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post #11 of 31
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a motherboard is basically the frame for you to build your computer inside... the better the mobo, the more possibilities for your computer... not to mention overclocking...

So what is the difference in performance between the -v and -v lk
post #12 of 31
When searching for motherboard, search terms like "overclocking motherboard", "gaming motherboard" ,etc. If you don't know how the motherboard affects performance, you have lots of homework to do. Look around at some of the threads in here, you will start to see certain motherboard and/or motherboard specs come up again and again.

Take the time and do your research! I know you want to get started, but do your homework now so 6 months from now AFTER you have learned what all those specs and numbers and mhz's mean you won't be kicking yourself "why did I buy this piece of crap?"
post #13 of 31
The obvious stuff in motherboards is support for components. It basically dictates CPU, RAM, type and number of expansion cards, type and number of hard drives, etc. That's the obvious stuff, get a motherboard that supports the hardware you want.

The non-obvious stuff is overclocking, stability, ease of use, BIOS, and things like that. A better board designed for overclocking will have better heatsinks and a better power delivery system. That leads to more overclocking potential and more stability/reliability. The BIOS is the low level software interaction, so a better BIOS also means better stability, and a better BIOS will have more options/features and be easier to use.

As for cost, the 7950 is more affordable and the performance difference isn't that big. The 7950 is probably the best bang for you buck card right now. Also like other said, you can get a smaller PSU unless you want the ability to crossfire. You can get cheaper RAM, as long as you keep the same amount the performance difference isn't that big either. I generally say get enough to do what you need, speed and timings are secondary.
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When searching for motherboard, search terms like "overclocking motherboard", "gaming motherboard" ,etc. If you don't know how the motherboard affects performance, you have lots of homework to do. Look around at some of the threads in here, you will start to see certain motherboard and/or motherboard specs come up again and again.

Take the time and do your research! I know you want to get started, but do your homework now so 6 months from now AFTER you have learned what all those specs and numbers and mhz's mean you won't be kicking yourself "why did I buy this piece of crap?"

So do you have any suggestions for this build? And i will go research right now smile.gif
post #15 of 31
haha if theres one thing you want to invest the most in, thats the mobo.. because parts will change but your mobo will last you for a very long time... if you have the money i would go with the asrock z77 oc formula.... thats a monster and will last you a long time... not to mention the upgrading possibilities...
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haha if theres one thing you want to invest the most in, thats the mobo.. because parts will change but your mobo will last you for a very long time... if you have the money i would go with the asrock z77 oc formula.... thats a monster and will last you a long time... not to mention the upgrading possibilities...

OMG!!! Im sorry but i dont have that kind of money ! wink.gif
post #17 of 31
then go do some research... look around OCN and dont forget that ebay is a really good friend of everybodys haha...
post #18 of 31
I've stuck with ASUS motherboards for the past, what, 10 years? You'll see lots of opinions out there on which brand is "best"...but ASUS has been pretty solid for me. You do NOT need to spend a lot of money on your motherboard (depending on what "a lot" means to you...). I wouldn't spend less than $120 or so, and you can find a great one for less than $175. If you don't know Newegg.com....go there now! Lots of reviews from lots of computer geeks like us. Find a price range you like, and I like to sort by NUMBER of reviews (not the BEST reviews, but the NUMBER...you'll see what I"m talking about)...if a board has lots of reviews, it means lots of people are using it and that means there's lots of information out there about it.

Read the reviews, and if you see lots of people (who seem to know what they're talking about...) talking about "good overclocking options" etc then that is a board to start doing more research about. Don't just depend on the newegg reviews though...use newegg to narrow your list down to 3-4 boards, then just start googling them "motherboard XXXX review overclock gaming".

It's no fun if someone just tells you the "Best Motherboard to Buy"...doing your OWN research will pay off.
post #19 of 31
What do you want to do with the PC? If it is gaming, which games do you plan on playing? This will help determine what hardware you need. What is your budget?
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post #20 of 31
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So what is the difference in performance between the -v and -v lk

For what you will do with it, basically nothing. The more expensive motherboards have additional connectivity (more SATA ports, more USB ports, Thunderbolt, that kind of stuff), but pretty much any $120+ Z77 motherboard will be able to overclock a Sandy or Ivy CPU to the limit of what the chip can handle on air or AIO water cooling. Don't get wrapped up in power phases and overclocking features because they don't provide any significant practical benefits for "standard" overclocking. There is no reason to spend $200 on a motherboard unless you plan to do some custom water cooling, or need something that only that board provides.

Other good options are the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H (my recommendation).
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