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    ROG Enthusiast Array MenaceRx PC Specs
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    Motherboard Recommendations... 4790k on the way to me now.

    I finally purchased my new CPU, got a good deal as my buddy at work, his dad works at Intel. So I got a 4790k at employee price. So with that savings I can jump up a class or two in motherboard.

    I still want to stick with my ASUS quality parts. Have a Crosshair V Formula Z now and for the 4790k I have been looking at one of these 3 below. They all meet my requirements all have 4 or 5 star reviews. Anyone recommend different then one of those 3?

    Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1
    ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK S

    I am ready to order the board, CPU should be here monday at the latest.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Antronman's Avatar
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    All depends on what looks you want.

    I'd for the Hero myself. Best, with great aesthetics and a strong RoG BIOS.

    I suppose if money is not a concern, it's up to what sort of aesthetic you're going for, if for any aesthetic.

    If you don't care how the build looks go for the Hero regardless.
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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array gupsterg PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus Maximus VII Ranger
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    Memory (part number)HyperX Savage 2400MHz 16GB
    Graphics Card #1Sapphire R9 Fury X (1145/545 Custom ROM)
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    Ref'ing Sin's VRM list all three is true 8 phases but doing quick comparative on Asus site the Sabertooth's show support only 1866Mhz RAM , so +1 on Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO IMO.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Antronman's Avatar
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    1866MHz is plenty fast enough.

    Hero is just a better value and better looking
    Say hi to the next generation.

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    Through strength, I gain victory
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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array gupsterg PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus Maximus VII Ranger
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    Memory (part number)HyperX Savage 2400MHz 16GB
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    I agree RAM speed don't make huge differences in normal use.

    Also your OC'ing the IMC thus could limit CPU OC.

    But when I was buying RAM 2400Mhz was about same price as 1600MHz so thought why not?

    Recently did a bench in XTU with XMP off thus RAM @ 1600MHz, score = 840 points.

    Switched on XMP, RAM @ 2400MHz instant 200 increase at same CPU speeds.

    So depending on what you do with rig does make a difference .

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    ROG Enthusiast Array nickbaldwin86 PC Specs
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    Another Vote for Hero... I have the Hero. really like it!

    Really comes down to what you need in a mainboard

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    ROG Enthusiast Array MenaceRx PC Specs
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    Alright I will be going with the Hero, my Ram is 1600, i have 32GB of it right now so if I move over to 1866 it wont be for a minute. My 1600 hasnt thrown any problems out yet. Also I do a lot of graphic design stuff for my hobby with sim racing. But nothing so heavy as to need a Tegra card or FirePro. And I dont overclock, I know its safe if done right, but the i7 4790k is beast before any of that, so I will approach that if I really need it.

    So this is my first ground up load of an Intel i7 with integrated graphics, I am keeping my 7870 as the primary graphics until the R9 300s come out and i can see whether I want them or the 970/980 line.

    My question is there any software you recommend I dont install that is intel related before loading up the AMD Omega driver for the Graphics when i do my reload. I know on my laptop i have to have the optimus stuff. Was not sure if I need it on the Desktop as well or if I can just ignore that and all will be fine.

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    do not instal the aisuite at all.
    do clean instal of OS.

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