- 8 months ago
So I’ve been working on and off for the past 6 months on assembling a part list. I’ve had no previous experience beforehand and learned a lot of things but still am a dumbass with purchase anxiety. My biggest concern was always the motherboard. I initially selected an Asus Prime Z370-A just because it was recommended by a hardware magazine. After doing some more research I noticed several people on the Internet said that a Z390 was generally the better choice. I looked up the differences between z370 and z390, but I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it for me. So I asked for feedback on the forums and someone recommended me the MSI - MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon. It looked fine to me and I thought to myself “ok now I have a z390, that’s off the list”. But I wanted to be sure that I made the right choice, so I posted my part list (https://de.pcpartpicker.com/list/VPJCNQ ) again on the forums. The response I got was this:
The motherboard VRMs aren't good for a 9900K but should be fine for an 8700K. You may want to check how many rear USB ports you need in your setup, because this board is somewhat limited there.You should aim for a 400A binned GPU. Especially since the XC Ultra is cheaper than Black you have selected.A VRM that can handle a 9900K, more USB options (and cheaper) on this motherboard.Up to 12% better GPU performance (and cheaper) GPU.
EDIT: Also, if you don't need 12 threads, the 9700K is a bit faster and €4 cheaper than the 8700K
(https://de.pcpartpicker.com/list/wfGmbX). The guy that i quoted here happens to use the exact same parts he recommended me, so I don’t know how biased this opinion is, the GPU is in fact better than the previous one, which is nice but I’m not sure if a binned GPU (never heard that term before, had to look it up) makes the whole thing so much better.
Now what do I make of this? I have no Idea how I should know if the VRMs are good or bad for my setup, infact I never thought about them before. I only plan on just using two monitors https://de.pcpartpicker.com/product/ZBZ2FT and https://de.pcpartpicker.com/product/kXH48d , keyboard+mouse and headphones. The thing is, my current monitor, the Philips one, only has a HDMI and a VGA port so I guess I’ll probably use an adapter for it. So what would be the best course of action? I browsed some motherboards and noticed that most of them have less USB ports than the current one on my list while having a USB Type-C port which the Aorus Elite seems to miss. Again I have no idea if I should have one, the only thing I can think of that uses one is my phone, but since most motherboards have one there is probably a good reason for that. One that stood out was the ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming 6 ATX (https://de.pcpartpicker.com/product/LsrmP6 ), that has a VGA-port - which would be convenient, but then again, I could just get myself an adapter. So many options, and I have absolutely no idea what my decision should be and what to base it on. And this doesn’t even factor in VRMs and all that extra stuff (I don’t care about RGB and have no plans on overclocking right now, I might consider it in the future, but I honestly have no idea).
How do I make a decision here? Or am I just overthinking all of this? Any ideas?
Quick sidenote at the end, ever since I had a z390 on my list, pcpartpicker notifies me of this thing with M.2 slots disabling SATA-ports. Is this an issue or doesn’t it matter as long as I don’t plan on connecting additional stuff to the motherboard?