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z87 motherboard for i7 4770

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August 7, 2013 9:36:01 AM

I'm ordering the components for a new build today. Relevant parts list below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $748.96

I was originally going to go with an H87 motherboard, the ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance, since I don't plan on overclocking. However, all the H87 mobos come with very limited features.

I'm currently trying to decide between

Am I missing any good motherboards at the under $160 price range?

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a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2013 9:41:22 AM
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i would go with the msi, i just bought that motherboard a couple of days ago, and im waiting for it to be on my door step, its a good board, and its perfect for anything, whoever says that msi sucks they either had a bad time or they're stubborn. also i have observed the processor, the 4770k is 280 at micro center, if you have a local micro center, i highly advice you go get a unlocked processor because if you want to overclock, its a better choice, even if you dont want to overclock, its still a better choice because its cheaper.
August 7, 2013 9:48:22 AM

hbazzi98 said:
i would go with the msi, i just bought that motherboard a couple of days ago, and im waiting for it to be on my door step, its a good board, and its perfect for anything, whoever says that msi sucks they either had a bad time or they're stubborn. also i have observed the processor, the 4770k is 280 at micro center, if you have a local micro center, i highly advice you go get a unlocked processor because if you want to overclock, its a better choice, even if you dont want to overclock, its still a better choice because its cheaper.


The nearest Microcenter is 3 hours away plus I'd have to pay $18 in sales tax so, not really worth it. I really have no interest in overclocking. I'm building for stability, performance, silence and cost in that order. I was leaning towards the MSI but was worried about the problems people have with their boards. As you mentioned there's a fair number of bad reviews out there.

a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2013 9:53:24 AM

wow, then go with the 4770 i7, and the msi does the job, there are only a couple of people saying that because im pretty sure they had a bad past with msi, but if you look at the good views on newegg its a good board hands down. its made for gaming, and will get the job done! if you're not 100% confident go with the asus z87-a board. its another good option to go for gaming. always choose a best answer! people really appreciate it! :D 
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