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i5 6600k vs i7 6700k and ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING vs ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Dear Tom's Hardware community.

I've been reading the forum for a while now searching for all kinds of versus questions.

Here is mine:
I'm planning to buy a new motherboard and a new CPU as well.
I have a financial limit ofc, so I have to decide if I want to pick a i5 6600k or i7 6600k (usual question, I know :D)
But the twist is: I red a lot of articles regarding my motherboard cohices: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING vs ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO.
Im not sure what the difference between the two exaclty. Is the ROG sounds card really that good? Im a network admin so the packet priorisation is dumb.....

So which CPU+mobo combo should I get?

Purpose: Gaming mainly and multitasking :)


Thanks guys
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    the Pro Gaming is very decent board and there is a newer version of it called Aura.
    The difference in sound is really can be felt only on high end analog headphones which cost a lot - kinda pointless as we mostly use (self amplified) speakers and gaming headsets. Some of the later are USB connected that do not use onboard audio chip.
    the CPU choice is mostly depends on what you do with the computer and what games at what resolution and at what frame rate you want to play.
    For my work (SW dev) i'm mostly fine with dual core i7 in mackbook pro (unless i launch 2 or more VMs simultaneously).
    As for the games, there are quite a few that need an i7 to cross the 100FPS mark, but that important if you own 144Hz or higher monitor.
    personally, I'd prefer the Z170 Pro Gaming Aura (hate that black/red theme) and i7-6700K. Though I prefer the Mini ITX format.
  2. Thank you, n0ns3ns3. I did not realise there is a newer version of pro gaming! :O
    Im planning to upgrade my 1060 when the next gen comes out and also planing to purchase HTC VIVE next year.
    Maybe a 144Hz monitor will also jump in to the mix..... Plans != dreams I hope :D

    Im also runing multiple VMs from time to time... So summarizing all this, I think i'll go with your suggestion as it will last for longer.

    Thank you!
  3. you are welcome :)
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