For gaming and video editing what’s the best motherboard and processor?

Daniel P January 19, 2014
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Hello, in near future (2 or 3 months) I’m planning to upgrade my both motherboard and CPU.

My question is, which motherboard and CPU should I go for? I play a lot of games and I do YouTube (recording, editing and rendering videos), so I will need a powerful CPU for that. I have previously upgraded my graphics card, to a Sapphire HD7850 2GB.

I’m planning to get:

  • Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Z77A-G43-Motherboard-Pentium-Celeron/dp/B007JRGV14)
  • CPU: Intel i7-3770K (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i7-3770K-3-50GHz-Technology/dp/B007X1JM30)

What do you think?

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  1. Jesus Corujo Puga
    January 21, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Intel i7 Iris Pro processor, compatible motherboard with iris pro i7 processor, two memory ddr3-2400 dual channel 8 Gb. x2= 16 Gb. power supply special for iris pro processor, memory and motherboard, optional the new pci express graphics card compatible with iris pro and new pci express x16 version 3

  2. Michael Drawe
    January 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Cameron is correct. I have the following hardware:

    ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/

    CPU
    Intel 3770K processor

    There is newer hardware out there, and it is recommended to upgrade your hardware to be ready for what you need tomorrow, not necessarily what you need today. With that said, I have 16 GB of 1600 Mhz ram, with a 1000w PSU. My unit screams but my hardware build does not meet everyone's needs, it simply meets mine. You will find what works best for you (and your wallet) and make your decision from there.

    Other then that, I support Cameron's recommendation.

  3. Cameron Gray
    January 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    The 3770k and Z77 chipset, while great (I have them) are old technology. Nowadays you should be looking at a 4770k and Z87 chipset.

    I would also tend to avoid the MSI motherboard and get something from Gigabyte or ASUS. Brands such as MSI and ASRock are budget oriented brands and therefore aren't the best in terms of quality.

    Obviously you would also want to check that your current RAM and disks are compatible and will not bottleneck performance and also make sure that your power supply is up to the job. 500w is more than enough for that build but make sure you have a quality unit from a brand like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX.etc and not a low end unit. A good 500w PSU can run at 500w all day long, cheap 500w units will not and may even fail around the 250w mark!

  4. Oron J
    January 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    If you're keeping your graphics card, that's a very powerful combination, enjoy!

  5. Hovsep A
    January 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

    MSI Z77A-G43 Motherboard Review
    http://wccftech.com/review/msi-z77ag43-budget/

  6. Jan F
    January 20, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Make sure your current RAM is compatible - the i7-3770 supports DDR3-1333/1600.

    Depending on your computer case, heat zones and airflow you might want to consider a third-party CPU cooler. While the Intel stock coolers are usually sufficient even for bad airflow cases it might get noisy on high load which can be rather annoying for YT creators when recording with a microphone.

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