Windows 10: Whats a Good, Affordable Motherboard for i5?

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  1.    17 Apr 2016 #31

    Hi Kipper and all.. I finally got my list of parts I want to buy via PC Parts Picker. Before I buy them I got a few questions..

    Intel Core i5-6600K, MSI GeForce GTX 970, Cooler Master HAF 912 USB3.0 - My Custom Build - xlooks Saved Part List - PCPartPicker

    1) PC Parts Picker suggested I get a cooler for the i5. But I won't be overclocking just yet. Is it still safe to not buy it and use without it?

    2) For ram I picked Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 2133. But I'm confused as to what '2133' means. Is this the right memory for my system or should I get another?

    3) PC Parts Picker calculated 321 watts for my rig (in the upper right hand corner). But this is far lower than what Newegg calculated. Why is that?

    4) A gaming desktop will cost me $995. An Xbox One will cost $300 and a cheap notebook will cost $350 for a total of $650. Don't you think its cheaper and more beneficial to buy an Xbox One with a cheap notebook than a gaming desktop?
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  2.    17 Apr 2016 #32

    That I5 doesn't come with a cooler..
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  3.    17 Apr 2016 #33

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    That I5 doesn't come with a cooler..
    So you're saying I should buy a cooler for the i5 even though I won't be oveeclocking yet?
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  4.    17 Apr 2016 #34

    ruzzi said: View Post
    So you're saying I should buy a cooler for the i5 even though I won't be oveeclocking yet?
    Yes.. all processors need a cooler and that one unlike others doesn't come with one from the factory. So you will need a third party cooler.
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       17 Apr 2016 #35

    Yes, you have no choice. You have to have a cooler, overclocking or not and this doesn't come with one.
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  6.    18 Apr 2016 #36

    ruzzi said: View Post
    Hi Kipper and all.. I finally got my list of parts I want to buy via PC Parts Picker. Before I buy them I got a few questions..

    Intel Core i5-6600K, MSI GeForce GTX 970, Cooler Master HAF 912 USB3.0 - My Custom Build - xlooks Saved Part List - PCPartPicker

    1) PC Parts Picker suggested I get a cooler for the i5. But I won't be overclocking just yet. Is it still safe to not buy it and use without it?

    2) For ram I picked Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 2133. But I'm confused as to what '2133' means. Is this the right memory for my system or should I get another?

    3) PC Parts Picker calculated 321 watts for my rig (in the upper right hand corner). But this is far lower than what Newegg calculated. Why is that?

    4) A gaming desktop will cost me $995. An Xbox One will cost $300 and a cheap notebook will cost $350 for a total of $650. Don't you think its cheaper and more beneficial to buy an Xbox One with a cheap notebook than a gaming desktop?
    2. Frequency in MHz it works best at.
    3. Neither is 100% accurate and don't include reserve power.
    4. A desktop can be customized, overclocked and upgraded when needed and it's useful life extended, laptops and consoles almost nothing of that. A desktop computer has more potential computing power and all you need is one machine for everything those other two can do. Just about any minus is portability comparing to laptop.
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  7.    18 Apr 2016 #37

    essenbe said: View Post
    Yes, you have no choice. You have to have a cooler, overclocking or not and this doesn't come with one.
    And this is a great one that I would use:
    Amazon.com: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2): Computers Accessories
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  8.    18 Apr 2016 #38

    CountMike said: View Post
    2. Frequency in MHz it works best at.

    3. Neither is 100% accurate and don't include reserve power.
    .
    As to your answer to my 2nd question, are you saying that the higher the MHz the better the ram? You're saying I should buy the highest MHz I can find?

    As to your answer to my 3rd question, what PSU should I get if both Newegg and PC Parts Picker provide inaccurate estimates for power?
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       18 Apr 2016 #39

    Your board runs DDR4-2133 by default. You can get faster ram, but you will see little to no difference. Use the 2133 is my opinion.

    You can't buy a PSU that is too big. You can buy one too small. Buy the one @kipper suggested. That will provide ample power, allow for upgrades in the future, run quieter, cooler and probably last longer. Those are my suggestions.
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  10.    18 Apr 2016 #40

    I cannot think of anything else I can tell you about a power supply for your new system.........as for the RAM........

    Yep.....your suggested board will run at 2133..........if I may make a suggested based on what you want to spend for the Kingston Ram (which I would avoid.....I have had problems with Kingston).......I would suggest you get this memory which is a little more cash but your board is verified to run it at its rated speed of 2800 and it is build on the Samsung IC memory chipsets......

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