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post #1 of 25
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Yup, finally moving away from my 775 system. I've been out of the game for a while, so I need some recommendations on 1150 motherboards. I've been recommended the Asus Maximus VI Hero, but I was wondering if there was any good competition in that price range that might beat it out?


System specs:

CPU: Intel i5 4670k
Mobo: ???
RAM: 16GB of ???
GPU: Radeon HD6950 2GB (unlocked)
Cooler: CoolerMaster Glacer 240L
PSU: CoolerMaster V850
Case: CoolerMaster HAF XB
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB
HDD: Seagate 3TB + WD 500GB


Also I could use some recommendations on quality >1600MHz RAM. Looking for 16GB.
post #2 of 25
The Hero is a good, solid choice. At the same price you have the Gigabyte Z87X OC, Asus Z87 Pro (the regular version with wifi/bluetooth). The Gigabyte is designed with overclocking features in mind. It only has 6 intel sata ports and no fancy gaming features to speak of. The Asus Z87 Pro is an all around solution if you need to use wifi for your pc. Just below that price range you'll find the Asrock Z87 Extreme 6 a/c, MSI GD 65 gaming and Gigabyte Z87X UD4H. All pretty good in their own right so it's gonna come down to what you need and prioritize in your motherboard. You got some with wifi/bluetooth built in, some with better vrm than others, some have dual ethernet ports, it's all down to what you like. This mushkin set of ram will do the job: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226433 I see you still have that 6950. it holding up well?
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I really like the look of this EVGA board especially because I've had better luck with EVGA customer service - ASUS's is usually great, but I had one horrific cluster that makes me favor EVGA - I do still use ASUS frequently. If you wan't to avoid having to upgrade for a long time again, the Sabertooth boards are also worth the money in my experience (5 year warranty to back it up): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131976 they don't OC the best, they don't look the best, but they tend to last forever.

For RAM, do: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231619 it's 2133MHz (since socket 1366 higher frequency at a 1T command rate is more important to performance than lower CAS latency) and G.Skill RAM works great. I've been using it in computers for years, I haven't gotten a bad stick yet and I haven't had a single stick fail on me yet **knock on wood**

I'll also suggest you switch to the Samsung 840 as it's much faster write speed for less money, with a better warranty. And if you haven't bought that HDD already, pick up a WD Red 3TB instead as they are excellent.
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post #4 of 25
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I already have the Crucial M4 now, I picked it up in early 2012 (two weeks before they dropped from $320 to $220 frown.gif). The 830 at that time was more expensive, and I don't think the 840 was out.


The 6950 is holding up for now, my main bottleneck currently is the CPU. I'll upgrade the GPU later this year maybe.

Hm, I'm not wedded to a given hard drive yet. I want something in the 2-3TB range that won't break the bank. I don't need server class reliability, just a 3 year warranty or so.
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that 6950 was my baby at one time. my brother sold it to you some time before I made this account on here. for a hard drive I usually recommend the Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 (2TB) or PH3300U-1I72 (3TB). they are well reviewed, reliable, come with a 3 year warranty and are generally competitively priced.
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Could not find out what your current CPU was - i have a i5-750 matched with a 7970 - there is some bottleneck but at 4.0 ghz its running pretty fine
    
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post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by soulwrath View Post

Could not find out what your current CPU was - i have a i5-750 matched with a 7970 - there is some bottleneck but at 4.0 ghz its running pretty fine

I have a Core 2 Quad Q9550 OC'd to 3.7GHz. It's a good chip, but she's showing her age.

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that 6950 was my baby at one time. my brother sold it to you some time before I made this account on here. for a hard drive I usually recommend the Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 (2TB) or PH3300U-1I72 (3TB). they are well reviewed, reliable, come with a 3 year warranty and are generally competitively priced.

Ah, yeah, I remember now. Yeah, it's been running smooth. I had to do some tweaking of the fan curve to make the noise manageable, but that's only because I have a crappy Antec Lanboy Air that's 100% mesh. Thanks for the hard drive recommendations!
post #8 of 25
i would just upgrade to the haswell - just call it - or try and wait out for the haswell - e if you cant
    
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I already have the Crucial M4 now, I picked it up in early 2012 (two weeks before they dropped from $320 to $220 frown.gif). The 830 at that time was more expensive, and I don't think the 840 was out.


The 6950 is holding up for now, my main bottleneck currently is the CPU. I'll upgrade the GPU later this year maybe.

Hm, I'm not wedded to a given hard drive yet. I want something in the 2-3TB range that won't break the bank. I don't need server class reliability, just a 3 year warranty or so.

I wasn't sure what-all hardware you had already, so I figured I'd throw a few other things out there. The WD Red is supposed to be a NAS/Data drive. 3 year warranty, more reliable than a green, RAID capable like an RE4, and about as fast as the run-of-the-mill seagate. I've had so many SeaGate drives fail on me that it's not even funny, and since I swapped over to WD the pace I was going through HDDs at has declined substantially. I think I've used 6 or so WD Red drives in various builds to date and everybody (my self, and my two 3TB Reds included) has been issue free.

I NEVER recommend Toshiba or Fujitsu drives because of one simple issue - no dedicated repair utility. SeaGate SeaTools, Western Digital DLG and Hitachi's DFT all allow the drive to fix most read-errors and continue to use the drive (you'll just lose whatever part of a file was on the sectors that were mapped out). There is no such utility for Toshiba or Fujitsu AFAIK; if there's any error, you have to get it replaced. All drives fail - some you're able to fix yourself.
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1TB RE4 2x3TB WD Red LG 10x BD-R Corsair H80i w/push pull 
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Win 7 Ultimate 3x 1920x1080 LG IPS displays. Razer Mass Effect 3 Blackwidow Ultimate Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 
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2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
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post #10 of 25
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I'll be honest. I've never had an HDD failure occur within the lifetime of the drive. I've got a cheap-ass OEM WD 320GB that I've been running since 2007 with no issues. My mechanical hard drives only ever seem to fail after I stop using them and throw them in a box. So mostly just my old IDE drives. In fact, so far I don't think I've had a single SATA based HDD fail on me yet.

Oh, one exception. My OCZ Agility 60GB SSD failed a month out of warranty. But that's OCZ SSDs for you.

Maybe I'm just lucky.
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