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Help Wanted On Choosing Motherboard

Mth31216
  • 85 months ago

I have a few questions, 1 involving a case but mostly about the motherboard. For my current parts list I chose an inexpensive ATX motherboard (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-970ag46). My question on this is can I actually afford to go cheap on the motherboard? Will the more expensive motherboards be a better thing to buy instead of my cheap $80 one? I originally chose a $200 motherboard, but then I fell back on a cheaper one. The fact that I save $120 sounds too good to be true and I would appreciate a little insight.

Also, I recently bought the Cooler Master Elite 431-Plus Mid-Tower Case (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc431pkwn2). Inside of this case, there are about 4 or 5 tiny, intertwined white/colored cords. One connects to the power button, reset switch, an HDD LED and a +p/-p cord (I would actually also appreciate if someone can tell me about the HDD LED and the +p/-p cords).

These are links for the pictures. I think they'll work, I just didn't see an upload button https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4uPVDxfMt2vMDlnR2ZPRXV1bEE/edit
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4uPVDxfMt2vdDNjb0hxbEpydXM/edit
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4uPVDxfMt2vMkNEMjZZZDFEbTA/edit

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

I gotcha man.

See mobos get expensive for the following reasons.

1.- Rigidity and durability. 2.- power distribution 3.- features.

number three doesnt matter to most people, its like what sound card it has and such, dont worry about it if that is why your mobo is cheaper.

number two is hugely important, but not so much if your cpu wont be overclocked.

number one is VERY important, but if youre careful while youre building and dont overclock youll be fine.

I dont know much about AMD chipsets, but chipset is also something that ramps up the price... however im not sure of your parts so i cant tell with certainty if it would affect you.

Basically, if youre gonna overclock. you need a more expensive mobo. Otherwise, smooth sailing.

Problem #2:

powerbutton. resetswitch hdd led power led (p+ p-)

your motherboard should have a install guide that tells you where to put them.

what they do:

Power button (duh) Reset button (duh) HDD led (shows hard drive activity) Power LED (shows when the computer is on or off)

good luck

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch. Lost faith in getting a response after a while lol. I need to look into these motherboards more then. I really don't feel like paying $200 for a motherboard if I can go $120 cheaper.

Again, thank you!

P.S., If you would, can you check my build. Trying to get as many opinions as possible. (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/13tuO)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

ill look at this in depth in a bit

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/174Ll

it should be way faster in games.

no overclocking. but that should have been obvious

besides, i wouldnt recommend it anyway.

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/images/sniperelitev2_1920_1200.gif

the one i chose is red

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The build actually looks pretty good. You have some parts that will cut down my cost by about 20 to 40 bucks. My only concern is the dual core processor. From what I've heard, current games use up to 3 cores and future games may take advantage of more cores. I don't know if dual core would be enough.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

games are MUCH more dependent on GPU than CPU.

an increase in GPU power will most likely benefit a game much more than an increase in CPU.

While it is true that some games use more than one thread, most games dont.

Even if they do, this particular CPU supports hyper threading which means they can handle two threads per core.

So you have a total of 4 threads, and finding a game to exploit even those 4 threads is very difficult.

At the risk of making a very bad call, if you are that concerned with the CPU you can drop the special cooler and upgrade your CPU to a 3350P.

It is faster at a small cost difference and it would be a much lesser bottleneck. (i am admitting the 3220 will slow you down a bit, but your other configuration will be slower regardless.)

good luck mth, and ill be happy to adress any other concerns.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/17DTn

O.o didnt have to drop the cpu cooler, just the special thermal paste but the one that comes standard will do the trick. it is slightly more expensive though.

as an added bonus, with the purchase you get

Crysis 3 Bioshock infinite Farcry 3 blood dragon Tomb Raider

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