Need mobo direction for new build 9700K or maybe 9900K
Hey guys time to start looking for an upgrade to my seriously aging 4790K and Maximus VII Formula build. I'm looking at either a 9700K or 9900K due to the single thread performance which I still need for old stuff like Microsoft Flightsim X which seriously depends on max single thread performance to do well. I'm really lost on where to even start looking for boards this time though. Last time the field was seriously narrowed by wanting built in wifi and needing sound with built in headphone amp. I don't need EITHER of those this time around though. I want the capability to overclock but won't be planning on doing anything extreme though I may eventually go full water and try to push it a bit down the road just for fun. I don't do SLI so that's not concern either.
As long as the brand/model is reliable and the brand has pretty good customer service and driver updates I'm open. I was thinking of EVGA's Z390 FTW since I've run their boards before but it's been a while and I know they had some pretty bad products for a while in that segment. I'm on Asus now and it's been ok other than a notable lack of real updates not too far in. I haven't used Gigabyte before though I've always heard good things. Trying to keep the board cost around or under 200 if possible but really don't want to go much/any past 250 if it can be helped. Especially since I'm not looking for the extra wifi or high end sound goodies like headphone amps.
ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero
EVGA RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Hydro Copper
Samsung 970 Evo Plus
Samsung 860 Evo
Seasonic Prime Ultra
Aquacomputer Cuplex Kryos NEXT AM4 Acetal/Copper
Alphacool ST30 360mm Rad V.2
Alphacool Eisbecher D5 150mm Res
Aquacomputer D5 PWM
Barrow G1/4 fittings
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe 2
Win10 Pro 64bit
Steelseries M750 TKL
Ducky Shine 5 MX Brown
Steelseries Rival 700
Steelseries QCK Limited
Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
Schiit Magni 2 Uber
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Last edited by flyinion; 01-16-2019 at 02:03 PM.