Decisions, decisions, decisions... new PSU and MOBO or new rig?
Written by: wintersun - 20:31 May-03-2015

So as you may have seen some yesterday I got a big issue with my computer. PSU and MOBO died. So I would need your help to decide. Recently my thoughts were about upgrading next year with Pascal architecture and Skylake. But after yesterday I started thinking whether I should just buy a pair of new decent PSU and MOBO and stick to my first plan on upgrading next year, or to go for a total new PSU and x99 MOBO. (that means new CPU and DDR4 RAM). Money is not really the issue here so feel free to suggest whatever you think it will fit my needs.

 

There is a third option of buying a very good PSU (so I can have it for next year as well) and just buy a noram MOBO to do my work till upgrading. 

 

So what are you thoughts guys?

 

And any suggestions on which PSU and MOBO should go?

 

Thanks :) 

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12:27 May-04-2015

Hi
You stiil havê a good CPU and GPU, you should buy a z97.
PSU buy a evga 850w or XFX.
you spend 150euros on MOBO and 120euros on the PSU(i use €)
You should play for 1/2 years. Then you upgrade to new MOBO and CPU but already hav

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11:50 May-04-2015

Hi
You stiil havê a good CPU and GPU, you should buy a z97.
PSU buy a evga 850w or XFX.
you spend 150euros on MOBO and 120euros on the PSU(i use €)
You should play for 1/2 years. Then you upgrade to new MOBO and CPU but already hav

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09:09 May-04-2015

1) are you sure mobo is dead? friend had similar problem, returned mobo for warranty service and they fixed it (technician wrote only firmware reset was needed which I don't believe but who cares) and so he just bought new psu :)

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11:33 May-05-2015

yeap according to the technician as well. so what do you suggest doing? buy something not that expensive and update with skylake or update from now?

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12:01 May-05-2015

well, Skylake requires different socket, X99 chipset requires DDR4 (which is overpriced with basically zero performance advantage), you'll have to buy new PSU anyway,
i7-4770K is fairly high-end cpu, so I clearly don't see a reason why not get new Z87/Z97 mobo when all else is fine (IF it is, can you test if the cpu works?)

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22:29 May-05-2015

CPU and GPU work fine :) I am thinking of going to ASUS mobo (150euro more or less I think is fine) and buy a new 850w platinum 80+ corsair PSU (I am going to use it if I upgrade next year but I will have the warranty)

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23:06 May-05-2015

if you don't plan on having 2-3x high-end gpus then an 850W PSU is quite a waste.

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07:36 May-06-2015

go for some ASUS Z97 ROG (Ranger or Hero) :D

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09:46 May-06-2015

Ax1500I, the fan is always off even with my OC on my GPUs and CPU :D


But 850 would be nice, its always nice to have some overhead, so the psu dont need to work so hard --> less noise from fan. :)I

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12:06 May-06-2015

@Psychoman sli is always an option :P
@Tzzsmk I was thinking the same already ordered Asus Ranger :)
@Ttank007 1500I is too much for me, I am not planning for 4xSLI or something 850 is enough even with good OC :)

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13:10 May-06-2015

good quality 850W psu is reasonably enough for (later) 2 cards imo :)

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21:03 May-03-2015

I'd just buy a featureless LG1150 board for 70ish $, seeing that it doesn't have to last as long a brand new PC. A reliable and futureproof PSU is a must ofcourse I'd suggest the EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W. Link

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21:05 May-03-2015

Hey Themash, thanks for the answer, I could even go for a better PSU ,meaning that in a future upgrade I can use that one (I was thinking of going on a 80+ Platinum with 850w or more). Any other suggestions? (PSU is something that last most of the times)

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21:24 May-03-2015

I do not recommend cheaping out on motherboards and PSUs.

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17:35 May-04-2015

70$ for a motherboard is ordinary, not cheap :P, Im talking about an Z97 from a known company.

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18:12 May-04-2015

it's ordinary for amd motherboards, but intel motherboards at the 70-100$ range have terrible cooling and only 4 VRMs and for better cpus like i5s and i7s I'd say that you need a better motherboard than that.
The reason amd has lower prices on the motherboards is to be competetive, not for other reasons, intel has great marketing and can afford having the same class motherboard as amd, but more expensive.

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09:18 May-05-2015

Cause Haswell uses on die Vrm for a part you dont really need a good vrm, 4phases with heatsinks are enough, or 4 without heatsinks if you dont OC.
Espcially if you only need a new MoBo to overcome the time till Skylake i would not spend more then $100 on one

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09:52 May-05-2015

Mark you are right, I forgot that with haswell intel integrated the VRMs...
Then something like a Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 or Asus Z97-E, Asrock z97 Extreme 3, MSI Z97M-G43 should do the job.

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11:35 May-05-2015

Thanks Markm it was something I was thinking of doing and look like most of ppl suggest the same :)

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20:57 May-03-2015

getting an x99 cpu means you will not have any upgrade paths, since skylake will be on a new chipset and socket and probably will require 2011-v4, since it will be 14nm and a somewhat brand new architecture after all.
I think it's good to go for something cheap if you don't want to spend a lot of money twice in a short period of time, otherwise yeah go for the x99, but be prepared for a new motherboard along with the skylake cpu.

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21:01 May-03-2015

Yeap I know that, that's why I was thinking to buy something not very expensive but reliable now for me needs and spend everything I need to for the new arch. But yet again I would also consider on going on x99 for some reason :P
Any suggestions on which PSU and MOBO should go?

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21:21 May-03-2015

When it comes to PSU, just find a good NEW model that has 550-600W for a single gpu or 700-800W for multi-gpu and at least 50Amps on the +12V rail(s), so that you can put whatever you like in your PC.
For the motherboard, well good motherboards have 8 + 2 VRMs and have good heatsinks on the north bridge and VRMs, you choose the brand yourself.

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17:36 May-04-2015

Are you planning on overclocking on this motherboard by the way?

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20:40 May-03-2015

Damn I post this at your profile page before i see the blog :P. Anyway. thats a real bummer. how did that happen? yes I dont think you need to get a whole new rig right now. your current one should be sufficient. I would say get a new, not extreme mobo, and a good PSU so that you can use your current hardware as long as you want to and upgrade whenever you feel you need (could be longer than 1 year) to do so to a newer mobo (which i think will be mandatory for pascal) and the other new stuff you want.

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20:47 May-03-2015

well I really have no idea how it happened. I just wend for running in the park (for an hour or so) and when I came back no power. I tested the PSU with a paperclip no power, then I tested an old PSU I have with just the mobo (no additional hardware connected) it was giving power and it was shutting down just right away). (the PSU is an old 400W just for testing xD.
anyway thanks for your answer!

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09:20 May-05-2015

Did you test the CPU in another system allready. You dont want to get new mobo + psu and notice the CPU is dead to

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