So I don't know much about motherboards...

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#1 Posted by soldine (1980 posts) -

Ok so i'm upgrading my computer the day after tomorrow. I'm going to have an intel 3770k i7 (which I want to overclock to about 4.0 - 4.5 Ghz), 16 GB RAM (Or should I stick with 8?) and a GTX 690. With this setup in mind could someone please explain the difference between the following two motherboards: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131974. Also, is 16 GB RAM necessary or is * alright for gaming standards.

#2 Posted by ionusX (25712 posts) -
#4 Posted by soldine (1980 posts) -

8gb is MORE than sufficient

and this:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

is the board you want

also dont get a gtx 690 unless its used and for a reasonable price. gtx 780 is superior for cheaper

ionusX
Thanks, your ram statement is happily noted. Ah and actually the 690 is the only component I already possess, so I'm doing more of a CPU upgrade. I suppose that board wont have any problems overclocking the 3770k? Thanks again!
#5 Posted by mastershake575 (8348 posts) -
#6 Posted by JimmyJumpy (2554 posts) -

The difference between the two boards you linked to is a different processor: socket 1155 versus the new socket 1150 (Sandy/Ivy bridge versus Haswell)

Keep in mind that the MSI board only has 6 SATA/SAS connectors which limits your amount of SSD/hard disks. If you have two DVD/BluRay ROM then it's just 4 hard drives...

#7 Posted by metacritical (2534 posts) -
#8 Posted by soldine (1980 posts) -

[QUOTE="mastershake575"]

The motherboard is good but the price is weird. The MSI G45 Gaming edition has the same overclocking features/dual card support but for alot less money http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130687

metacritical

the more expensive one allows 3-way crossfire

So I will still be able to dual crossfire unhindered with the MSI board? Oh and as a sidenote, how much will the jump in performance from a 2.8 - 3.2 ghz i5 quad to a 4.0 - 4.5 ghz i7?

#9 Posted by ionusX (25712 posts) -

[QUOTE="metacritical"][QUOTE="mastershake575"]

The motherboard is good but the price is weird. The MSI G45 Gaming edition has the same overclocking features/dual card support but for alot less money http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130687

soldine

the more expensive one allows 3-way crossfire

So I will still be able to dual crossfire unhindered with the MSI board? Oh and as a sidenote, how much will the jump in performance from a 2.8 - 3.2 ghz i5 quad to a 4.0 - 4.5 ghz i7?

not worth it.. the 3570k or 4670k (smae thing basically) are WAYYYYYYYYYYYY MORE than what u need for todays games. sh!t my core i7 is more than what you need now and probably in the future. i think one days it will just not matter what cpu u have we will be so far ahead of the curve there. like ram is atm :P

#10 Posted by soldine (1980 posts) -

Ok so I currently have a 2.67 Ghz i5 750 Quad with a Gigabyte H55M-UD2H motherboard. Is the upgrade I described not worth it? I'm also wondering if the 690 could be fully utilized by the current motherboard. The main reason i'm doing all this is because my current system absolutely tanks while playing Far Cry 3, dipping below 30 FPS when maxed out with a GTX690 way more than often.

#11 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -
[QUOTE="mastershake575"]

The motherboard is good but the price is weird. The MSI G45 Gaming edition has the same overclocking features/dual card support but for alot less money http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130687

metacritical
the more expensive one allows 3-way crossfire

And it can also pump a lot more power to the CPU...
#12 Posted by ionusX (25712 posts) -

Ok so I currently have a 2.67 Ghz i5 750 Quad with a Gigabyte H55M-UD2H motherboard. Is the upgrade I described not worth it? I'm also wondering if the 690 could be fully utilized by the current motherboard. The main reason i'm doing all this is because my current system absolutely tanks while playing Far Cry 3, dipping below 30 FPS when maxed out with a GTX690 way more than often.

soldine

really? i laugh playing fc3. my cpu is the same socket as yours

#13 Posted by soldine (1980 posts) -

[QUOTE="soldine"]

Ok so I currently have a 2.67 Ghz i5 750 Quad with a Gigabyte H55M-UD2H motherboard. Is the upgrade I described not worth it? I'm also wondering if the 690 could be fully utilized by the current motherboard. The main reason i'm doing all this is because my current system absolutely tanks while playing Far Cry 3, dipping below 30 FPS when maxed out with a GTX690 way more than often.

ionusX

really? i laugh playing fc3. my cpu is the same socket as yours

 

Which is why I feel the percieved need to upgrade something....

#14 Posted by soldine (1980 posts) -

So to upgrade or not, will there be any performance increase?