Whats a Good, Affordable Motherboard for i5?

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  1.    15 Apr 2016 #21

    Thanks Mike and Steve for the added info. Thanks for the pic Mike. Looks like its got both a 2.0 and 3.1 USB on the front.

    Thanks Kipper for the info on adapters to add more USB ports to the front. If I need more ports in the future I'll get an adapter.

    Looks like I'll be buying this case. So far I know for sure what to buy in a CPU, GPU, MB and case. Now I'll be researching the PSU.

    Kipper, I know you linked a good PSU before. As you know I'll be gaming with an Nvidia 970 and i5 6600K. I won't get a cooler for now since I won't be overclocking. But I will in the future. When that happens, then I'll buy a cooler. So Kipper, how do you know how many watts of power I need for a PSU?
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       15 Apr 2016 #22

    ruzzi, look at this and see recommended power supply http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desk...specifications
    The graphics is the biggest user of power, but I always suggest going bigger. A PSU runs more efficient at 60-70% of max, plus larger allows for upgrades in the future without having to worry about it.
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  3.    15 Apr 2016 #23

    As Steve says.....Your GPU is going to be the monster in your build.........Not as hot and sweaty as a 980 but you will want to feed in correctly........

    Some might say this is an overkill......but as I stated earlier the PSU is the most important part of your build......

    SeaSonic is one of the best if not the best manufacturer for power supplies but you will not go wrong with the better offerings from Corsair, EVGA, Antec and a couple others......

    This is the one I just bought a couple days ago for my system and it would be a good choice for you to compare to......

    EVGA 850W
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       15 Apr 2016 #24

    I agree with everything Kipper says. I have 2 Corsair HX 750, a Corsair AX 1250i and EVGA 1050 and a Seasonic X Series 1050 and could recommend any of them. Trust Kipper. He knows hardware.
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  5.    15 Apr 2016 #25

    essenbe said: View Post
    I agree with everything Kipper says. I have 2 Corsair HX 750, a Corsair AX 1250i and EVGA 1050 and a Seasonic X Series 1050 and could recommend any of them. Trust Kipper. He knows hardware.
    Thank you Steve

    I have retired from reviewing system components; did my last review of a couple of ASUS ROG boards over on their ROG forum......now I have more time for the family and my Harley.........not always in that order......LOL
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  6.    16 Apr 2016 #26

    Hello and thank you everyone for all your help.

    Kipper, I appreciate the link to that PSU. But its priced at $129.99. I'm sure its one of the best out there. But truth be told, its a bit costly for me now. I got the money for it. But I can't spend too much on a single component at the moment.

    If you could recommend a powerful yet lower cost PSU for my gaming needs (i5, Nvidia 970) I'd appreciate it. Just don't skimp too much on the quality for the price either. Thanks!
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  7.    16 Apr 2016 #27

    Use the PSU calculator (the link was provided above)..........then you will have the minimum power requirement for your system.....

    You will need to do the research yourself.......look at the verified owners comments......search google for reviews of the models you are considering........then you will be able to hopefully make an informed decision..........

    Good luck....there are lots of choices out there....
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  8.    16 Apr 2016 #28

    Hi Kipper.. I hope you don't mind a long thread. I just don't want to rush into buying parts. I'd rather take my time researching.

    Ok I used the Newegg PSU calculator and found it recommended a PSU of 659 watts. But of course, that general calculation doesn't include overclocking and other factors.

    But you recommended an 850 watt PSU which I might get. But since I won't use Sli or Crossfire but will game and use Nvidia 970 and may o'clock in the future, do you think the PSU you suggested is too much wattage? If you think its too powerful for my needs, would you recommend a lower powered PSU? But if you think the one you recommended is right for me, I'll just buy it.
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  9.    16 Apr 2016 #29

    You might decide to go SLI or Crossfire in the future........and you say you will be overclocking...........

    The Wattage is not the only factor to consider; the components of the PS, the 12v rail or rails, the amount of fluctuation of the power required to feed the system, this is important for not only the 12v but also the 3.3 and the 5v rails...........

    A PSU's wattage rating isn't conducive to determining amperage at any specific voltage. All PSUs will have a sticker with their rated amperage at each voltage level for all of the rails.....

    Modern computers are 12V-heavy loads. From your calculation a 750W PSU may sound adequate, but if its amperage's are not adequate, it may not be able to power your new computer.

    The internal components to include the cooling fans and heat-sinks are so important......I would never buy any PSU that does not have Japanese capacitors......PERIOD....

    Modular or non-modular.........do not believe the hype that some of the low end manufacturers are saying the modular cables create more resistance due to corrosion of contacts. The additional resistance is negligible. With modular you will only install the cables needed.......less cables means better airflow which adds to the efficiency of the PSU.........

    So........with the information you have provided I would recommend you buy nothing under a 750W rated at a minimum of an 80% or higher rating.......

    Personally the EVGA that I recommended for you would be an excellent choice......are there better units available....you bet.......but there are way to many bad choices out there also.........

    I think I seen that the EGG has a rebate on the EGVA which makes it a pretty good buy right now......
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  10.    16 Apr 2016 #30

    Don't forget that PSU ratings are absolute maximum it can give and not for prolonged use so whatever you figure that system might need, ad another 25% to it.
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