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Hi, I plan on building an Intel build and kicking my current sig rig down to my wife for family photo stuff.

Im looking for a solid motherboard, for socket 1150, Intel sockets are new to me... bare with me I have been AMD my entire life.

Simple solid over clocking motherboard. Single GPU only, will be purchasing a 970.

Not going DDR4

Will be purchasing an i5 not sure which one since I still dont know much about intel.

Playing video games and hoping to start virtualizing a home lab using Vsphere for work/education

Budget $200 or less.

Any and all Help is much appreciated!!
 

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$200 for mobo, CPU, and DDR? Or $200 total?

Do you want to OC the i5? if so you have like only 2-4 choices.
 

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Sorry for the confusion, I will need CPU and RAM as well, I am merely budgeting $200 for the mobo alone.

Taking suggestions on ram and cpu opinions though!!
 

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The Asus Maximus 7 Hero is on sale at newegg.
 

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I don't think you have to spend $200 for the motherboard alone. I'd suggest putting the leftover towards a nice air cooler, like the NH-D14.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-18 17:35 EST-0500
 

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That is great news! Ya I didnt know what I needed for a good overclocking Intel motherboard. Money saved would go towards a dual rad water cooling loop.
 
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