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June 3, 2013 4:46:06 AM

im new to computer building and was wondering whats the best value z87 mobo for gaming so far looking at a price that is not higher than 200$ the cpu i got is i5 4670k and gtx770 and I will be overclocking to not more than 4.2-4.3 or somthing near that. Im really having a hard time picking one please help I dont want to pick somthing that is expensive and not use most of its features also not somthing that is really cheap that will make me regret it on the long term. I just want somthing decent and fits a casual gamer

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June 3, 2013 6:32:33 AM

chesteracorgi said:
A selection around $200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

And a selection around $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

I have been using ASRock motherboards in builds since 2011 (and the advent of SandyBridge), ands can recommend them from experience. The gaming MSI mobos are interesting, but any of the 10 mobos can probably do the job for you.

im not interested in SLI and the asrock
seems to have alot of features and i can see that "Supported CPU Technologies" for MSI gaming has no support for turbo boost is that true ?:s
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June 3, 2013 8:01:16 AM

still hard to decide which one is the best out of all of these :s lol
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June 3, 2013 9:14:11 AM

I don't care for boards with WIFI.

I like ASUS quality and reliability.
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June 3, 2013 9:17:24 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
I don't care for boards with WIFI.

I like ASUS quality and reliability.


Doesnt that save you some money instead of buying an external wifi card?
And could you explain what are the advantages of that asus over other mobos?
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June 3, 2013 9:18:58 AM

If you want that option , i guess it's ok , but i use USB.
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June 3, 2013 11:09:20 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
If you want that option , i guess it's ok , but i use USB.


Could you please kindly tell me why did u prefer asus pro over all those mobos? Just so i can consider what features are important what arnt
Thank u in advance i appreciate ur help!
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June 3, 2013 11:20:10 AM

embty said:

Could you please kindly tell me why did u prefer asus pro over all those mobos? Just so i can consider what features are important what arnt
Thank u in advance i appreciate ur help!


ASUS mobo's are quality mobo's. Especially their TUF series, and above of all the ROG series are unbeatable on the market
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June 3, 2013 11:51:41 AM

Sabertooth line is exceptional.
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June 3, 2013 11:53:53 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Sabertooth line is exceptional.


The thermal armor is just awesome, also the gryphon is interesting.
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June 3, 2013 12:35:51 PM

TheMentalist said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
Sabertooth line is exceptional.


The thermal armor is just awesome, also the gryphon is interesting.

the gryphon is also cheap 170$ but only comes as a micro ATX is that a problem

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June 3, 2013 12:52:17 PM

ASUS Gryphon Z87 TUF Micro-ATX Motherboard

Top notch micro board.
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June 3, 2013 12:56:01 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
ASUS Gryphon Z87 TUF Micro-ATX Motherboard

Top notch micro board.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12AJx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12AJx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12AJx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($266.30 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1420.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 15:54 EDT-0400)
this is my dream build its a bit overpriced for me my budget was around 1100-1200$
Do you think I should replace sabertooth with gryphon?
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June 3, 2013 9:49:02 PM

This is what I'd do... Get rid of 8GB of RAM, you won't need it for gaming and you could spend it better elsewhere. Go for the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING motherboard, which is exceptionally well reviewed and great value. And possibly even upgrade to a 250GB SSD, so you won't have to worry about space, the Samsung non pro is good value.
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June 3, 2013 11:28:24 PM

TheOC said:
This is what I'd do... Get rid of 8GB of RAM, you won't need it for gaming and you could spend it better elsewhere. Go for the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING motherboard, which is exceptionally well reviewed and great value. And possibly even upgrade to a 250GB SSD, so you won't have to worry about space, the Samsung non pro is good value.

took youre advise but still cant decide on the mobo

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12MLf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12MLf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12MLf/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1087.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 02:27 EDT-0400)
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June 4, 2013 8:45:57 AM

embty said:
TheOC said:
This is what I'd do... Get rid of 8GB of RAM, you won't need it for gaming and you could spend it better elsewhere. Go for the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING motherboard, which is exceptionally well reviewed and great value. And possibly even upgrade to a 250GB SSD, so you won't have to worry about space, the Samsung non pro is good value.

took youre advise but still cant decide on the mobo

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12MLf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12MLf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12MLf/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1087.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 02:27 EDT-0400)


As I said, check the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING motherboard out, plenty of great reviews for it already. I bought that RAM, good choice. If you're not going to use that Bluray much swap it for the cheapest DVD drive you can find and put some of that saved money towards other things. You could get a slightly better PSU, 750w plus if you'll SLI, I have 650w. Maybe a 3TB external HDD (best value right now) or smaller, but only if you think you will need more space. You might already have storage you can use and you can add this at a later date when they might be cheaper anyway. Think about what fans you might want if any. Looking good though.
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