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Selecting a motherboard: asus z87 pro vs gigabyte z87x udh3 vs msi z87 GD65

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September 25, 2013 8:48:51 AM

Hi there,
As the title suggests these are the 3 motherboards im tossing up between.
I have an i5 4670k and for the time being dont plan on doing any overclocking as correct me if im wrong there is no performance fps gain for gaming as the 4670k has more than enough juice.
All 3 motherboards are practially the same price where I am so money is not a factor and I dont care about looks at all, purely based off of performance and features what would be the best choice in your opinion?
Thanks
Finn
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September 25, 2013 8:52:47 AM

The Asus would be my choice.
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September 25, 2013 10:10:05 AM

I would pick the msi-gd65 gaming it looks great, preforms well and if you decide to overclock is a good overcloker
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September 25, 2013 3:45:23 PM

rolli59 said:
The Asus would be my choice.


Thanks for the reply roli,
What is it about the asus that sets it apart in your opinion?
Finn
September 25, 2013 3:47:01 PM

diazalon said:
I would pick the msi-gd65 gaming it looks great, preforms well and if you decide to overclock is a good overcloker


Thanks for the reply,
The msi has jumped in price and is now $25 more expensive than the pro, would you still recommend it?
Finn
a b V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 3:54:10 PM


The Asus has wifi and Bluetooth built in. The MSI has an msata port which i think is pretty cool.
Not much difference in overclocking performance on Z87 boards so just go on which features you want.
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September 25, 2013 3:57:56 PM

Finnb said:
rolli59 said:
The Asus would be my choice.


Thanks for the reply roli,
What is it about the asus that sets it apart in your opinion?
Finn

Like their previous series P8Z77V Pro it comes with good features such as built in WIFI and excellent power phases design for good overclock.
September 25, 2013 4:03:03 PM

Thanks for the replies guys, as the computer is for gaming is there any need or point in overclocking? I have a 4670k so that should have more than enough power. With this in mind should I go for a cheaper one such as the gigabyte ga-z87x-d3h or ud3h?
Finn
a c 270 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1023 V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 4:48:52 PM

UD3H would be my choice between those Gigabyte boards.
September 25, 2013 5:06:11 PM

rolli59 said:
UD3H would be my choice between those Gigabyte boards.


What about between the ud3h and the z87 pro? There is a $20 differnece between them?
Thanks for the help
Finn
a c 270 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1023 V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 5:10:56 PM

Finnb said:
rolli59 said:
UD3H would be my choice between those Gigabyte boards.


What about between the ud3h and the z87 pro? There is a $20 differnece between them?
Thanks for the help
Finn

I prefer Asus which is a higher class board comparable to Gigabyte UD5 + you get the wifi.

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September 25, 2013 6:02:03 PM
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I'd chime in with Asus also, the Pro is a great mobo, an alternative at th same price is the Asus Hero, that's what I finally decided on for my personl rig, takes everything I throw at it, which is a lot
September 25, 2013 6:12:58 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I'd chime in with Asus also, the Pro is a great mobo, an alternative at th same price is the Asus Hero, that's what I finally decided on for my personl rig, takes everything I throw at it, which is a lot


Cheers tradesman,
I did look at the hero as it had better onboard audio but it is slightly more expensive where I live and would mean I would need to buy a separate network card on top of that so I decided against it in the end.
Thanks for the help guys.
Finn
PS just got your pm coincidently :) 
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September 25, 2013 6:20:05 PM

I'm no audiophile, but run TV through my rigs and also play music and the sound is much better than the norm realtec that comes with most mobos
September 25, 2013 6:24:24 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I'm no audiophile, but run TV through my rigs and also play music and the sound is much better than the norm realtec that comes with most mobos


It does sound good, however the $60 extra is out of my budget range, (30 for the board then an added 30 for the network card)
From what you've said the pro is still a good board? Would that be your next choice?
Thanks
Finn
a c 644 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1283 V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 6:36:18 PM

That would be my followup, yes, (you can always pretend it's red and black ;)  )
September 25, 2013 6:44:26 PM

Tradesman1 said:
That would be my followup, yes, (you can always pretend it's red and black ;)  )


Haha, no need, never really cared for aesthetics ;)  however my case is red and black so it would suit :p  ahh well the pro does seem like a good mobo :) 
Thanks for the help
Finn
a c 644 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1283 V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 6:48:10 PM

No problem, let us know how it goes ;) 
a c 270 Ĉ ASUS
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September 25, 2013 6:48:35 PM

You are welcome.
September 25, 2013 7:11:45 PM

One last question for you both, how does it compare to something a lot cheaper, like the asrock extreme 4?
a c 270 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1023 V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 7:17:30 PM

I believe that you are getting a more stable and longer lasting product with more features. The Extreme4 is a great budget board and has its place on the market along with some of the cheaper Asus boards.
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September 25, 2013 7:22:58 PM

The BIOS is better along with better voltage control, handles DRAM better, OCs better, run's cooler.....
September 25, 2013 7:25:48 PM

rolli59 said:
Finnb said:
rolli59 said:
UD3H would be my choice between those Gigabyte boards.


What about between the ud3h and the z87 pro? There is a $20 differnece between them?
Thanks for the help
Finn

I prefer Asus which is a higher class board comparable to Gigabyte UD5 + you get the wifi.


rolli59 said:
I believe that you are getting a more stable and longer lasting product with more features. The Extreme4 is a great budget board and has its place on the market along with some of the cheaper Asus boards.


So would it be wise to go with a more budget board?
My build is:
Gpu: likely the radeon r9 290x
Psu: corsair ax 860
Ram: corsair vengeance 8gb
Case: coolermaster storm enforcer
Cpu: i5 4670k
Cpu cooler: coolermaster hyper 212 evo
Ssd: samsung 840 pro 256gb
Hdd: wd 1tb black

So with this in mind would a budget board like the extreme 4 be better suited or the z87 pro?
Thanks for the advice
Finn
September 25, 2013 7:26:28 PM

Tradesman1 said:
The BIOS is better along with better voltage control, handles DRAM better, OCs better, run's cooler.....


So stick with the pro?
Finn
a c 270 Ĉ ASUS
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September 25, 2013 7:30:48 PM

Second that everything else is top of the line, go with a solid enthusiast board, the PRO.
a c 644 Ĉ ASUS
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September 25, 2013 7:31:31 PM

Yep, the Pro it is! ;) 
September 25, 2013 7:35:29 PM

Alright thanks a ton guys for the help, always used toms to get help but would be limited to reading others threads, was always a little apprehensive about actually posting myself ;)  stupid really, I'll let you know how it goes, won't be till November though :/  good things come to those who wait I suppose :D 
Really appreciate the advice
Finn
September 25, 2013 7:40:07 PM

Sorry, just a last check, would all this be compatible?
Still new to all this :p 
Finn
a c 270 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1023 V Motherboard
September 25, 2013 7:42:19 PM

Yes it is and most likely the PSU will be able to handle the second GPU as well in crossfire.
September 25, 2013 7:43:50 PM

rolli59 said:
Yes it is and most likely the PSU will be able to handle the second GPU as well in crossfire.


Awesome cheers roli :D 
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September 25, 2013 7:44:43 PM

While waiting, keep your list handy and your eye on prices, some of your components may go on sale/special - if they do and you can catch them then might do so
September 25, 2013 7:53:30 PM

Tradesman1 said:
While waiting, keep your list handy and your eye on prices, some of your components may go on sale/special - if they do and you can catch them then might do so


Will do, thanks tradesman
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September 25, 2013 7:56:24 PM

C U Around ;) 
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