me as well, 7.1 channel shielded audio would be nice paired with my headphones, and the built in watercooling block would save me 100-$150 if I ever decided to go down that route.
I don't really know a huge amount about computer hardware, but I'm not an idiot, and I have been trying to research it, so telling me to change a part simply because you deem a board to be too expensive, without actually explaining why an alternative product is better, seems to be rather counter productive
Rampage merely denotes the series of boards? Not the individual components of the board? There was a Rampage Gene, Formula, and Extreme, now its the Maximus of the same names. That was a mistake from me, so I corrected it, but I don't understand why you seem to be so aggressive?
I just want to build a new pc, and was looking for intelligent input on it some parts I had in mind, not immature attempts at belittling someone who's looking for help with something they're not entirely familiar with.
The board I first picked out was the Maximus 5 Formula, I just wrote it as the Maximus 5 Rampage by mistake, I didn't confuse the chipsets. And I have a pair of Razer Tiamat headphones, which I believe are the only true 7.1 cans on the market