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Picking a mobo to go with i7 7700k (Upgrading while retaining some of my old parts)

I've been thinking of upgrading my cpu processor for a while now but held it off for a long time as i feel that it would be a huge money dump if i do it at one go.

I need help picking a Motherboard and CPU to best go with my needs (which i will mention below)
I have decided to go with i7 7700k but please feel free to suggest otherwise if you strongly feel that it is more worth the buck.

Current setup is...

Processor: Intel i7 4771
Ram: 2x8gb (16gb) 1600mhz
Gpu: G1 Gaming Gigabyte GTX 1080
Storage: SSD 256gb(OS) and 1TB
Power Supply: Corsair HX850i (850W Gold )
Motherboard: Asrock z87 Fatal1ty killer
Monitor: 27 inch 1440p 144hz
Casing: Fractal Arc Midi R2
https://youtu.be/ujH42NYOgbI

Right now I'm planning to do an upgrade to my system but probably only the following parts will be changed.(not sure if casing needs to change do advise)

Motherboard
Processor
Cooler
Ram
Casing ( Maybe ?)

Thanks all in advance!
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  1. Just make sure to get a good cooler, preferably a 240/280mm liquid cooler or dual fan air cooler, as the 7700k runs hot and even more so when overclocking. Are you going for a theme or color choice in the build?
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  2. What is the purpose of your system to you?
    Gaming? Professional work like video editing?

    For gaming 7700K is the choice

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.75 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $585.60
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-30 01:33 EDT-0400

    For editing AMD suits
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming K5 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($142.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $710.83
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-30 01:38 EDT-0400
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  3. Main purpose would be for gaming and streaming at the same time.

    I am a designer too so i use photoshop quite abit, but i dont think current job i needa go crazy with few hundred layers yet so this is a non issue.

    I will do some video editing , once in a while and might be more than that in future.

    ----------------------------------------

    EDIT: Because Im running 1440p 144hz monitor, I always want my games to run at least 110-120fps, the cpu should help me get that and also allow overclock in case i need.

    Even though the GTX 1080 is strong, i know that processor matters too.
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  4. I'd center the build around a Ryzen 1700. Get a decent overclock and you'll be very happy.
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  5. envy14tpe said:
    I'd center the build around a Ryzen 1700. Get a decent overclock and you'll be very happy.


    I don't mind Ryzen either
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  6. Thank you for the list, may i ask, how should i know what to and what not to pick when going for mobo?
    i probably would get it from a local pc part mall over here in Singapore because shipping takes a long while for me and costs quite a bit

    The stores here usually have like a list of mobo+cpu combo and puts a price to it, the prices varies so much I get confused. Maybe the question I am trying to ask is.. Why this? not that?

    Dronzer Dragneel said:
    What is the purpose of your system to you?
    Gaming? Professional work like video editing?

    For gaming 7700K is the choice

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.75 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $585.60
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-30 01:33 EDT-0400

    For editing AMD suits
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming K5 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($142.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $710.83
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-30 01:38 EDT-0400
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  7. Since prices may vary across different countries .. ill paste these 2 screenshots of price list of the mobo+cpu. Otherparts are easier to get so ill probably use suggestion from here.

    https://gyazo.com/442f28b2b331f2a212136b678d56d41a <--- AMD
    https://gyazo.com/7ba0513408c277f9de19c992269cd423 <--- Intel
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  8. Ventez said:
    Thank you for the list, may i ask, how should i know what to and what not to pick when going for mobo?
    i probably would get it from a local pc part mall over here in Singapore because shipping takes a long while for me and costs quite a bit

    The stores here usually have like a list of mobo+cpu combo and puts a price to it, the prices varies so much I get confused. Maybe the question I am trying to ask is.. Why this? not that?

    Dronzer Dragneel said:
    What is the purpose of your system to you?
    Gaming? Professional work like video editing?

    For gaming 7700K is the choice

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.75 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $585.60
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-30 01:33 EDT-0400

    For editing AMD suits
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming K5 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($142.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($122.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $710.83
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-30 01:38 EDT-0400




    It depends upon your needs and budget for example if you are buying Unlocked CPU (i7 7700K) you need a Z (high end) series mobo for overclocking, For Locked CPU (i7 7700) you can go with B (low end) and H (mid range) series mobo(s). you can find differences like
    - I/O ports (number or version of display ports, HDMI, USB etc)
    -Xfire or SLI support
    -Maximum Memory support
    so you just need to check whether given mobo meets your requirements.
    and remember motherboard does not Impact performance of PC
    and for streaming go with AMD Ryzen 1700 or 1700X (if you have budget)
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  9. Since you are in Singapore it is hard to know prices. But I would choose either the i7-7700k or Ryzen 1700 (not 1700x). If the 1700 is cheaper than it is a no brainer, get it. Now which mobo. I'd probably get a B350 (not X370) as it is a better budget buy and yet it overclocks. Only advantage to the X370 is Crossfire/SLI support but that isn't a concern. Get B350. Which model..yikes. Maybe list 2 or three for use to compare.

    Next thing is to make sure the RAM you choose is supported by the AMD mobo. Intel has far less worries about RAM compatibility. Last, don't go cheap on the CPU cooler. If you want 3.9-4.0GHz then get a liquid cooler that is a 240 or 280mm.
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  10. Thank you both for the kind response so far envy14tpe and Dronzer Dragneel.

    Going by both your responses so far;

    I do have intention of overclocking so ill need 7700K if i intend to go intel, and the 1700x if i intend to go Ryzen.

    I won't OC it right off the bat because i probably don't have to, but for future proofing i would want it. I regretted my poor decision making in getting the i7 4771 instead of the i7 4770K about 5 years ago and I have been regretting that choice for about 2 years now.

    Even though I have bought this pc in the late 2011 or 2012, I changed up almost everything except for its ram/Dvd drive / mobo and cpu. Everything else have undergone a upgrade/change.

    As for cpu coolers would something like that work? http://www.corsair.com/Media/catalog/product/h/1/h100i_hero_fan.png

    because i do not like liquid coolers that needs top up

    So.. for quick reading, i need to...

    1. Be able to OC my cpu
    2. Have 4x PCI-E slots (incase i SLI and if i do upgrade to a m2 SSD)
    3. 4x Ram slots

    Now for the question.. based on my needs mentioned above what would be the best choice? (if you refer to these 2 links you can see price list, if you don't mind! do suggest something from within that list)
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  11. Best answer
    All AMD Ryzen can be overclocked. So you are good with R7 1700.
    For Intel - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bkhgxY
    For AMD - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8Ywq2R

    2 slots are enough for SLI or Xfire, Mobo(s) are manufactured in a way so they can support or fit 2 GPUs.
    and if you are planning for SLI or Xfire then you need a 750 Gold Certified PSU from brands like Seasonic, EVGA, Corsair.
    and also get a good Thermal Paste.
    For better overclocking you need better Cooler, CM Evo can help but don't push your CPU to its limits.
    as you said you are not going to overclock now, so don't get aftermarket Cooler. stock cooler will do its job. when you decide to OC then only get an aftermarket cooler.
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  12. I forgot to ask, Which cooler should I get if I do plan on Overclocking then? for both these settings?

    Dronzer Dragneel said:
    All AMD Ryzen can be overclocked. So you are good with R7 1700.
    For Intel - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bkhgxY
    For AMD - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8Ywq2R

    2 slots are enough for SLI or Xfire, Mobo(s) are manufactured in a way so they can support or fit 2 GPUs.
    and if you are planning for SLI or Xfire then you need a 750 Gold Certified PSU from brands like Seasonic, EVGA, Corsair.
    and also get a good Thermal Paste.
    For better overclocking you need better Cooler, CM Evo can help but don't push your CPU to its limits.
    as you said you are not going to overclock now, so don't get aftermarket Cooler. stock cooler will do its job. when you decide to OC then only get an aftermarket cooler.
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  13. For AMD
    conventional OCing (base 3.4 - boost 3.8 to 3.9) you are fine with stock cooler or CM EVO 212

    For Intel (conventional OCing)
    CM EVO 212

    but if you are planning to push your CPU beyond 4.0ghz (both 1700 and 7700K) then you need this
    http://noctua.at/en/nh-d15/specification.
    if you want to push your CPU (not recommended ) to its limits then corsair water cooling is the best.

    Before getting any cooler make sure if it fits in your case.
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  14. Would u reckon i need a new casing or would my current one work for the ryzen / intel mobo you suggested?
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  15. Ventez said:
    Would u reckon i need a new casing or would my current one work for the ryzen / intel mobo you suggested?


    Yes, as you can see here http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/arc-series/arc-midi-r2
    It supports ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX motherboards.
    and Graphics cards up to 290mm and 430mm with the top cage removed.
    also check other Specs in same give link for CPU cooler compatibility.
    and choosing a case, I'll leave it to you, as its your taste, or just tell me what kind of case you want? like good looks, simple, window side panel etc.
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  16. I bought the parts! Not gonna get a new case. Im told i should update the bios as the first thing .
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  17. Ventez said:
    I bought the parts! Not gonna get a new case. Im told i should update the bios as the first thing .


    Ok then which Brand you picked? Intel or AMD? Full specs would be helpful.
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  18. Dronzer Dragneel said:
    Ventez said:
    I bought the parts! Not gonna get a new case. Im told i should update the bios as the first thing .


    Ok then which Brand you picked? Intel or AMD? Full specs would be helpful.


    I went for exactly what you suggested for Ryzen.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8Ywq2R

    Other unchanged parts are here:
    Gpu: G1 Gaming Gigabyte GTX 1080
    Storage: SSD 256gb(OS) and 1TB
    Power Supply: Corsair HX850i (850W Gold )
    Monitor: 27 inch 1440p 144hz
    Casing: Fractal Arc Midi R2
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  19. Yes, you need to update bios for Ryzen cuz there's issue with high speed memory support, and updating bios will fix this (Hopefully) and to be honest I've no idea how to update bios. google it or contact a local technical personnel who can update bios for you.
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