Hi there, I came to this forum for some help on my first ever build.
I followed the $2500 guide for the most part but made a change based off of a friends suggestion.
The build is as follows currently:
-Intel Core i7-6700k
-ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA LGA 1151 (rather than the GIGABYTE one suggested in the 2.5k build post)
-EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC (x2) *was debating on swapping out for FTW
-Corsair 2x16GB Vengeance LED DDR4-3200
-Samsung 850 Evo 1TB
-Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 (more than likely going to get this case, but I'm still looking)
-EVGA SuperNova P2 850W
-Corsair Hydro H100i v2 Liquid Cooler
Getting a dvd drive is still in question, but it's really not that important atm.
Here is where the noob will really shine to all you tech experts. My main question is really, is replacing the GIGABYTE mobo with the more expensive ASUS worth it? I've looked at reviews and both have really good things to say for the most part but I really don't know too much so I just listened to my friends suggestion.
Also I'm curious on the differnce between the 1070 SC and 1070 FTW, for the most part, it just seems like the FTW is much more custimizable when it comes to color coding, or going with a certain color theme, but adds an extra 20 bucks per card.
Any tips on building a PC are also gladly welcomed
ps. sorry if this post seems like I should've just done more research, I just wanted to post what I'm dealing with and see what people think
Welcome to The TBG Forum, FingerlessTom!
Actually, that's a very good question you ask. It's often hard to determine what the value of higher-end motherboards is. The Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
, in addition to having a very long name(!), has a number of features that go above and beyond what the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7
has. Chief among those is built-in 802.11ac networking (worth about $50 on its own), an audio breakout box, configurable LED lighting, and dual U.2 ports. It also has a pretty distinctive style. Will it perform better or overclock higher than the Gigabyte board? Extremely doubtful. Is it a high-quality board with top-end features? Absolutely.
The question for a serious gamer is whether it's worth spending $50-$100 more on a motherboard when that money could go to something else, like an ultra-high-end glass-and-aluminum-clad case like the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv
, or perhaps be put towards an upgrade to dual liquid-cooled GTX 1070 cards
, which will perform a bit better than air-cooled GTX 1070s. Nothing else in the $2,500 build can actually be easily upgraded for $100, which is why I highlight those two potential upgrades.
In my opinion, ultra-high-end Z170 motherboards don't make a lot of sense, but I will say that the Asus 802.11ac solution is fabulous, so if that's something you need, it may be reason enough to jump up to the Hero Alpha.
As for the difference between the GTX 1070 SC
and GTX 1070 FTW
, there are two main distinctions:
(1) the SC has white LEDs, the FTW has RGB LEDs, as you have already determined. That may be worth it on its own.
(2) the FTW has larger fans and a custom board with upgraded power, but honestly none of this matters with a GTX 1070, as it won't improve overclocking.
Hope that helps!
And to learn how to build an extreme PC, definitely check out TBG's hands-on Ultra-High-End Assembly Guide