Need help in buying a high end motherboard

Matthew Cameron

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Hello everyone!

So I am looking at building a system with current specs:

CPU: Intel core i7 4770k

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i Liquid cooling

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1600mhz (2x8gb) DDR3

GPU: EVGA GTX 780 SC w/ ACX Cooler

PSU: Silverstone Strider plus 850W ST85F - P


I think that is all that is needed but if I haven't listed something I needed then let me know.

I am looking for something to over-clock my CPU to about 4.5ghz, I have little - no experience with mother boards but I am told the ASUS VI Formula is a great board and the MSI Z87 MPower Max is also a good board.

But as I said, I have no clue so I am seeking some help, thanks!

Matt :)



 

DaronMal

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I would recommend always get the motherboard first when building a PC, since everything is based off of that and not all of your stuff may be compatible with the same board.
 

DaronMal

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I would recommend always get the motherboard first when building a PC, since everything is based off of that and not all of your stuff may be compatible with the same board.
 

Matthew Cameron

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Thanks for the reply,

But I was hoping to know whether the ASUS VI Formula would be compatible with everything I have, because like I said I know very little on this topic.

Cheers,
Matt :)
 

DaronMal

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Sorry, but that's just how I always do it, picking the random parts is easy but finding the right mobo is hard, word of advice is the CPU/GPU should be the same company. So if you like the Intel i7, go for an Intel GPU, and etc.
 

cars12345

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Here are two excellent boards at a decent price:
-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusvihero
-http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusvigene


Intel only has integrated chipsets.
Mixing brands will make no difference. PCI-Express x16 3.0 just has more bandwidth. Maybe some high-end cards will have an advantage.
 

Matthew Cameron

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Thanks, for the replies everyone, but in regards to the Noctua NH-D14 instead of the H100i - could you tell me why, I thought water cooling was recommended for the new processors, I also thought the H100i performed better from looking at benchmarks.

All I really want to know is your rational.

Cheers,
Matt :)
 

Matthew Cameron

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Hi, like I said, I'm very new so I have no idea what micro ATX is...

If you could dumb it down for me and explain a little that would be great!

Regards,
Matt :)
 

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In part it's a matter of preference, the h100 is about $110 and there's plenty of air coolers that are less that stay right about the same temps, my V8 is right at about the same (think it tested 2 degrees warmer) but that's fine, it was only $10 less but looks great and runs great I'm at 4.6 with my 4770K and have run it at 4.7 and 4.8 - still playing with voltages
 

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