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Need Help Choosing Motherboard/PSU/Case for Gaming Computer

Nikicollazo 178 135 November 5, 2015 at 12:09 PM
So I'm building a new computer, which will be used for gaming, and I'm not sure what to do next.
I've already bought the cpu, graphics card, and ram. I had an 480GB SSD laying around. I'll either get a 1tb or 2tb hard drive.

What I'm mostly concerned about is what mother board, psu, and case I should use. And also if I should add some extra cooling? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here are my specs so far:

Intel Xeon E3 1231 v3 3.4GHz Processor (1150 socket)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC 4GB Graphics Card
Kingston HyperX FURY (2x8GB) 1866MHz DDR3
480GB Intel 530 SSD

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Quote from Nikicollazo View Post :
So I'm building a new computer, which will be used for gaming, and I'm not sure what to do next.
I've already bought the cpu, graphics card, and ram. I had an 480GB SSD laying around. I'll either get a 1tb or 2tb hard drive.

What I'm mostly concerned about is what mother board, psu, and case I should use. And also if I should add some extra cooling? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here are my specs so far:

Intel Xeon E3 1231 v3 3.4GHz Processor (1150 socket)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC 4GB Graphics Card
Kingston HyperX FURY (2x8GB) 1866MHz DDR3
480GB Intel 530 SSD
For mobos, I prefer Gigabyte or ASUS; price will be higher than others, but so will the quality. Get one that has the ports (SATA, USB 3.0/3.1, internal USB, eSATA) you need and 3.5+ stars on newegg. Expect this to be $100-$125.

Case is really aesthetics, though cooling does come into play, too. Antec and Corsair make highly rated cases, as do several other manufacturers. I'd say you want at least a fan in front and back, the bigger the better. A lot of cases now have removable trays for the mobo, or cutouts in the mobo tray so you can access the area underneath the CPU socket to add a crossplate for a cooler. That's mostly personal preference, as most people tend not to change out the CPU or cooler once it's installed. This can be anywhere from ~$30 up to $125 or more.

PSU is probably the most important piece. Go with a quality unit from Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic. A 500-600W unit should be good, although there are calculators you can use to find the total power draw of your components. You want an extra 50-100% for the best efficiency (so if your rig draws 250W max, look at 500W PSUs). Most PSUs are overkill, so don't be surprised if you only need a 450W unit. Beyond that, make sure it has the connectors you need (SATA, PCI-e). Modular is easier to install and deal with, but may be a bit more expensive. Look for at least 80+ Bronze, but Silver, Gold, or Platinum ratings will be more efficient. If the price difference isn't too high, definitely consider them.
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Why a Xenon for a gaming machine? Won't that severely limit your MB choices to more server oriented parts? Mounts for said motherboard might be different from more traditional desktop mounts thus limiting a case.

I would probably run an aftermarket cooler option vs stock intel. Buy a quality PSU. Several brands to choose from, personally I really like Seasonic.
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I recommend the 1155 socket because its not to overpowered and its good for gaming, sadly I can recommend a board I've never used, but the board I have now is a MSI P67A-C43 (B3) and its a CRAPPY board!!! its died 2 times in 1 year I highly recommend you don't get anything from MSI.... ASUS is a pretty good company, I have one of their graphics cards (ASUS GTX550 Ti) its a great card I like ASUS Smilie
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