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So im looking to spend~ 200$ on a mobo that will be great for gaming and OC with a i5 4670k in mind.

I've looked at a couple of reviews and know about a least 3-4 good candidates. But since i'm not experienced at all with OCing, I've been lost on the feature set on these mobos that will justify their price point over the competition.

So far @~200, there's
Maximus vi Hero
MSI - MPower
MSI G65-Gaming
Gigabyte UD4H


I wouldn't mind spending a little more or less. Help appreciated!

Also, is there any reason to spend ~250 - 300 on a motherboard? I was originally looking at Maximus vi Formula and ASROCK OC formula. But thought that I might not be able to take full advantage of their feature set and will just end up wasting money. I would love you guy's personal opinions on this.
Edited by Ishmaelsonata - 1/11/14 at 6:48am
post #2 of 10
What do you have already?

Welcome to OCN by the way
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post #3 of 10
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heres the build that I've been contemplating: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ztex

none of it is set in stone, will most likely change with better suggestions.
post #4 of 10
PSU is way overkill even for two video cards

All you need for one video card is 550 watts

Unless you A are going to have two cards or B overvolt the one card you have

As for motherboard i would go with a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H or UD4H
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ishmaelsonata View Post

So im looking to spend~ 200$ on a mobo that will be great for gaming and OC with a i5 4670k in mind.

I've looked at a couple of reviews and know about a least 3-4 good candidates. But since i'm not experienced at all with OCing, I've been lost on the feature set on these mobos that will justify their price point over the competition.

So far @~200, there's
Maximus vi Hero
MSI - MPower
MSI G65-Gaming
Gigabyte UD4H


I wouldn't mind spending a little more or less. Help appreciated!

Also, is there any reason to spend ~250 - 300 on a motherboard? I was originally looking at Maximus vi Formula and ASROCK OC formula. But thought that I might not be able to take full advantage of their feature set and will just end up wasting money. I would love you guy's personal opinions on this.

OCing has more to do with your personal CPU in how well it OCs, your mobo is less of a factor. Any of those that you listed is a great board. Just pick the brand you prefer with the features the board comes with and be done with it thumb.gif
 
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WD 500 GB 5200 RPM Windows 7 24" LCD 1080p Microsoft Digital Media Pro 
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750W Antec Xion Black w/ Blue LED 
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intel i7-4770K (recently purchased, exempt) ASUS maximus VI hero (recently purchased, exempt) GIGABYTE R9 290 (extra: another r9 290 for late... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 213... 
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post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
@ shilka

I'm going to do some overclocking on the GPU, nothing too huge though. I was debating between a 550 vs 850, basically getting exactly what my system needs vs future-proofing. I've primarily readreviews on psu from techpowerup and most of the high rated 550w psu cost pretty close to the 860ax and that pretty much made my decision. I'll look more into the ud4h, its been getting pretty good reviews,

@krisz, thanks for the advice, that makes things easier for me.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ishmaelsonata View Post

@ shilka

I'm going to do some overclocking on the GPU, nothing too huge though. I was debating between a 550 vs 850, basically getting exactly what my system needs vs future-proofing. I've primarily readreviews on psu from techpowerup and most of the high rated 550w psu cost pretty close to the 860ax and that pretty much made my decision. I'll look more into the ud4h, its been getting pretty good reviews,

@krisz, thanks for the advice, that makes things easier for me.

Cooler Master V850 is a better option then the AX860

its based on the same Seasonic KM3 platform as the AX860

But its been improved so the coil whine is pretty much gone

it also has a bigger fan thats better made and more quiet

Last the V850 is cheaper then the AX860 so the it would make zero sense to go with the AX860

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171079
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Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
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Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S Windows 7 64 Bit 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S Windows 7 64 Bit 
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Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone EMP Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
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Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 Dali Opticon Vokal x2 Dali Opticon 2 
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post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Cooler Master V850 is a better option then the AX860

its based on the same Seasonic KM3 platform as the AX860

But its been improved so the coil whine is pretty much gone

it also has a bigger fan thats better made and more quiet

Last the V850 is cheaper then the AX860 so the it would make zero sense to go with the AX860

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171079

nice recommendation! What about for a 550w psu?
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ishmaelsonata View Post

nice recommendation! What about for a 550w psu?

Seasonic G series or the new fully modular version of it the XFX XTR

Only thing thats better is the semi modular Cooler Master V series or the VS series as its also known

But its not sold in the US yet
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LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S Windows 7 64 Bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone EMP Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
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post #10 of 10
This is better build in general
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zvJ4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zvJ4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zvJ4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige 60.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($180.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1574.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 12:08 EST-0500)
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