Advice for new stationary gaming pc

funnybiscuit

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Hey!
I'm gonna build my first gaming computer soon and need some extra advice when it comes to the build. I've researched a lot on the web on most of the components and i've decided upon those but still not 100%. As the title says, it'll be a gaming pc while i'll also do some music production and video rendering.

These components, I have planned to buy:

Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene uATX Z77
CPU: Intel Core i5 - 3570K
GPU: MSi Radeon HD 7970 Lightning
PSU: Corsair Power Supply GS700 2013 Edition
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
HDD: SSD Corsair Force GT 120 GB
(Hard Drive 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB I buy then when I have more money)
Chassis: Zalman Z11 Plus


I'm pretty convinced on the motherboard but i've also discussed the mobo on another website and have been recommended to buy a MSI Z77A-GD65 or Gigabyte X79-UD3 so please take those into consideration as well if you can.

What do you think?

Any advice, recommendation etc is appreciated!
Thank you!
 

jonjonjon

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save money on the motherboard. no need to spend $200 unless there is so specific feature you need. going X79 will cost you a lot more. save $100 off the motherboard and get a 3770k if you do a lot video editing/encoding.
 

funnybiscuit

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Thanks for the quick reply!
I won't be doing a lot of video rendering though. Only for the tracks from music production. Hence why i chose this mobo cuz of it's soundcard. And I'll be gaming on a slightly higher level than music production so i thought that maybe the maximus v gene will do me good.
 

jonjonjon

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this makes it sound like its just the Realtek ALC892

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_maximus_v_gene_motherboard_review,2.html

Audio is managed by the good old Realtek ALC892 8-channel audio codec that falls within the SupremeFX III Sound - Audio That Takes SNR To The 110dB threshold thanks to new shielding.

i would get a cheaper board and if the sound wasn't good enough you can always buy a $40 sound card and it would still be less then the asus board.

http://techreport.com/review/23358/asus-budget-xonar-dgx-and-dsx-sound-cards-reviewed
 

funnybiscuit

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Hmm you're quite right, but has still been given good ratings on a couple websites including newegg!
Perhaps it isn't as good as i think, i haven't yet come across a thread with the maximus v gene included in the build. And as you said it might just be better to buy a cheaper gaming mobo and a seperate soundcard. but if so, which mobo?
 

jonjonjon

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they are mostly similar. i would look in the $115-140 range and for something with Realtek ALC898 that also has the features you want. something like the extreme4 for $134.99. test out the onboard audio and if its not good enough buy a sound card buy the $40 asus sound card and at $175 with a better sound card.
 

funnybiscuit

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Thanks for your input! I'll definitely think about it! :)