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Hello everyone,

I'm new to these forums as well as PC building in general.

At the moment, I am planning to build a 2,500 - 3,500$ rig (within the next month or so), but I am having a bit of difficulty deciding on parts, particularly the motherboard.

I am thinking of going with Asus Maximus VI Formula, but I'm not really sure whether I would be buying it for looks alone, or if it really is the best choice for me. One thing I really want to avoid is being suckered into getting parts which aren't necessarily the best, but look good, or have "gaming" stuck to their name. Although I am fine with overspending on looks (within reason), but only if I am not losing out on performance.

Because I don't know much about this sort of thing and have never built a computer before, I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for here.

Basically the goal for the rig is to be the best possible machine I can build, without throwing away money for no reason or "just cuz" (i.e x4 1TB SSDs or 64 GB RAM).

Some other mobos I've already looked at are: Asus Sabertooth Z87 and Asus Z87-Pro. I am also considering going with i7 - 4930k instead of the 4770k, so some LGA 2011 suggestions would be cool too.

Relevant Information:

- This build will be used primarily for gaming, as well as relatively light editing

- The resolution I will be using is 2560 x 1440p (Asus PB278Q 27-inch LED - already owned)

- I will likely not be overclocking too much in the near future

- The build as it is now http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dH4X (Replace the GPU with the newly announced 780 Ti Matrix, it's not on the parts list yet)

- If you need any other information, please let me know

PS: I really wanted to get advice on the rig in general, but was unable to find a forum section that made sense for such a topic, so I decided to just go with the part I am most confused about... So if there is such a thing, please let me know!

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 9
Z97 and new processors are coming out in a few months. I highly urge you to wait till they are released before spending money on Z87.

Now for your build.

1. For the love of god do not spend 350 dollars on overpriced corsair money. You can get the same quality with G. Skill for more then half the price

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231671

2. For that resolution i would go with something like a 290. If you're not overclocking you dont need a matrix

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-290-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-GAMING/dp/B00HPS4AFG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395411457&sr=8-1&keywords=R9+290

3. Dont waste your money on W7. Get W8.1 and use a program to make it look like Windows 7. I use Start8. Behaves just like 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416776

4. I would ditch the H105 and get an XSPC kit

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21235/ex-wat-270/XSPC_Raystorm_750_EX240_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g59c683s2174

5. I would simply get a nice 500GB SSD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147249
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post #3 of 9
You might want to do what he said and wait.
Oh and you REALLY do not need to spend $350 on 16GB(4x4) of Dominator platinum memory at 2133mhz, you can get a 16gb 2133mhz kit for $150, unless you are going for some look(in which case stay puft's suggestion for g.skill but go with TridentX is even better since it looks better (red on red)).

Also perhaps even just got with 2 sticks for 16gb, you are more likely to have better compatibility, however for OC ability, 4 sticks would be better as lower density modules tend to OC further.
Edited by Sin0822 - 3/23/14 at 4:28pm
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Thanks for the advice guys.

I'm not really sure I want to be waiting that long for new releases. Won't there always be something to wait for?

Neither of you seem to like the Corsair Ram. Is it just because of the price tag, or do they actually have some sort of a bad reputation within this community? I only went with them because I like the way it looks, and for the sake of consistency.

Also, I've been looking around and, isn't 2133 REALLY overkill for gaming? Not really sure what that much memory does outside of some hardcore editing.

Any thoughts on dropping a step below and getting 1866?
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Thanks for the advice guys.

I'm not really sure I want to be waiting that long for new releases. Won't there always be something to wait for?

Neither of you seem to like the Corsair Ram. Is it just because of the price tag, or do they actually have some sort of a bad reputation within this community? I only went with them because I like the way it looks, and for the sake of consistency.

Also, I've been looking around and, isn't 2133 REALLY overkill for gaming? Not really sure what that much memory does outside of some hardcore editing.

Any thoughts on dropping a step below and getting 1866?

You'd really spend 200 more dollars for slower ram because it looks better? lachen.gif
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What amazed me is how I made my G.Skill ARES 2 x 8 GB 1866 MHz OC'd to 2400 MHz. Not sure if a mid-range Corsair ram would be capable of that. Modules only cost me $200
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post #7 of 9
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You'd really spend 200 more dollars for slower ram because it looks better? lachen.gif

Why not? I mean, if i'm going to spend 2,500$+ on a system, I would like it to look good. Like I said in the original post, I don't mind overpaying for looks / brand provided the performance doesn't suffer.

Also, according to Newegg, the Platinums are roughly ~85$ more expensive, not 200$. Sounds reasonable to me, considering how much better they will look (LED's etc.) in the case.

However, if you think that the G. Skill perform better / are higher quality than the Corsair, then I am definitely not going with the Platinums.

By the way Puft,I meant to ask last time, why are you suggesting going with W8? What are the benefits (especially if you're using Start 8)?
post #8 of 9
Go with the doninator platinums then they are really nice looking I used to have the 2666c10 one in my main rig . I think you can perhaps also buy different light bars for them.
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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

Go with the doninator platinums then they are really nice looking I used to have the 2666c10 one in my main rig . I think you can perhaps also buy different light bars for them.

Thanks. I actually changed my build up a bit (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eqji if interested), so I think the normal white LED's will fit nicely.
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