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#1 the8cho

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 20:27

Hi All,

 

I am in the final stages of building my first PC rig in 5+ years. I will be using it for gaming, titles such as Crysis 3. 

 

I an unsure which motherboard I should get, though. Any suggestions? I wanted the ASRock Z87 (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157370) but it's sold out on newegg.

 

Please provide any feedback or comments, here are the components I have selected so far and the newegg link for each:

 

GPU: XFX Double D R9 280X - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150678

 

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W Power Supply - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139011

 

CPU: Intel i7-4770K - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116901

 

RAM: HyperX 2x8GB - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820104316

 

SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820147247

 

HD: Seagate Barracude 2TB - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148834

 

Bluray: Pioneer Bluray Burner - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827129075

 

I already have a tower and cooler:

Corsair Obsidian Tower - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811139024

Corsair H80i Liquid Cooler: http://www.newegg.co...82E16835181031 

 

My NewEgg wishlist can be found here: http://secure.newegg...Number=19023354

 

Thanks for any input!

 




#2 Mindovermaster

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 20:35

I have the same H80i cooler :)

 

As for the BluRay burner, unless you use it exclusively, it is a waste of money. Just get a DVD burner for ~$20

 

All else looks good :)



#3 x-scratch

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 20:50

looks like a good build. i would change out the burner for a lg one



#4 OP the8cho

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 21:03

Thanks Mindovermaster, thanks x-scratch.

 

I think I'll go with this Mobo: ASRock Fatality z87: http://www.newegg.co...2E16813157460  



#5 +PeterUK

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:32

The new Z97 are out here are two that look good.
ASUS Z97-A
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI < works with CrossFire too

#6 Haggis

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 13:27

Are you gonna be overclocking if not i would go for the non K version if its cheaper (non K version is £185 compared to £208)

 

also would an i5 not suffice?



#7 uMadRabbit

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 18:07

4770k is a bit overkill for gaming. An i5 would do just fine. Save the money and buy an Samsung Pro SSD. The price difference is not that big last I checked. Other than that a very decent build. Although BluRay? :)



#8 Jason S.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 18:10

I have a slightly older variant of that blu-ray burner. it's quite nice. (Y)



#9 Enron

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 18:17

Do you live near a Micro Center? They have the 4770K for $270 instead of the $340 Newegg wants. In store deal only though.



#10 OP the8cho

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 20:31

Thanks all,

 

What are the advantages of going for a Z97 mobo over the ASrock Z87? Looking at the specs, it looks like I get more with the ASRock z87 in terms of expansion slots and rear ports. 

 

Thanks for the heads up Enron - I am fairly close to a MicroCenter, so I'll pick one up there. I've chosen the 4770K in case games in the next year or so make more use of core tech, and for a bit of future-proofing. With this deal I will definitely go for it. 

 

Blu-Ray is for media capabilities (I don't have a television) and because the burner is only $10 more than the player. 

 

Thanks again all!



#11 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 20:39

Thanks all,

 

What are the advantages of going for a Z97 mobo over the ASrock Z87? Looking at the specs, it looks like I get more with the ASRock z87 in terms of expansion slots and rear ports. 

 

Thanks for the heads up Enron - I am fairly close to a MicroCenter, so I'll pick one up there. I've chosen the 4770K in case games in the next year or so make more use of core tech, and for a bit of future-proofing. With this deal I will definitely go for it. 

 

Blu-Ray is for media capabilities (I don't have a television) and because the burner is only $10 more than the player. 

 

Thanks again all!

CPUs are so far ahead of everything else, in terms of speed, that you're much better off putting more money into a GPU.

I personally would switch to an i5 and put the money towards a bigger SSD and maybe better GPU if there's enough leftover.



#12 Mindovermaster

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 20:44

Read this online via  04-20-2014:

 

 

 

Worst case, the Z87 i7-4770k's won't be any more expensive once the equivalent Z97 board and i7-4790k is released, so no loss. If anything, they will probably be a bit cheaper. Don't expect massive price drops though, it probably wouldn't happen.

The issue will be that the i7-4790k won't be available straight away, it will be a another couple of months. The downside of going with Z87 is that you can't upgrade to Broadwell later if you want and with Z97 board you supposedly can.

Z87:
  • slightly cheaper to purchase
  • lower resale at the end
  • can't upgrade later
  • lower resale value

Z97:
  • have to wait a couple more months for i7-4790k
  • higher resale value than Z87 when you next upgrade
  • upgradeable to Broadwell (next gen) CPU
  • faster
  • by waiting, you may be able to have a higher budget
  • certain video cards may be cheaper