- 73 months ago
I'm looking at getting the asus z97-A for my engineering/gaming rig but I'm wondering if the z97 PRO or MSI gaming 5 based on the features are with the extra cost over the z97-A?
Here is my build: PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hsX8jX Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hsX8jX/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hsX8jX/benchmarks/
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.99 @ Mac Mall) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Micro Center) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Micro Center) Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card (Purchased For $311.70) Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Micro Center) Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC) Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg) Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Essential Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Amazon) Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse ($49.99 @ Micro Center) Total: $1455.52 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-28 16:37 EDT-0400)
Also looking for opinions on case and cpu cooler. I will learn how to overclock at some point once this build is complete. Max budget is $1600 but I want to keep it around $1500 if I can.