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Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems?
10/11/17 08:09 PM


> There are an insane number of almost-identically-spec'ed Asus motherboards (I see 8
> different ones on pcpartpicker with just the Z370 chipset and their comparison shows
> them all to be identical). Are there better ways to tell the difference?

I usually use Newegg for comparing motherboard features. While not perfect, they're a LOT more complete than PC Part Picker. Note that Newegg sometimes lists microATX motherboards under uATX for some reason.

I'm a BIG fan of microATX motherboards. There's almost no good reason to get a full-sized ATX motherboard anymore. With a microATX board, you can get a compact mini-tower case and not have the monolith from 2001 sitting next to your desk.


> And then what kind of cooling is recommended?

I still don't trust water cooling.

If you're not overclocking, I'd just go with a standard tower cooler from Cooler Master. Their Hyper 212 EVO is very popular and under $20 from Newegg after the $10 rebate.

If you want to overclock, this is probably the mother of all air coolers...

The Noctua NH-D15...

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4vzv6h/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd15

Here's the motherboard compatibility list for this cooler because depending on the board design, it can block the PCI-E slot closest to the CPU...

http://noctua.at/en/products/cpu-cooler-retail/nh-d15/comp


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* Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles 10/11/17 11:23 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? RdW  10/15/17 10:12 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 06:08 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/11/17 06:00 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  10/11/17 06:28 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Roman  10/16/17 03:05 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 08:09 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 06:55 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  10/11/17 08:18 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 11:42 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 11:39 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 04:11 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Haze  10/11/17 07:49 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/12/17 05:00 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Haze  10/11/17 02:34 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/11/17 05:47 PM

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