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post #1 of 25
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Hi there, i am building a new gaming rig,

processor :i7-3770k
cooler :Corsair Hydro H-100 cooler
Ram :TeamGroup Xtreem LV 16gb 2400mhz
GPU : Gtx 680
sound card: creative SB fatal1ty


now the only dilemma im having is in choosing which motherboard to finish up my gaming rig.

which is the most recommended from the following? ( performance is of priority. pricing is last concern)
Asus Z77 Maximus V Extreme
Asus Z77 Maximus V Formula
Gigabyte Z77 G1 Sniper 3
Gigabyte Z77X-UP7
ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Asus P8Z77-V Premium w/Thunderbolt


I have done some research regarding the various mobo's, and some of their differences are due to the thunderbolt port.

i am using - Sony KDL32EX723BU 32-inch Widescreen as my monitor. And was wondering if i can use the thunderbolt port to connect to my tv-monitor via Thunderbolt/Hdmi.

Which MOBO do you think will suit the best for my gaming rig?

what i need from the MOBO
*performance in gaming
*general overall performance in other computing task
* has reasonable overclocking potential
post #2 of 25
i would instead, get a i5 3570K, because if you are gaming, the i5 and i7 are not going to be different in any way.

For a cooler, have you looked at the XSPC Raystorm 240, or Rasa 360? they are only a bit more than the H100 and perform much better.

i would also recommend getting some samsung "wonder" ram. they are at 1600mhz at stock, but can overclock above 2400mhz the best part about them is that they are only like $45 for 8gb.

I would also get a gtx 670 and overclock it. an overclocked 670 is about 5% worse than a 680 at stock.

For a motherboard, i would look at any motherboard that has an 8 + 2 or better power phase design. if you want a cheap, but quality motherboard, look at the Asrock Extreme 4. with an 8 + 2 power phase design, they are all going to overclock the same, but some of them are going to have, IMO, tacky accessories that you will only use once or twice.
post #3 of 25
1: ditch the 3770k for a 3570k, HyperThreading is useless for gaming.
2: both 16GB and 2400 are useless for gaming, swap it out for this kit instead, it has been known to OC to 2400 anyway.
3: all Fatal1ty sound cards are just a name. The non-fatal1ty version of the same will perform exactly the same for quite a bit less cash. You don't even need a sound card, unless you have some serious audio gear you won't even notice the difference.

All you really need, especially for a single GPU rig like yours, is an ASRock Extreme4. Otherwise, any of the boards youi listed would be fine.

Why do you want to use Thunderbolt? You have a 680 on that list, plug the monitor into it.



Really, just give us a budget, we can do so much better than this... You literally picked out the biggest money sink you could, and there is no reason to go that route.

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1: ditch the 3770k for a 3570k, HyperThreading is useless for gaming.
2: both 16GB and 2400 are useless for gaming, swap it out for this kit instead, it has been known to OC to 2400 anyway.
3: all Fatal1ty sound cards are just a name. The non-fatal1ty version of the same will perform exactly the same for quite a bit less cash. You don't even need a sound card, unless you have some serious audio gear you won't even notice the difference.
All you really need, especially for a single GPU rig like yours, is an ASRock Extreme4. Otherwise, any of the boards youi listed would be fine.
Why do you want to use Thunderbolt? You have a 680 on that list, plug the monitor into it.
Really, just give us a budget, we can do so much better than this... You literally picked out the biggest money sink you could, and there is no reason to go that route.
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post #5 of 25
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Thank you for the kind replies. They were really helpful.

Im not actually building it per say by myself, but rather through a company called OCuk. ( clickable link)

Cooler
they dont carry the rasa or raystorm cooler.

Ram
i was thinking of getting 2400mhz cards cause i wanted to OC them to 2666mhz.

GPU
the card ocuk offer for 680 is a non-stock version

Budget
my budget is roughly 2k pounds-2.3k pounds.


So i can plugged my hdmi cable directly to the GPU right? if thats the case then yeah im gona skip the thunderbolt option.

oh yeah , a reason why im willing to spend a little more is to hopefully be able to make the PC " last longer" in terms of specs.
please give me more further advice.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by evisu88 View Post

Thank you for the kind replies. They were really helpful.
Im not actually building it per say by myself, but rather through a company called OCuk. ( clickable link)
Cooler
they dont carry the rasa or raystorm cooler.
Ram
i was thinking of getting 2400mhz cards cause i wanted to OC them to 2666mhz.
GPU
the card ocuk offer for 680 is a non-stock version
Budget
my budget is roughly 2k pounds-2.3k pounds.
So i can plugged my hdmi cable directly to the GPU right? if thats the case then yeah im gona skip the thunderbolt option.
oh yeah , a reason why im willing to spend a little more is to hopefully be able to make the PC " last longer" in terms of specs.
please give me more further advice.

Cooler: not a problem, the H100 is great.

RAM: you arent going to get that high with a SB or IB chip anyway. And again, above 1600 is useless. Technically, above 1333 is pointless on Intel chips.

GPU: also not a problem,

If you could link us a few UK PC part sites (Like Newegg, but for the UK), and if you're willing to build it yourself, we can make a comp that'll lay the smackdown on that OCuk comp. Really, I could spec out what they're offering for about half that cost.
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post #7 of 25
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Thank you for the kind replies. They were really helpful.
Im not actually building it per say by myself, but rather through a company called OCuk. ( clickable link)
Cooler
they dont carry the rasa or raystorm cooler.
Ram
i was thinking of getting 2400mhz cards cause i wanted to OC them to 2666mhz.
GPU
the card ocuk offer for 680 is a non-stock version
Budget
my budget is roughly 2k pounds-2.3k pounds.
So i can plugged my hdmi cable directly to the GPU right? if thats the case then yeah im gona skip the thunderbolt option.
oh yeah , a reason why im willing to spend a little more is to hopefully be able to make the PC " last longer" in terms of specs.
please give me more further advice.
why not build it yourself? and yes you can just plug in the HDMI to your GPU
post #8 of 25
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i suppose im tunneled vision in thinking faster speed = better.

problem why im so particular about getting components that are as fast as possible (even if the difference is 2-5seconds in performance), is because im playing online mmos. and i want to minimise lags due to loading up other players/surroundings/skills effect.
and also i want to be able to experience the maximum graphic potential.
( at the moment im playing Aion. considering GW2 , c9 and blade and soul. )

and i will be multi tasking quite alot.

sometimes opening 2-3 clients at a go, and leaving them afk to alt tab and surf net - wikipeadia / opening ppt or words for uni work.

In uk, aria would be considered something similar to newegg for usa.

another thing about uk is vat of a whopping 20%! which makes things more expensive. (damn)
Edited by evisu88 - 9/22/12 at 2:28pm
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i suppose im tunneled vision in thinking faster speed = better.
problem why im so particular about getting components that are as fast as possible (even if the difference is 2-5seconds in performance), is because im playing online mmos. and i want to minimise lags due to loading up other players/surroundings/skills effect.
and also i want to be able to experience the maximum graphic potential.
( at the moment im playing Aion. considering GW2 , c9 and blade and soul. )
and i will be multi tasking quite alot.
sometimes opening 2-3 clients at a go, and leaving them afk to alt tab and surf net - wikipeadia / opening ppt or words for uni work.
In uk, aria would be considered something similar to newegg for usa.
another thing about uk is vat of a whopping 20%! which makes things more expensive. (damn)

And price differences due to some market people thinking Euro = USD rolleyes.gif Don't worry, I was taking that into account. I should have a rig spec'd out shortly.
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post #10 of 25
If you dont care about the price of your motherboard then i would say pick the Asus Z77 Maximus V Extreme it may be overkill for a gaming PC so if you care more about value then pick the Asus Z77 Maximus V Formula or even the Asus P8Z77-V Premium is not a bad motherboard
As for RAM 2400 MHz is more or less useless for gaming so pick 1600 or 1866 MHz
For a GTX 680 i vote for the Asus GTX 680 CU II OC card
Last the 3570K is better for gaming then the 3770K
Edited by shilka - 9/22/12 at 2:39pm
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