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Upgrading GPU and Motherboard


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#1 KDDomin

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 01:55 AM

Hello, i plan on upgrading to a better GPU and Motherboard but need some opinions.

 

For the Motherboard, I'm trying to decide between the ASUS ATX DDR4 LGA 1151 Motherboards Z170-E ,and the Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170X-Gaming 3. 

Which one do you think would be better?

 

Im also upgrading my GPU to the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG STRIX OC Edition. Im kinda a noob at this but because its an ASUS GPU should I get an ASUS motherboard? I really dont know.

 

Current specs: 

GPU- GTX 960

CPU- i7 6700k

Cooling- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 

RAM- Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4

Power- EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GS

Motherboard- MSI Gaming Intel Skylake B150 LGA 1151

 

Its really 4 stars across the board for every 1151 motherboard on amazon so none really stick out. The 2 I have listed are the ones on my mind. Any recommendations would be good too. Im trying to stay under $150.

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by KDDomin, 08 October 2016 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:52 AM

What's you current mainboard?


Edited by Zone_86, 08 October 2016 - 03:52 AM.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 12:12 PM

What's you current mainboard?

sorry forgot to mention, the MSI Gaming Intel Skylake B150 LGA 1151. Its an ok motherboard but I just need an upgrade



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:24 PM

Why?



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:36 PM

Why?

why what



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 04:10 PM

A B150 will run a 6700k just fine other than the DDR4 2133 speed limitation (all DDR4 is 2133 native speed though). Some B150's will OC a bit. The only reason to upgrade to a Z170 would be to actually be able to run something like DDR4 2400-2666-3000 etc. at rated speeds under an XMP profile in the bios (or manually) and overclock the 6700k. Other than that a B150, especially a gaming type series B150 does just fine. Also there may be the Windows license tied to your current mainboard to think about depending on the version Windows you are using.

 

That said if you feel like you just have to upgrade to a Z170 I would get something like a gaming 5 or 7 series MSI, Gigabyte, or Asus Maximus hero. Might as well get a more premium Z170 if you're going to do it. If it were me, or if you were my client that I built for and you originally bought the system as you have in your OP I would advise something like an GTX 1070 instead of a mainboard upgrade that way no windows worries, and you get far more gaming performance for your money.


Edited by hamluis, 08 October 2016 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 04:20 PM

A B150 will wun a 6700k just fine other than the DDR4 2133 speed limitation (all DDR4 is 2133 native speed though). Some B150's will OC a bit. The only reason to upgrade to a Z170 would be to actually be able to run something like DDR4 2400-2666-3000 etc. at rated speeds under an XMP profile in the bios (or manually) and overclock the 6700k. Other than that a B150, especially a gaming type series B150 does just fine. Also there may be the Windows license tied to your current mainboard to think about depending on the version Windows you are using.

 

That said if you feel like you just have to upgrade to a Z170 I would get something like a gaming 5 or 7 series MSI, Gigabyte, or Asus Maximus hero. Might as well get a more premium Z170 if you're going to do it. If it were me, or if you were my client that I built for and you originally bought the system as you have in your OP I would advise something like an GTX 1070 instead of a mainboard upgrade that way no windows worries, and you get far more gaming performance for your money.

the main reason I want to upgrade the MB is so that i can OC the CPU. Having as good as a CPU that I have, I feel like not OCing it would be dumb. And I know this might be dumb but if I were to get the ASUS 1070 STRIX would I need an ASUS MB? I really dont know much about boards. Thanks. And I have a disk copy of my OS win 10 so im not worried about Windows.


Edited by KDDomin, 08 October 2016 - 04:25 PM.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 04:48 PM

Not OC'ing is not dumb at all most pro gamers do not game on OC'ed rigs because stability is paramount above all. However, having that 6700k version allows that, and there is nothing wrong with overclocking at all you do get about 5-10% more performance. So I can see you're interested in overclocking and the Gigabyte Z170 gaming 3 looks ok, but it's not one of the higher end Gigabyte Z170's but it should still OC to 4.5'ish relatively easy. I have not yet personally built with that board but I have built with the HD3 (lower end) and was able to get 4.5 easily with a Hyper 212 so the gaming 3 should have no issues doing that.

 

The Asus Strix GTX 1070 should work fine on most Z170 motherboards, and no you don't have to go brand/brand for it to work better, or work period. Example the Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 would work just as well on an Asus Z170 as it would a Gigabyte or MSI Z170. 



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 05:00 PM

Not OC'ing is not dumb at all most pro gamers do not game on OC'ed rigs because stability is paramount above all. However, having that 6700k version allows that, and there is nothing wrong with overclocking at all you do get about 5-10% more performance. So I can see you're interested in overclocking and the Gigabyte Z170 gaming 3 looks ok, but it's not one of the higher end Gigabyte Z170's but it should still OC to 4.5'ish relatively easy. I have not yet personally built with that board but I have built with the HD3 (lower end) and was able to get 4.5 easily with a Hyper 212 so the gaming 3 should have no issues doing that.

 

The Asus Strix GTX 1070 should work fine on most Z170 motherboards, and no you don't have to go brand/brand for it to work better, or work period. Example the Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 would work just as well on an Asus Z170 as it would a Gigabyte or MSI Z170. 

Ok thanks alot for the help.



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 01:18 PM

the main reason I want to upgrade the MB is so that i can OC the CPU. Having as good as a CPU that I have, I feel like not OCing it would be dumb. And I know this might be dumb but if I were to get the ASUS 1070 STRIX would I need an ASUS MB? I really dont know much about boards. Thanks. And I have a disk copy of my OS win 10 so im not worried about Windows.


Your CPU is clocked nearly to max (at stock) and even if you could get it to 4.5 GHz, that's still only 11% overclock so buying new motherboard just for overclocking that CPU is waste of money if you ask me.

Edited by Drillingmachine, 09 October 2016 - 01:18 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 11:38 PM

I would agree with that mostly, other than possibly the OP wants to get into overclocking. Nothing wrong with that, but yeah, a 6700k performs just as well on a B150 is it does on a Z170 in stock fashion.


Edited by Zone_86, 09 October 2016 - 11:38 PM.





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