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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to OCN, and this will be my first PC build. I used Apple almost exclusively, but I want to learn how to build, customize and overclock a system as opposed to getting only what comes out of the box so to speak.

I'm going to get the IB 3770k. I created a thread and a lot of feedback consistently informs me that the Haswell 4770k isn't something to invest in. I like texture rich games, and fast paced games that make high demands on a computer. It'd be great to play Crysis 3 on high settings as well as create machinima. I'll be using this rig for Photoshop and modeling software as well.

A very cool OCN member told me about the ASRock OC Formula motherboard. I love the features, but since I still have a lot of Apple products, I need WiFi and Bluetooth. Even my printer is WiFi and located far from where my PC will be. Unfortunately, the ASRock doesn't have WiFi or Bluetooth. Now since I'm a noob at this, in order to get wifi/bluetooth, does this even need to be on a motherboard or does this activate through Windows 7? I'm a little baffled. I'd like the ASRock OC Formula, but it won't work if I can't access many of my peripherals and tie my devices together with WebDAV.

What are the best Z77 motherboards for overclocking my chip that also have wifi and bluetooth?

Thanks for your suggestions!
Edited by BusterJRT - 6/6/13 at 3:22pm
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you can always buy a wifi/bluetooth add in card. Are you going to run non-windows OS on your new system? like the OS your other system has? Many people do a dual boot and some boards have much better compatibility with this than others, but I don't think we can say what it is on here.
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This will be a Windows PC. I might try Linux but that's down the line. I won't be *paralleling* this pc with the other OS, so no dual boot. How does a bluetooth/add-in work? I was hoping for a noob friendly powerful motherboard for overclocking and performance smile.gif
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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=wifi%2Fbt+card


just google wifi/bt add in card that is easy. You just plug it one of the motherboard's PCI-E slots and then install the drivers after you have installed windows.
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Sin0822 is giving you the best information. Most motherboards that do come with Wifi don't come with Bluetooth. Don't worry about the WiFi issue, worry about power phase and how much you plan to overclock. An add in card, like the one shown above, will actually perform better than any of the onboard WiFi options featured on most motherboards.

This board would work perfectly for you: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
Edited by sbdblyss - 6/6/13 at 6:15pm
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I never knew this. So get the ASRock OC Formula and use that addin?
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some boards also come with the cards you can add in. but yea its very easy to get wifi/bt in your PC.
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Sin0822 is giving you the best information. Most motherboards that do come with Wifi don't come with Bluetooth. Don't worry about the WiFi issue, worry about power phase and how much you plan to overclock. An add in card, like the one shown above, will actually perform better than any of the onboard WiFi options featured on most motherboards.

This board would work perfectly for you: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

Cool motherboard. A reviewer says the board lacks cpu heatsink fasteners. Can someone explain? Will I need to buy them?
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Cool motherboard. A reviewer says the board lacks cpu heatsink fasteners. Can someone explain? Will I need to buy them?

I will verify that it does come with fasteners as soon as i get to a PC. I believe by "fastener" the reviewer is referring to the socket mount for the heat sink. As this is required in order to use the stock Intel heat sink, I don't see why they would not include it. Also, the OC Formula is a great board as well. I believe both have the 8 + 4 power phase which will benefit your overclocking venture.
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I will verify that it does come with fasteners as soon as i get to a PC. I believe by "fastener" the reviewer is referring to the socket mount for the heat sink. As this is required in order to use the stock Intel heat sink, I don't see why they would not include it. Also, the OC Formula is a great board as well. I believe both have the 8 + 4 power phase which will benefit your overclocking venture.

Thank you Blyss. Much appreciated. I can get the OC Formula and buy the add in card. It sounds from what people are saying that motherboards with wifi/bt aren't necessary maybe even might be overly expensive?

I'm looking at the recommended boards and see they have 6 sata III ports but 4 of those are Marvell ports. For my SSDs I'd only use the intel sata IIIs? I don't know anything about Marvell but am reading mostly terrible reviews on Marvell. When would I even use a Marvell sata III port?

EDIT:

Someone sent me a link to the Gigabyte g.1 sniper m5 and the 4770k. That's beastly! It received overclock3d gold and innovation award. Thing is... and newegg is offering a special price to buy this and the 4770k... is this overkill? I'm not upgrading. This will be my first build. It appears as if this motherboard isn't using Marvell, and I read great things about gigabyte. Suggestions and advice? If it's money well spent that's fine. If it's excessive overspending I'd rather not.
Edited by BusterJRT - 6/7/13 at 6:56am
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