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Old 08-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need help choosing a motherboard for my build. So far I have the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 mATX and im not sure whether i should change it or not. My budget is 230.
650D Corsair
Front USB3.0 Audio No PSU
XFX 650W XXX Edition
Intel Core i7 4770K Unlocked Quad Core 3.5GHZ Processor
8MB Cache Retail
H100i Corsair Liquid Cooler
Kingston HyperX Blu Black Series
MSI GeForce GTX 770 OC Twin Frozr IV
2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E 3.0 Video Card
(BB41) Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5in 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid StateDrive
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
(AA63) Samsung SH-224DB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black [
nGear USB 3.0 ack [NG-35INT-CR-USB3]
Corsair Air Series SP120
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Need Help Choosing Motherboard

This didn't need a new thread regarding the same rig.

You don't need such an expensive motherboard. Since this is a gaming rig, you don't need the 4770k either, as HT is useless for games. You can get an ASRock Extreme4 Z87, 4670k, and be able to get a 4GB 770 with the saved cash.

The other things I would change.
PSU - Seasonic or Corsair 650w. HX650 or X Series 650w.
H100i isn't needed unless heavy overclocking will be done. In which, it isn't necessary for todays games and won't be for some time. If you want silence, the H60 would suffice with some quality fans like Scythe Gentle Typhoons.

You should also change the SSD to a Corsair Neutron GTX, Force GT, or Samsung 840pro. The Crucial M4s lack IOPS and write sequential compared to those.

The SP120s can be rather noisy if not contained by some form of fan controller. That's why I mentioned the Scythe Gentle Typhoons before.

Finally, is the nGear box necessary when the front of the case has 2 USB3 ports, and certain motherboards have 4 in the back?
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Need Help Choosing Motherboard

EDIT: when you said your budget was 230, i thought it was a typo and you meant $2300... soooo.... yea... haha. I realized after i re-read your post that 230 was your budget for a mobo. not sure what you budget is for the entire build...

Heres a quick build of what Mguire said and what i think is good also. i went with the Fractal Arc Midi R2, i have this case, i love it. i have worked with both the Corsair 650D and the fractal, and for $50 cheaper, the fractal is a better case across the board. Mguire likes AsRock, i like MSI for the mother board, just my preference. Instead of a H100i like you wanted, i went with a Swiftech H220, which absolutely DEMOLISHES the H100i in every way. it also comes with much better fans, so you wont need to buy different ones. Finnaly for the graphics card, you had a ton of room left in your budget, so i went with pretty much the best thing there is, a GTX 780. The AMD 7990 is on sale right now if you want to go with that for $770, they are not making these anymore so if thats what you want, i suggest you buy it like now. If you want to get a 7990 id suggest bumping up the psu a bit more.

Case: $100
Arc Midi R2
Fractal Design Arc MIDI R2 Tower Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PS Fan Controller & Front USB3.0

Mobo: $115
MSI Z87-G41
MSI Z87-G41 ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 4K HDMI CrossFireX USB3.0 Motherboard

cpu: $240
4670K
Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Quad Core 3.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail

Memory: $68
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8gig
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

PSU: $110
HX650
Corsair Professional Series HX650 650W ATX 12V 87A 24PIN ATX 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply

Graphics card: $720
MSI GeForce GTX 780 OC Twin Frozr IV
MSI GeForce GTX 780 OC Twin Frozr IV 954/1006MHZ Boost 3GB GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

SSD: $145
Samsung 840 pro
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

cooler: $150
Swiftech H220
Swiftech H220 Quiet Power PLUG-AND-PLAY Liquid Cooling System 4 Pin 2x 120MM Fans 3/8 Fitting

Total: $1648 CAD
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In his other thread he said it was being built for him, and the Swiftech H220 has halted sales in the US due to a patent claim from Asetek.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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which doesn't apply here being that he lives in Canada
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It's currently under pre-order on the site you linked and is also out of stock at Newegg.ca
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