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Asus Z87-A vs Pro

What are the main differences between the asus z87 A and the z87 pro. I am looking to see where I can cut back on my new build so it fits my budget more closely.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.15 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (£228.95 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.00 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans (£21.30 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans (£21.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£85.24 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.35 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1095.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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  1. I am also going to be removing one of the dual fans from the build
  2. Watched a video on newegg, and from what I gleaned from it. the pro has the following over the A:

    -2 more sata ports
    -wifi
    -intel nic (i series)
    -better heatsinks
    -better audio
    -more fan headers
  3. Would you say all that is worth £50. Considering the build I have chosen and that a wi-fi usb stick thing (excuse my terminology) costs no more than £10
  4. furhaanar said:
    Would you say all that is worth £50. Considering the build I have chosen and that a wi-fi usb stick thing (excuse my terminology) costs no more than £10


    There is currently a sale at Newegg for $100 off the Pro if you purchase it with a CPU. I ordered two myself.
    http://promotions.newegg.com/intel/13-2602/index.html
    They also give you another $15 to spend later, so it's really like it's $115 savings. They also throw in a free T-Shirt.
  5. Best answer
    Pro has slightly larger heatsink on capacitors and VRM
    A has 2 PCIe x1 and 2 PCI while Pro has 4 PCIe x1
    A does not support 3-way Crossfire but both support Quad SLI/Crossfire.
    A has VGA - DVI - HDMI - Mini DisplayPort and Pro has the same but regular DisplayPort.
    Pro has 2 additional SATA III using ASMedia controller.
    Realtek ALC-892 vs Realtek ALC-1150
    Realtek 8111-GR Gigabit vs Intel® Ethernet Connection I217-V
    Pro has Dual Band Wireless a/b/g/n Adapter
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