Solved Deciding on a motherboard

October 10, 2013 at 13:50:32
Specs: Windows 7 home, i5 3570k 3.4 GHz
Hello, this is my first build and I have already bounced around a lot on wether I should use Intel or AMD for the proccesor. Ive decided to run an intel i5 3570k lga 1155 processor and im now figuring which mobo to use. Ive done some browsing on newegg and found a few that seem alright but i really want some outside opinions. My main uses will be for gaming and school work. Ill be using some engineering 3d modeling software call autodesk revit and inventor. which can be very chaotic on a bad computer. and Ill be playing a lot of battlefied 4 and other new games as well. Basically what im asking for is what characteristics should i be looking for my parts. for instance how much ram would be needed to run some of those heavy programs and what type to look for like dddr 3 sdram or normal ddr3 etc. How many cores should the processor have. what brands to stay away from on motherboards. really any info would be helpful. Also when looking at video cards i see theres gddr5 and ddr5, whats best suited for me and what do they mean. everything else im set on. the things i cant stay decided on are the motherboards and and i dont know enough about graphics cards to decided between them. My total budget is around 1000 dollars deffinatly no more than that though. Again any info is appreciated and thanks for your what im assuming is great advice:)

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October 10, 2013 at 16:55:33
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You may as well get a Haswell CPU rather than an Ivy Bridge. That will change your board choice to a socket LGA 1150 - best would be a Z87 based board with 4 RAM slots. Brand isn't all that important but you should check reviews, preferably from legit hardware testing sites. Take customer reviews with a grain of salt (too many users are clueless).

"how much ram would be needed to run some of those heavy programs and what type to look for like dddr 3 sdram or normal ddr3"

All modern RAM is SDRAM & DDR3 is DDR3, so I'm not sure what you're asking. I'd say you should get at least 8GB of DDR3-1600 (or faster). And pay attention to the CAS latency & the voltage.

"How many cores should the processor have"

A quad core should be sufficient.

"i see theres gddr5 and ddr5, whats best suited for me"

It's the same thing. The following article will help you choose a card, make sure to choose a good power supply to go with it: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

Also see the following article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2040...


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