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sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:45 pm

Hi all,
As the title says I want to build a 6 monitor gaming rig that's at least 2 years future proof.
The budget is no concern so feel free to suggest any changes. OS will be windows 8.1


Seperate parts are listed below sorry, I couldn't add their links. All the products will be bought from flipkart(dot)com except the chassis which will be bought from OLX , so you guys can check their stats from there.


Motherboard: Rs 46756 ASRock Z87 Extreme 11/ac motherboard LGA 1150 socket Z87 chipset

Processor: Rs 21000 Intel Core i7 4770 3.4 GHz Quad core

GPU - Rs 79076 2 x Sapphire R9 290 overclocked 4 GB DDR5 1000MHz in crossfire

Memory: Rs 27500 RipjawsX series 32 GB (4x8) DDR3 1600 MHz CAS latency - 9 9 9 27

HDD: Rs 11866 2 x Seagate 2 TB Barracuda Sata 6GB/s

Chassis: ThermalTake level 10 GT Battle Edition

ODD: Rs 1800 LiteON iHBS312 Blu Ray

PSU: Rs 2700 Corsair CMPSU-1200 AXUK 1200 Watts

Monitor: Rs 62960 6 x Viewsonic 21.5" in 2x3 configuration total resolution of 5760x2160 (if possible). Note- The monitors don't have a display port so will it cause any trouble in using eyefinity?

Finally, Am I missing something? Can it be better? Feel free to suggest.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:57 pm

For Monitors you may want to look at the new Dell P2214h, it's IPS, supposed to be flicker free, has display port, H.A.S. and VESA mounting.

Think I got mine on sale for $165 IIRC (w/o taxes)
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:59 pm

Ayush Rawal wrote:Hi all,
As the title says I want to build a 6 monitor gaming rig that's at least 2 years future proof.
The budget is no concern so feel free to suggest any changes. OS will be windows 8.1



Finally, Am I missing something? Can it be better? Feel free to suggest.


I think if you're going all-out on a 6 monitor gaming rig, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not getting a Solid State Drive.

You might as well get the 4770k to be able to overclock, a higher CPU frequency is useful in multi-gpu computers.

I've also got to say that 6 monitors sounds like a horrible idea for FPS games, because bezels will interfere with the most important part of the image; the center of the screen. I guess it depends on your setup, but I would think 3 monitors side by side would be the best choice, with 1 extra monitor above the center screen.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:41 pm

I have some remarks

1. with 6 screens, I'd go for a 4960x instead of that 4770 - you don't want to be cpu limited
2. with the resolution of 6 screens, I'd go with 2 titan blacks - at this moment, in crossfire, you'll only have 2 GB/card available. For my 3 2410 dell monitors, I sometimes run out of video memory with 4 GB, making 2 GB almost ridicule. Especially when you mention "future proof".
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:04 pm

You could go with three 2560x1440 monitors, in portrait mode for 4320x2560. It would end up being about the same amount of pixels as six 1920x1080 monitors with an easier setup.

edit - (less bezels, less cables, easier stand or setup, etc.)

edit 2 - if money is no concern http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820249044
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820249034

and for storage

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148793
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:29 pm

If you're doing 6x1920x1080 you're not going to be CPU limited (the GPUs won't be fast enough to make the CPU the limit), but you might be PCI-e bandwidth limited since you're looking at going with dual cards instead of an R9 295 x2. Even then, that's kind of dubious.

I agree with anotherengineer on going 3x 1440p, in that it'll be easier to set up, but the much wider perspective is not for everyone.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:54 pm

Ayush Rawal wrote: Hi all,
Hello, and welcome to the Tech Report!
Ayush Rawal wrote: I couldn't add their links.
I edited your post to add the prices with links to the catalog pages.

Ayush Rawal wrote: Monitor: Rs 62960 6 x Viewsonic 21.5" in 2x3 configuration total resolution of 5760x2160 (if possible). Note- The monitors don't have a display port so will it cause any trouble in using eyefinity?
Here, I believe that you would be much better off with 2560x1440 (WQHD) monitors.
$US424 Inexpensive 27" Korean 2560x1440 monitor with DisplayPort input

If you need to use a monitor lacking a DisplayPort input with a graphics card with mini-DisplayPort outputs, you'll need an active adapter.
US$29¼ Mini DisplayPort to HDMI active adapter (good for up to 1920x1200 @60 Hz)
US$29¼ Mini DisplayPort to single-link DVI active adapter (good for up to 1920x1200 @60 Hz)
US$94 Mini DisplayPort to dual-link DVI active adapter (good for 2560x1440 and higher resolutions)
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:06 am

Thanks for the reply guys,

anotherengineer wrote:For Monitors you may want to look at the new Dell P2214h


Thank's for your suggestion but can't buy it as I'm restricted to buy products from flipkart, snapdeal and/or olx but will try to get it from a nearby dell's.

Prestige Worldwide wrote:I think if you're going all-out on a 6 monitor gaming rig, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not getting a Solid State Drive.

Thanks, added an SSD.

Prestige Worldwide wrote:You might as well get the 4770k to be able to overclock, a higher CPU frequency is useful in multi-gpu computers.

Sure Thanks,

ozymandias wrote:with the resolution of 6 screens, I'd go with 2 titan blacks - at this moment, in crossfire, you'll only have 2 GB/card available. For my 3 2410 dell monitors, I sometimes run out of video memory with 4 GB, making 2 GB almost ridicule. Especially when you mention "future proof".

and
anotherengineer wrote:You could go with three 2560x1440 monitors, in portrait mode for 4320x2560. It would end up being about the same amount of pixels as six 1920x1080 monitors with an easier setup.


Thanks, will keep that in mind.

ozymandias wrote:with 6 screens, I'd go for a 4960x instead of that 4770 - you don't want to be cpu limited

Thanks but not possible, the 4960x is LGA 2011 socket my motherboard supports LGA 1150

[quote=derFunkenstein]If you're doing 6x1920x1080 you're not going to be CPU limited (the GPUs won't be fast enough to make the CPU the limit)[/quote]
Thanks, changed the GPU.

JustAnEngineer wrote:Hello, and welcome to the Tech Report!

Thanks for that.

JustAnEngineer wrote:I edited your post to add the prices with links to the catalog pages.

A special thanks for that, you just made my day. Can you please add them in the list below?

JustAnEngineer wrote:If you need to use a monitor lacking a DisplayPort input with a graphics card with mini-DisplayPort outputs, you'll need an active adapter.

Thanks for that, will keep it in mind.

JustAnEngineer wrote:Here, I believe that you would be much better off with 2560x1440 (WQHD) monitors

Won't that be too large?

New list:

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme 11/ac motherboard LGA 1150 socket Z87 chipset
GPU: 2 x Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7970 DDR5 Vapor-X 6 GB OC Edition 6 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card or 2 x MSI AMD/ATI R9 290X 4GD5 BF4 4 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Processor: Intel 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 4770K i7 Processor
Memory: G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 32 GB (4 x 8GB) PC RAM (F3-1600C9Q-32GXM)
HDD: 2 x Seagate 2 TB Barracuda Sata 6GB/s
SSD: Transcend 256 GB SSD SSD Internal Hard Drive (TS256GSSD340)

Chassis: ThermalTake level 10 GT Battle Edition
ODD: LiteON iHBS312 Blu Ray
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-1200 AXUK 1200 Watts
Monitor: 6 x Viewsonic 21.5" or if possible Dell P2214h

Thank's for the suggestions guys keep 'em coming.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:06 am

You could wait for these puppies to come out and be sure you won't lack of VRAM for your display array.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7860/cebit-2014-sapphire-shows-two-r9-290x-8gb-gddr5-gpus

I haven't noticed any CPU cooler for your build, if you plan to overclock and have no money constrains, go for something like the NZXT Kraken X60 if your case handles it.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:01 am

Why 6 monitors? Get one 4K display and be done with it.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:34 am

Is Crossfire still broken with Eyefinity?

I thought they still hadn't fixed that? Or was that just models that weren't Hawaii?
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:31 pm

I'm still not convinced by 4K gaming; so much effort and hassle just to get a sharper picture, but then most of the art assets in current games aren't even good enough to look sharp on a 1440p display yet.

Completely OT, I'd love to see a 6-screen eyefinity setup on 60" LED televisions, that would be an insane amount of screen for your eyes.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:35 am

Jon1984 wrote:You could wait for these puppies to come out and be sure you won't lack of VRAM for your display array.


Thanks, will wait and can you suggest an air/liquid cooling solution for th casxe (Thermaltake Level 10 GT)?

The setup will have to be six monitors
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:54 am

With 4 sticks of RAM, you are most likely going to want a water cooler over an air one. Aftermarket air coolers tend to overshoot the CPU's footprint and interfere with taller sticks of RAM.

And my browser is getting screwy again (thanks, IE), so I don't have links...but check out Corsair's closed loop coolers. It looks like an H90 would match the current 140mm fan on the rear of the Level 10. I wouldn't remove any of the larger fans on your case since they will move a lot of air without creating a lot of noise, so the cooler you want should have the radiator mounted in that rear position.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:27 am

Ayush Rawal wrote:
Jon1984 wrote:You could wait for these puppies to come out and be sure you won't lack of VRAM for your display array.


Thanks, will wait and can you suggest an air/liquid cooling solution for th casxe (Thermaltake Level 10 GT)?

The setup will have to be six monitors


I believe the Thermaltake Level 10 GT is so massive that will fit all the common AIO coolers. But you don't need to search much more than the Kraken or a Corsair 110i or something like that, it is enough.

Or you could bring it to a different new level and watercool all your rig (CPU, GPU, etc...). If you don't have any money constrains you could buy a pre-built machine from OriginPC, Maingear, Cyberpower, etc...
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:45 am

First suggestion: please don't mess with colours and sizes of the fonts. The colours make it harder to read not easier, especially for people with the classic blue background. It takes more time for you to add all those tags with little to no benefit, and for some with the opposite result. ;) Use the quote tag properly and it will be fine.

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ozymandias wrote:with 6 screens, I'd go for a 4960x instead of that 4770 - you don't want to be cpu limited

Thanks but not possible, the 4960x is LGA 2011 socket my motherboard supports LGA 1150
I think he meant if you are getting such serious hardware, then may as well go for the -E processors with an appropriate motherboard to be absolutely sure that the CPU will not be the bottleneck. Since you said there is no budget you can just spend more, right?
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:36 am

Flying Fox wrote:First suggestion: please don't mess with colours and sizes of the fonts. The colours make it harder to read not easier, especially for people with the classic blue background. It takes more time for you to add all those tags with little to no benefit, and for some with the opposite result. ;) Use the quote tag properly and it will be fine.

I meant to say something about this...I am one of those people with the classic blue (and normally-white text).

ozymandias wrote:with 6 screens, I'd go for a 4960x instead of that 4770 - you don't want to be cpu limited

Flying Fox wrote:I think he meant if you are getting such serious hardware, then may as well go for the -E processors with an appropriate motherboard to be absolutely sure that the CPU will not be the bottleneck. Since you said there is no budget you can just spend more, right?

Yes, ozymandias was suggesting the 4960x and the appropriate motherboard to accompany it. If this is a "cost is no object" build, then I would agree. Especially with six screens, you can use the extra power more than most users.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:37 am

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Ayush Rawal wrote:Hi all,
As the title says I want to build a 6 monitor gaming rig that's at least 2 years future proof.
The budget is no concern so feel free to suggest any changes. OS will be windows 8.1



Finally, Am I missing something? Can it be better? Feel free to suggest.


I think if you're going all-out on a 6 monitor gaming rig, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not getting a Solid State Drive.

You might as well get the 4770k to be able to overclock, a higher CPU frequency is useful in multi-gpu computers.

I've also got to say that 6 monitors sounds like a horrible idea for FPS games, because bezels will interfere with the most important part of the image; the center of the screen. I guess it depends on your setup, but I would think 3 monitors side by side would be the best choice, with 1 extra monitor above the center screen.

Bezels wont be a problem if u do what this guy did
http://www.overclock.net/t/1143724/3x-1 ... rait-setup
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:29 pm

Awesome idea if you have the cash, and it seems like you do.

I echo other's concerns about all the bezels you will have to deal with. You are going to have a big black line right at eye level and in the middle of any action you get on screen. If anything, go with a 9 monitor setup (BAM!) that way you have a clear screen right in the middle.

If you truly want to be future proof, and have as much cash as you say, go for the E-series processors and get an LGA1150 Mobo. Games out right now may not tax a 4770K, but DirectX12 games in 2015 might. You may want to wait a bit and see what "Devil's Canyon" processors Intel releases soon since they seems like they are meant for rigs like this.

I don't know that you need 32GB of Ram. I have 16gb in my gaming rig and my memory usage rarely tops 8GB. You can always start with 16gb and add 16 more later.

If you want to use more than one graphics card, I think NVIDIA cards may be a better choice since they seem to have that frame metering/pacing thing down better than AMD. Also, you can get 780Tis with Titan style blowers to send all that extra heat outside of your case. The 290x cards run very hot. and keep it all in the case.

If you game a lot, and play lots of different games at one time, go and get a 500ish GB SSD. I had just 1 256gb SSD and found I filled it up pretty easily. Got tons of room now that I added a 500gb EVO.

Why 2x2TB drives? Are you going to RAID them? If you want fast transfer speeds, consider a 3 or 4TB Seagate or Hitatchi Deskstar. The Seagates use 1TB platters and get crazy transfer speeds (my 3gb one gets 195 MB/s transfer speeds) The Hitatchi's are just plain fast too, though I don't think they use 1TB platters. Apparently the Hitachi's are also quieter. If you want 2 separate drives, you and (and should anyway) partition the 4TB drive. The smaller, outer partition will get top notch transfer speeds while the inner one will still be fast, just not as fast.

All the above is caveated by the fact that I can't access the websites you listed above since I am on a work computer.

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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:09 pm

southrncomfortjm wrote:I echo other's concerns about all the bezels you will have to deal with. You are going to have a big black line right at eye level and in the middle of any action you get on screen. If anything, go with a 9 monitor setup (BAM!) that way you have a clear screen right in the middle.
Eyefinity only works up to 6, no?

southrncomfortjm wrote:If you truly want to be future proof, and have as much cash as you say, go for the E-series processors and get an LGA1150 Mobo. Games out right now may not tax a 4770K, but DirectX12 games in 2015 might. You may want to wait a bit and see what "Devil's Canyon" processors Intel releases soon since they seems like they are meant for rigs like this.
Did you mean the E-series Xeon processors or the IvyBridge-E (if later, the Haswell-E) processors? If it is the later, the socket is LGA2011 not 1150.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:40 pm

You didn't mention how you were going to mount (or if you were) your monitors. The viewsonics can't be mounted it looks like, from the pics on flipkart. The connections are in the base/neck.

The Dell 2214s have standard VESA mounting, and are very nice for the price (even the $220 on their website).
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:49 pm

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southrncomfortjm wrote:I echo other's concerns about all the bezels you will have to deal with. You are going to have a big black line right at eye level and in the middle of any action you get on screen. If anything, go with a 9 monitor setup (BAM!) that way you have a clear screen right in the middle.
Eyefinity only works up to 6, no?

southrncomfortjm wrote:If you truly want to be future proof, and have as much cash as you say, go for the E-series processors and get an LGA1150 Mobo. Games out right now may not tax a 4770K, but DirectX12 games in 2015 might. You may want to wait a bit and see what "Devil's Canyon" processors Intel releases soon since they seems like they are meant for rigs like this.
Did you mean the E-series Xeon processors or the IvyBridge-E (if later, the Haswell-E) processors? If it is the later, the socket is LGA2011 not 1150.


First one was more of a joke than a real suggestion.

Second one just shows you what happens when I try to remember socket information off the top of my head.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:40 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote: I believe that you would be much better off with 2560x1440 (WQHD) monitors.
US $424 Inexpensive 27" Korean 2560x1440 monitor with DisplayPort input
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:26 pm

Yeah I think 3 30" 2560x1600 screens would be the bomb. 4800x2560 should do the trick.

The problem of course is bezels. My Korean 30" has a large bottom and would be useless. I would have expected more small to none bezel monitors to be available by now.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:53 pm

I'm in agreement with everyone here about going the 3x display route, for stated reason: bezels.

If you are planning to future-proof as much as possible, have you thought about the new dual-GPU card we just announced? The R9 295X2? http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graph ... /r9/295x2# (comes complete with a closed loop liquid cooling system, and 8GB of memory). Just a thought, I hope I'm not confusing you.

I'm also a huge fan of SSD; knowing that budget isn't an issue I'd suggest getting two Samsung 840 EVO 2.5 1T drives; set them up in Raid 0. As for memory, stick with 16GB.

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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:28 pm

Warsam71 wrote: I'd suggest getting two Samsung 840 EVO 2.5 1T drives; set them up in Raid 0.
Never put your drives in a RAID0 array. Four drives in RAID1+0 would be okay if you really needed more capacity, performance and redundancy than a single drive could provide.

I believe that individual SSDs are quick enough, so the best thing to do is to stick to individual drives.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:06 pm

Alright, no colour messing now. :P and forgive me for the late reply.

will switch to a motherboard with 2011 socket (or should it be 1150 as suggested by "southrncomfortjm".

as Warsam71 suggests will buy 2 r9 295x2 gpus ( 1 or 2?) but can't get to know where to buy them.

Will try to get intel's devil's canyon processor (whenever they are released)

monitor will be 6 dell p2214h with bezels removed as done by CallsignVega ( if possible, just need to know how he did that)

1 512 gb SSD ( 2 partitions, 1 for win and 1 for linux) and 4 TB HDD.

I hope I have covered everyone's suggestions if you think I forgot something please feel free to remind me.

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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:47 am

Haswell processors like Rs. 22084 Core i7-4770K, etc. ride on LGA1150. You will want an LG1150 motherboard with the Z87 chipset to match, like the Rs. 17278 Asus Z87 Pro. These quad-core processors are good gaming performers.

Sandy Bridge-E processors like Rs. 42200 Core i7-4930K ride on LGA2011. If you choose one of these processors, you will want an LGA2011 motherboard with the X79 chipset to match, like the Rs. 20140 Asus P9X79 Pro. These expensive six-core processors are slightly slower in most games because of their slower clock speeds and slightly older core design, but they perform well in heavily-multithreaded benchmarks.
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Re: sugggestions for 6 monitor gaming rig

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:03 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:Haswell processors like Rs. 22084 Core i7-4770K, etc. ride on LGA1150. You will want an LG1150 motherboard with the Z87 chipset to match, like the Rs. 17278 Asus Z87 Pro. These quad-core processors are good gaming performers.

Sandy Bridge-E processors like Rs. 42200 Core i7-4930K ride on LGA2011. If you choose one of these processors, you will want an LGA2011 motherboard with the X79 chipset to match, like the Rs. 20140 Asus P9X79 Pro. These expensive six-core processors are slightly slower in most games because of their slower clock speeds and slightly older core design, but they perform well in heavily-multithreaded benchmarks.


So, haswell's better right?
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