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    I'm pretty new at building my own pc and I started doing research on motherboards first. The one I'm looking at now is the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard. Does anyone have any thoughts on this motherboards or any other good ones? Since I'm building my first pc I wouldn't mind spending some money so if you have any thoughts don't hesitate because of price.
    More questions to follow.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Building New Computer

    Also, thinking about getting this CPU:

    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

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    • #3
      Re: Building New Computer

      Sounds like you're going with a Sandy Bridge platform for your new PC and that's a great place to start for a high end gaming PC. I personally always choose Asus motherboards, but the Maximus IV motherboard you mentioned is overkill and offers fancy extras that most people will never use. You could save a lot of money by going with a different, yet still high end, motherboard such as the Asus P8Z68-V Pro. It has Sata 6Gbps, USB 3, same excellent UEFI BIOS and just about all the overclocking features that you could possibly want and it costs $140 cheaper than the Maximus IV.

      Core i7-2600K is the top of the line Sandy Bridge processor yet still costs a reasonable $300 so you can't go wrong there. The Core i5-2500K is also worth looking at since it offers roughly ~95% of the performance of the 2600K yet costs 1/3 less.

      You should also tell us what games you play or plan on playing and what kind of budget you have to fill out the rest of the PC.
      "Looking for brahs to come fight crime with me" - Unload



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      • #4
        Re: Building New Computer

        Perfect I will look into what you mentioned. Also, I have no real limit on my budget and plan on spending a pretty penny since I've always wanted to create a PC. I will ofcourse save on unnecessary things if I can. I play mostly FPS which will included BF3, RPG's and RTS games.

        I do plan on running 2x gtx 480's as of right now. This is subject to change with additional advice given here. Will this Mobo support SLI? Sorry I'm new to this and will have my friend TheNailer help me put this together since you guys gave him some advice in another thread. His came out great btw.

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        • #5
          Re: Building New Computer

          I believe all Z68-based motherboards, which includes both Asus boards, support SLI and Crossfire. Do you already have one or two GTX 480's to start with? If not, I would suggest you look at a GTX 580 instead since it is the newer, faster, cooler running version of the GTX 480. I would also suggest that you start with just one GTX 580 and go from there. It's a lot of video card and can handle just about every current game at the highest settings. SLI setups can be a pain because they are noisier, draw a ton of power, put off a lot of heat which sucks in the Summer, and they may limit what you can add to your computer down the road. If you find you want even more power you can always add a second GTX 580 down the road.

          Overall, this is what I would recommend:


          Core i7 2600K or Core i5 2500K
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

          CPU Cooler - Coolermaster Hyper 212
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20hyper%20212

          Motherboard - Asus P8Z68 V-Pro
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...8z68%20v%20pro

          RAM - 8GB DDR3-1600 from a decent brand like Corsair, G.Skill, etc.
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233144

          Video Card - GTX 580
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130587

          SSD or a fast mechanical hard drive for Windows + Games/Apps
          Intel 510 120GB
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167042
          or
          WD Caviar Black 500GB
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795

          Secondary hard drive for everything else - WD Caviar Green 2TB
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136514

          High quality, modular 750W or higher PSU (only because you may go SLI down the road)
          Seasonic x750 Gold-rated PSU
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136514

          Decent Case - Corsair 650D
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...corsair%20650d


          All told that will come out to an expensive $1800 for the total build, but it only includes high-performing, quality components and you said your budget was wide open. It's definitely high end, but at the same time none of the components are over the top.

          If you want to cut down on the price though, you can go with the Core i5 2500k, GTX 560 TI, a cheaper power supply and a cheaper case to save you around $500 or so bringing the total cost down to around $1300.
          "Looking for brahs to come fight crime with me" - Unload



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          • #6
            Re: Building New Computer

            Much appreciated Voodoo. The stuff you listed came out to cheaper than what I put together so far. Ofcourse, I didn't to much to begin with anyway, ha.

            Quick question:

            This was the case I was looking at. Would this case cause any compatibility issues?
            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ab=true&Page=3

            And yes I do have 1 gtx 480 already.

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            • #7
              Re: Building New Computer

              Name a larger sample of the games/applications that you would like to have run well.

              Give the resolution of the monitor you plan on playing games on.
              |TG-12th| Namebot

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              • #8
                Re: Building New Computer

                This computer as of right now is only for gaming.

                I would like SC2, Crysis 2, BF3, BC2, Diablo 3, Mass Effect3, Guild Wars 2, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dota 2 and Star Wars The Old Republic to run well.

                I plan on keeping what I have right now which is an Alienware OptX AW2310 23-inch 3D Full HD Widescreen Monitor, 1920 X 1080.

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                • #9
                  Re: Building New Computer

                  I wouldn't recommend the SSD drive unless you plan on replacing it about every 2 years. They may be fast, but they sure don't last. That's about their average lifespan with as much use as they'll see in a gaming rig (which really doesn't differ much from a server in terms of hard drive write/read/seek cycles).

                  A hybrid HDD would be a better choice in my opinion (like the Seagate Momentus XT). The benefit with a hybrid is that it combines flash NAND chips with a typical platter drive. The platters still offer a tremendous amount of storage space while the NAND memory is used solely for caching purposes. Thus after several repeat loadings of programs loading times are significantly improved. Thus Windows and your most played games loads very quickly after only a few times of use. Unlike a SSD, those NAND chips are used nowhere near as heavily so they should last much longer.

                  If you are going with a traditional HDD, I'd spend the little extra and go with a 1 TB WD Black instead of the 500 GB VoodooIT recommended. The extra space will come in handy years from now and the cost between the two drives isn't all that much (~$20).
                  |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                  TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                  Former 9th & 13th

                  Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
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                  SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Building New Computer

                    Would you recommend the hybrid or the 1 TB WD Black?

                    If I planned on taking the 1 TB WD Black would you still recommend getting the Secondary hard drive for everything else - WD Caviar Green 2TB? Or is there no need for both.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Building New Computer

                      Also, can you link the 1 TB WD Black you are refering to?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Building New Computer

                        When it comes down to it: I'd recommend the normal HDDs, so the 1 TB WD Black. Yes, I would recommend a second hard drive for primarily storage (you wouldn't install programs here, just mainly store them -- like a library). The 2 TB WD Green would be an excellent idea. Pretty cheap, lots of space, and low heat (typically operates at 25-30 C).

                        The hybrid drives are great, just that they're so new and I haven't seen one larger than 500 GB. They're also primarily targeted at the notebook sector right now so they're only available in 2.5". So far, only a few companies even have a hybrid out and they're hard to find.
                        |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                        TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                        Former 9th & 13th

                        Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                        Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                        TG Primer and Rules

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                        • #13
                          Re: Building New Computer

                          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

                          or

                          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284

                          Not sure if the cache of 32 or 64 need to be the same as the green.

                          Also, do the SATA 6.0 or 3.0 need to match.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Building New Computer

                            Go with the first one (the SATA 6.0 Gbps). As to SATA III (6.0 Gbps) or SATA II (3.0 Gbps), the SATA III drives are a little faster. You just need to have the proper ports for them. In your case, you don't need to worry if you go with the V-Pro Voodoo suggested. It has 4 of each port.

                            The larger cache sizes usually benefit you when you're moving around large files or large chunks of data.
                            |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                            TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                            Former 9th & 13th

                            Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                            Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                            SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                            TG Primer and Rules

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                            • #15
                              Re: Building New Computer

                              cool. is the case voodoo mentioned good if I decide to OC? Are there enough fans or should I go with a different one?

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