Need help on picking Mobo/Cpu

By death791 ยท 8 replies
Apr 12, 2014
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  1. So after looking around for a couple weeks I have finally narrowed it down to these two options. By the way this is just a gaming rig only. So heres what I have came up with now consider both mobo/cpu setups they pretty much cost the same which is around the $550 area and are at my highest budget also both boards support 2x 16x PCI-E which would be nice for my dual 7970s.

    First is:
    Intel i7 4770k cpu -
    Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 mobo (currently has a $100 rebate)-

    Second is:
    AMD FX-9590 Vishera Black Edition -
    ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX -

    By the way I forgot to add I have a fully custom watercooling loop with multiple radiators And everything will be powered by a XFX PRO 1250watt PSU so power and cooling is no issue with either setup I decide to go with. Thanks for the help open to any opinions.
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Do you intend to overclock at all is my first question.

    But basically if your just making a gaming rig, the i7 will probably be the better choice for you.
  3. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    I have to agree with Ghost on this, if you are just making a gaming rig, get the i7. If you really want an AMD, I would go with an 8350 over the 9590 (save on money and power consumption), but the i7 4770K is better in many ways.
  4. death791

    death791 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    Yes I will be overclocking for sure, How are the BIOS for gigabyte I have never ran one of their boards before, I usually run msi. In my honest opinion I think the Gigabyte board is a bit nicer then the Asus ROG, as far as on board audio/networking sorta blows me away you can get that board for 240$ right now and it was $400 couple weeks ago.
  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    If you want to overclock, get an i7, the 9590 is already pretty much at a max overclock as is. You will be better off on a gaming rig if you stick with the i7.
  6. Rafael1000

    Rafael1000 TS Rookie


    The link you indicate for the first motherboard doesn't tie in the Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 (it corresponds to the Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3).
    My opinion is that your first choice seems really adequate for your purpose.

    Both choices seems wise, maybe a little expensive in my humble opinion, but if you really want to put that amount in a configuration, the $100 rabate on the Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 seems to be a really nice deal. Furthermore the Intel you choose have good reputation (based on his amazon ratings) and from my point of view, analysing the specifications of the Intel i7 4770k, it seems perfect for your gaming use.

    I hope I have been able to help you,

  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Sniper Z87 is a way better deal at ~$170.
  8. Nduri

    Nduri TS Rookie

    Since it's a gaming rig, and not used for HD video editing or 3d rendering, you may want to save another $100 and go with the i5 4670k. You will get a comparable gaming experience and possibly have some money for more fans for that video card setup ;)
  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I'd agree... While the i7s are faster on paper, there aren't many games where your bottleneck is the CPU, and even fewer where an i5 4670k can't keep up.

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