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Hi everyone,

I'm trying to upgrade my 6 years old PC but it has been a long time since I look at hardware so I don't know if I'm making the right choices.
I play some games like GTA:V, CS:GO, LoL, WoW, Hearthstone, Overwatch, etc. I also work in 3D, design and video. These tasks take a lot from the PC as most of you know.

Current build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 2.66Ghz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P6T ATX LGA1366 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card
Case: Lian-Li PC-P50 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 24.0" 144Hz Monitor


New build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card
Case: Lian-Li PC-P50 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 24.0" 144Hz Monitor


Having in consideration that I'm going to buy the i7 6700k am I making the right choices in motherboard and RAM? Could I do better for a little price difference? What do you think about these MSI Enthusiast series motherboards to OC?
I was taking a look at a couple of them but I don't know if this series from MSI is their best for OC (or if ASUS have better motherboards to OC):

- Z170A GAMING M9 ACK
- Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION
- Z170A GAMING M7

I'm trying to make something solid and balanced. I don't need the ultimate top end computer but I like to have a powerful machine to play and work. This system should last at least the next 4 years with a good performance.

Thank you for the help!
Edited by jncunha - 7/29/16 at 3:08am
 
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Keep your new build the way it is. No real sense changing out another motherboard unless your play to use the extra features. Best OC is irrelevant. Just because someone hits an OC with the same board doesn't mean you will. I can vouche for MSI at least here in Canada. RMA center is about 2 hours away from me and I've never had an issue RMA'ing anything.
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Keep your new build the way it is. No real sense changing out another motherboard unless your play to use the extra features. Best OC is irrelevant. Just because someone hits an OC with the same board doesn't mean you will. I can vouche for MSI at least here in Canada. RMA center is about 2 hours away from me and I've never had an issue RMA'ing anything.

I haven't bought any component yet. I only have the old PSU, GPU and case. All the rest will be bought in the next days. That said, would you still maintain this motherboard? I can still change the entire rig.
 
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I haven't bought any component yet. I only have the old PSU, GPU and case. All the rest will be bought in the next days. That said, would you still maintain this motherboard? I can still change the entire rig.

Like I said, unless you plan on using every feature on the board, there is no sense changing it out. Paying extra money for a little extra overclock isn't worth it either.

For instance. The difference between the MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard and the Z170A GAMING M9 ACK is about $180. A quick overview shows that the M9 ACK has AC WIFI, better onboard audio, and the VRM's have fittings for water cooling. Unless you plan to use all of those features, it's waste of $180.

You could even take that extra $180 and jump over to a LGA 2011 v3 build. That would more suit you in the work aspect when you do 3D design and such.

What is your price point? I could send you a 2011 v3 build with just changing out the necessary part and keep all others that you want/need.
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Like I said, unless you plan on using every feature on the board, there is no sense changing it out. Paying extra money for a little extra overclock isn't worth it either.

For instance. The difference between the MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard and the Z170A GAMING M9 ACK is about $180. A quick overview shows that the M9 ACK has AC WIFI, better onboard audio, and the VRM's have fittings for water cooling. Unless you plan to use all of those features, it's waste of $180.

You could even take that extra $180 and jump over to a LGA 2011 v3 build. That would more suit you in the work aspect when you do 3D design and such.

What is your price point? I could send you a 2011 v3 build with just changing out the necessary part and keep all others that you want/need.

I was only going for the LGA 1151 because it would become cheaper to build (I guess). But I'm willing to see a 2011 v3 build too. Since I already have GPU, PSU and case, I'd say that I'd like to spend around 1200$ in the other parts (CPU, RAM, MB, cooler and SSD). My way of thinking was that I would prefer a higher end 1151 system, rather than a medium 2011 v3, but maybe I'm wrong thinking like this.
 
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Keep your current build. Upgrade to a 6 core Xeon, overclock it with a new D15 add 3*4GB DDR3-1866 instead of the current DDR3-1600 3*2GB and a new video card like a 1070.

This is what I'd do. A 6700K setup is good too, but more expensive.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1489955/official-x58-xeon-club
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Keep your current build. Upgrade to a 6 core Xeon, overclock it with a new D15 add 3*4GB DDR3-1866 instead of the current DDR3-1600 3*2GB and a new video card like a 1070.

This is what I'd do. A 6700K setup is good too, but more expensive.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1489955/official-x58-xeon-club

That might be a good option too. Especially having in consideration the price. Now I'm curious to know how much would I spend in a 2011 v3 rig.
 
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That might be a good option too. Especially having in consideration the price. Now I'm curious to know how much would I spend in a 2011 v3 rig.

Just a bit more than a LGA 1151 setup.
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I recommend going with a Xeon as well. I made the switch from an i7-930 to X5670 last year. My system immediately felt smoother. I don't know how else to describe it. The extra on-die cache makes a noticeable difference. Your system will also feel smoother with more memory. You should be able to run up to 48GB with the IMC in a Westmere Xeon.

I was able to achieve a 3.8GHz overclock with my i7-930 and have reached 4.2GHz with my X5670 with lower temperatures while using the same cooler. You likely wouldn't need to replace your cooler either.

If you have your heart set on changing platforms, I'd recommend going X99 over Z170. You would take advantage of the extra cores while still having superb gaming performance. I think you should try out a Xeon first and see if the extra processing power is enough for you. If it isn't, you shouldn't have a problem selling your P6T on this forum.
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The Asus Maximus VIII Impact can support 4 drives just like the MSI Z170A and would overclock slightly better.
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