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Hello friends, finally i'm about to buy my New High End Pc. I live in Southamerica and I'm goin to buy everything from amazon.com USA. I decided to go almost every component from Corsair and Intel ( 4770K or 3770K or 3930K, still deciding) , except of course Motherboard and Video Card.

ASUS VS GIGABYTE (Motherboard)

I like very much Asus motherboards (ROG high end series) , they overclock as hell and their wifi-go is a nice feature , but their prices are a bit higher than Gigabyte and according to many buyers reviews their customer support and RMA politics just sucks. Also i read that their products are not as good as they used to be, Asus motherboards come with memory slots malfunctions and broken pins, this scare me since i don't know if warranty avoid if i live outside USA where i bougth it.

Gigabyte in the other hands have good looking products as all green-black Sniper 5 and since i can read they are build like a tank, custoemers seems more happy with them and RMA process (if needed) is quite fast. However i never had a gigabyte before, and in my mind Asus is just superior plus they don't OC so well neither have WI-FI integred just a wifi card to be installed.



EVGA vs ASUS (Video Card)

On video cards, is the same question, i would love to own a ROG black-red GTX 780 with Backplate but if it result damage some point in its life i won't have many chances to RMA. Meanwhile EVGA customer support is just amazing, and indeed their warranty cover my country so i would be able to claim RMA if ever need it, but EVGA cards don't look so good as ROG ASUS, and they don't bring backplate, i can buy backplate but is a hassle and more wasting $$.


Anyway the stettical combination i like more is:

* ASUS ROG MOBO + ASUS ROG GTX 780 with Black Plate (Red Black Theme)

or

* GIGABYTE SNIPER MOBO + EVGA GTX 780 REFERENCE Green Letters (Green Black Theme)


Everything will be installed inside Corsair AIR 540 for the showcase.

I hope you can give me opinions on these considerations.
Edited by Sujeto 1 - 8/15/13 at 6:51pm
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Up! really need advice, sorry for my english if it's bad
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Would like all your specs smile.gif

Though no matter what you choose of mainboard I think you will be happy. Really depends on how many features you need.
On the GPU side I like EVGA cards more than Asus. You can always buy a backplate from evga's homepage
    
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It all comes down to preference really. Do you want feature rich boards with good overclocking or a stellar overclocker?

Mobo/CPU: If you can wait, I would get the Ivy-E 4930k. It will be about the same price as the 3930k but will have a little bit better performance (5-10%). Both are on the 2011 socket so no problem there. The Rampage IV Extreme (RIVE) is one of the best selling 2011 boards ever. If you go x79, I would get that. If you want go 1150 socket, I would suggest the 4770k. If you do any kind of multi-tasking or need multi-threading than that is your go to.

For the z87 boards, the G.1 Sniper 5 is fantastic. Has pretty much everything you could ask for, dedicated audio with the op-amp technology (allows for switching of the operational audio, for different sound signatures), integrated 802.11AC wifi and a great overclocker. For Asus, stay away from the Maximus VI Extreme. It got poor overclocking results and this informative (and long!) review should tell you everything you need to know about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DtZDcMrps

As for GPU, I would go EVGA all the way. Asus has had historically terrible RMA service and their DCU-II card isn't as powerful as EVGA's Classified.

My recommendation:

z87 chipset: G.1 Sniper with EVGA Classy

x79 chipset: RIVE with EVGA Classy & waterblock or the 780 DCU-II if you need colors to match

Hope that helps!thumb.gif
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I am in a fairly good position to give you advice on both motherboard and GPU as I have both Asus and Gigabyte motherboards and also both EVGA and ASUS GPUs

Motherboard
I will give you my anecdotal experience and you can extrapolate from it what you will. I used both Gigabyte and Asus motherboard for both Z68 and X79. Sorry I can't yet go into too much detail but I would advise anybody to go with Asus every time. (though I quite like the Gigabyte UP5) The Asus bios is just so much better implemented. Just one point to aid my case. I had one of Gigabytes flagship motherboards in the X79 Assassin 2. The latest official bios for that board as of me writing this message is a beta bios from November last year. (and this is not because it's stable!) The Asus X79 Sabertooth is from last month.

GPU
I currently have both an Asus and EVGA GTX670. Though you have great support with the EVGA and a transferable lifetime warranty, I would go with the Asus because it is quieter and it will match the Asus motherboard you WILL get. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by ZBoneCapone View Post

It all comes down to preference really. Do you want feature rich boards with good overclocking or a stellar overclocker?

Mobo/CPU: If you can wait, I would get the Ivy-E 4930k. It will be about the same price as the 3930k but will have a little bit better performance (5-10%). Both are on the 2011 socket so no problem there. The Rampage IV Extreme (RIVE) is one of the best selling 2011 boards ever. If you go x79, I would get that. If you want go 1150 socket, I would suggest the 4770k. If you do any kind of multi-tasking or need multi-threading than that is your go to.

For the z87 boards, the G.1 Sniper 5 is fantastic. Has pretty much everything you could ask for, dedicated audio with the op-amp technology (allows for switching of the operational audio, for different sound signatures), integrated 802.11AC wifi and a great overclocker. For Asus, stay away from the Maximus VI Extreme. It got poor overclocking results and this informative (and long!) review should tell you everything you need to know about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DtZDcMrps

As for GPU, I would go EVGA all the way. Asus has had historically terrible RMA service and their DCU-II card isn't as powerful as EVGA's Classified.

My recommendation:

z87 chipset: G.1 Sniper with EVGA Classy

x79 chipset: RIVE with EVGA Classy & waterblock or the 780 DCU-II if you need colors to match

Hope that helps!thumb.gif

Indeed, but what is the point to have such of great boards if they won't honour the warranty and will misstreat buyers. That's what stop me from buy ASUS.
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Indeed, but what is the point to have such of great boards if they won't honour the warranty and will misstreat buyers. That's what stop me from buy ASUS.

It's a give and take. Asus makes great products but their service is lacking. EVGA also makes great products (except their x79 p68 mobos) and their customer service is fantastic. There are many that swear by either company so it all comes down to preference and brand loyalty.

If nothing else, do your research into the features of each board and GPU that you want and decide from their. You may have an awesome experience with either Asus or EVGA.
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