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Hi everyone as you can probably see I'm brand new here and I need some personalized advice to help finish my build. This is my first time doing this so I'm a noob, but I've spent the past week reading into this stuff. This is going to be a gaming PC. You can see it here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3d0iL

Here's a quick break down:
CPU: i7-4770K
CPU fan: Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 770 4gb
RAM: Trident X 2x4gb 2400/10
(God help me if someone tells me to get 1600s. I've read around the internet and on Tom's Hardware people were telling me to go for higher freq because "Haswells like higher freq" and "you get more bandwidth", also I can remove the tops to make them low profile)
HDD: 1TB 7200rpm 64mb cache WD Black
OD: Asus 24 DVD/RW

I need a LGA 1150 mobo. I've found 3 contenders so far that have been recommended in other forums I've lurked on around the web. As far as I can tell (again I'm new so I might be wrong) all of these all meet my requirements and I'll be able to OC and SLI with them. (Although I won't be doing either for a while)
-ASRock Z87 Extreme4
-ASUS Z87-A LGA
-MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

I've heard both good an bad things about all of these so its hard for me to pick. Again as someone who's not experienced, I don't see why I would need to spend more. I want a mobo that's reliable and has good sound and nic. Can anyone help me choose between these, or advise something else (preferably in the same price range). I've also seen a recommendation for MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming but again I ask is it worth the extra money?
P.S. (Click to show)
You may have noticed I don't currently have a PSU or case. I've been looking at EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650 G and CORSAIR RM650*. I've look at PSU "tiers" on newegg, tomshardware, and this site and I've found some inconsistencies, so I'm not ready to trust those 100%. However this recommends the EVGA and THW ranks the RM series as tier 2. I'd like to hear some advice on this as well

As far as cases go, I'd like something with good ventilation and dust protection, and 3 people on THW recommended me this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352021
Although I am considering it, is there anything that's a bit nicer to look at? I've also heard the GTX 770 is a big card, should I be concerned when picking cases or will any ATX mid do?

*The RM750 is currently on sale for the same price, so I'd probably get that so I could still use it for future builds and mods
post #2 of 3
Yeah, with everything you might get a faulty unit so knock on wood. Personally I'd stick with Asus or MSI they've been good to me. For PSU look at the Rosewill Capstone series or the Cooler Master V series. Most people buy Corsair for the name but I'd rather buy the PSU for quality. If you're really that worried about PSU ask in the PSU section. Usually Phaedrus or shilka is lurking in there. There's not a lot of OEM PSU makers out there I can only remember SuperFlower, CWT (Channel Well Technology), Seasonic, HEC and I don't remember anything else. Most of the big name brands out there get most of their stuff made from the OEMs anyways as brand is meaningless. As for that Corsair RM650 I don't know who makes it, the better performing Corsair PSUs are made by Seasonic anyways.

Only way to know for sure is to check the UL code or 80 Plus certifications. Check HardwareSecrets guide, a lot of good info there about power supplies:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/370

Don't be blinded by brand loyalty, on the lower end power supplies some of the brands use HEC which is not really known for quality. My advice is don't cheap out on the power supply.
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Intel i7 6700K Batch #L535B021 4.7Ghz @ 1.296V GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 EVGA Geforce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ G.SKILL TridentZ 16GB DDR4 3000 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB  Crucial BX100 250 GB SanDisk SSDPlus 240 GB NZXT Kraken X61  
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CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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I've been doing a lot of looking since I posted this and I'm learning towards the Asus, to the point where I did add it to my list, but I could be swayed to the MSI still. I've also heard good things about Gigabyte but nothing that will radically change my decision. As far as the PSUs go, those were ones I found from newegg. They had good reviews on the site and they are well ranked on the multiple tier lists. I'm definitely still open to discussion on that but like you suggested I'll probably start a thread in the PSU topic. I just added it in case anyone wanted to throw in an opinion.
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