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    z170,x97,x99 question please

    Hi, was going to build a pc around the x97 mb with a i7 4790k, but will new cpu's be made for this mb now, or will all future cpu's be for the x99 mb, and is the z170 just a stop gap mb, or will new cpu's be made for that also, what i am trying to ask, what mb to go for to last at least 5 years for gaming, cheers

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    the Z97 is another socket compare to Z170 ( same line up but diffrent year and sockets ).
    the Z97 ( LGA1150 ) is last year's motherboards, and Z170 ( LGA1151 ) is the motherboards coming out now.
    the X99 is based on the LGA2011 socket.

    the Z line of motherboards are coming out whit a new gen every year ( motherboard and CPU's ) and whit diffrent sockets at times.

    the X line of motherboard have been following the LGA2011 socket ( not shure if there is changes on the socket it self ).
    and i think they release a new motherboard every 2-4 years ( depending on intel ).

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    X99 is on 2011-3 and there are changes, DDR4 memory compatibility for starters.

    CPU's for X79 cannot be used on X99 boards - though they both have 2011 in their socket name.

    CPU's for Z97 and Z170 are not interchangeable either.

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    Thx for replys, i really dont know what asus board to go with for gaming for the next 5 years.

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    ive had my Z77 for 3 years and stil going good. ( signature )

    only thing you need to change is the GPU one or 2 times ( depends on you and games you plays ).
    it all comes down to how mutch you want to spend on it, and what resolution for example.
    if you are going single 4K monitor, you will need a titan x card or 2x 980ti's to get around 60fps/HZ.
    or multi 4K monitor? well you need a bit more GPU power.

    i would say a 27" and 2560x1440P resolution would be good for a gaming setup, you have the g-sync monitors too if that is of enny interest.
    a single 980ti for good fps, 2 cards for overkill ( and bragging rights ).

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    Will be useing my 1080P tv as monitor like i do now, so i bought a 2nd hand 780ti and told that will be more than enough, but i just need the cpu and motherboard, so deciding on what to get as there are 3 choices now.

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    Might as well go with the z170 (maximus viii formula or hero) and the 6700k cpu, it's the newest and cost about the same as a z97 board. The g.skill trident z ram will go nice with the z170 motherboard.

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    Thats exactly what i think i may go with, i think the 6700k is also as good as the i7 4790k aint it ? plus i get the other benefits also from the new motherboard features.

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    The 6700k is a little bit better than the 4790k.


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    Thankyou, will go watch that.

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