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By ConfusedEngie ยท 7 replies
Jul 8, 2014
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  1. Hello, I was just inquiring about the importance of motherboards and how they affect a gaming pc. I've been attempting to build a gaming pc but sadly I have no experience with parts or anything regarding the topic, so lately ive been using a build which has been pre built for me.

    So far the build I have is the following below:
    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 Windforce 4GB
    CPU: i5 4670K
    HSF: TPC 812
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming (Was also wondering if I chose to purchase a MSI Z87 MPOWER, instead would it work? and whats the difference between the two?)
    RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
    Power: SeaSonic M12II SS-650AM 650W

    (Any comments on the build so far would be appreciated)

    Thanks :D! Sorry about so many questions x]
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    They don't affect much unless you're doing more than the standard CPU and single graphics card. Pretty much all mobos have 2x RAM slots, SATA3, and PCIe 2.0 x16 at minimum.
  3. sukiblr

    sukiblr TS Rookie

    I would recommend you try Biostar...some of their newer mobos are great..I tried a Z97 mobo and find it good value for money..
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    The motherboard is always important, but gaming is one of the most intensive applications there is so a MB with quality power delivery/VRM components is critical
    the importance is amplified if you plan to do any overclocking as far as stability, heat dissipation, etc. You probably will be told by many that you need to look for a MB with a high number of 'power phases' more important is the quality of the VRM components so a bit of research goes a long way.
    If you are looking for good value as most folks are, a company that is making some great MB's for a while now both in quality and features is ASROCK. They are making some top shelf MB's.
    as a brief aside, just about everything above applies to the PSU you choose as well. If you skimp on the PSU you are asking for problems with everything from instability to risking other components.
    Good luck with the build :)
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    TBH you don't need particularly nice VRMs to overclock a haswell.
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,974   +74

    I am in full agreement with red1776 pertaining to the PSU. I have seen far too often people laying out serious $ for hardware components but to save some cash they go cheap on the PSU and then they wonder why instability occurs. Think of your power supply as the "backbone" of your system.

    Also, with few exceptions (there are a few), the psu that comes with cases are garbage.
  7. DanOkazaki

    DanOkazaki TS Member

    Best motherboards, for the price (experience.) You have an Intel chip, so I'll ONLY list the Intel boards.
    • ASUS Sabertooth 797 Mark1
    • ASROCK LGA1155
    • MSI Gaming Series
    If you are choosing MSI, don't worry because you are NOT making any mistake. I LOVE MSI products; extremely reliable.

    Stay away from GIGABYTE products. I have experienced nothing, but bad, from them.
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    I agree, but I was on a different point. You can OC on just about anything but bad power delivery is asking for problems and generally one of two things happens:
    You get your 4.8Ghz OC (or whatever) but it does not last long and have problems with heat.
    You don't get nearly as high an overclock and have problems with heat.

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