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What motherboard to get? ASUS Z87 Sabertooth, Gigabyte-Z87X-UD3H or Maximus VI Hero?

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October 29, 2013 8:46:02 AM

Hi guys!

I'm getting a new computer:
i7-4770k, NVidia GTX660TI, Corsair 16gb (2x8gb) Vengeance, Corsair Hydro Series H60, 1TB HD, 250GB Samsung SSD, Corsair HX650 Power Supply.

But i don't know what motherboard to get between these:

ASUS Z87 Sabertooth
ASUS Maximus VI Hero
Gigabyte-Z87X-UD3H

I've heard that sabertooth is good, but it's more a durability MB. The Gigabyte it's cheaper and it's good and the maximus has a better sound than UD3H but a little less functions.

All 3 has great reviews, but what to get?!

More about : motherboard asus z87 sabertooth gigabyte z87x ud3h maximus hero

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October 29, 2013 6:28:34 PM

Looked at all of them, a few times, and built on all three, I went with the Hero, OCs the best, handles high end DRAM the best, both Asus mobos run cooler than the GB, better BIOS controls in the Hero and better audio
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November 1, 2013 9:38:43 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Looked at all of them, a few times, and built on all three, I went with the Hero, OCs the best, handles high end DRAM the best, both Asus mobos run cooler than the GB, better BIOS controls in the Hero and better audio


Just what i wanted to hear xD... Thanks!
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November 1, 2013 3:52:38 PM

Let us know how the build goes
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November 17, 2013 9:18:05 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Looked at all of them, a few times, and built on all three, I went with the Hero, OCs the best, handles high end DRAM the best, both Asus mobos run cooler than the GB, better BIOS controls in the Hero and better audio

Hey Trademan1, could you also tell me whether the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming is a good mobo or not? I am torn bettween this one, the Maximus Hero and Maximus Formula. I like the Formula for its "better" audio card and integrated wifi. But I heard that Sound blaster is a really good audio card and Killer is also one of the best at reducing game lags...
Edit: I am also concerning about the graphic cards. If I buy ASUS graphic cards will it be optimal with ASUS mobo? Or I can just use MSI graphic cards for an ASUS mobo? because as I see on the specs the MSI gaming OC card seems to have higher clock rate compares to the ASUS Direct CUII one. I am planning on getting 2 GTX 760s or 2 GTX 770s.
Thanks in advance!
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November 17, 2013 9:50:59 PM

The Formula has the the integrated wifi and built in water block and the ROG Armor, but between that and the Hero, I think I'd still go the Hero, I myself wouldn't use the water block, I know the Hero has great audio (that's my mobo), the armor to me is apain as it's a dust catcher and I'm in AZ, either is a great mobo, depends on if the extra features are worth the extra $100-110 to you, wifi is wifi, an inexpensive N USB adapter get the same reception as the integrated....On the MSI mobo, I won't touch their mobos for builds, primarily due to their poor QC, I get more problem calls on their mobos (port failures (SATA, Ethernet, USB, slot problems (DRAM, PCI-E), etc - and just today I saw where a couple their mobos got tanked doing BIOS updates..(and like wifi the 'killer' NIC is a NIC it was interesting there were all kinds of problems with them 'after' they were released and they had to issue a BIOS update to 'fix' it, you'd think they would have found a problem like that 'before' they put them out for sale - QC?
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November 19, 2013 12:27:23 AM

Thanks Trademan1. Ill' prob go with the Hero. Now I just need to figure out which graphics cards and power supplies should I get!
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November 19, 2013 7:16:43 AM

Budget?
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November 19, 2013 10:34:31 PM

My budget would be around 2k. I like in Canada so we don't usually get better prices like in the US. And this is what I am planning to build:
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/24c4G

However I am hesitating picking between these 4 cards for SLI:
-MSI N760 TF: http://
-EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR http://
-GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0: http://
-ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 http://
I like the MSI for its matching color scheme and it has a high base clock. I have heard a lot about how good Customer Service of EVGA is. And I think that the ASUS card might be better suited with the mobo (correct me if I'm wrong lol). Also I might get 770 SLI, depends on the prices on those days.

About Power Supply, I'm thinking about these (I chose the large ones mainly for future proofing):
-Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 1200W 80+ Gold: http://
-RosewillLIGHTNING-1300: http://
-EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 80 PLUS GOLD:http://
-ENERMAX Platimax EPM1000EWT 1000W:http://
-SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80+ Gold: http://
-Corsair AX1200i 1200W 80+ Platinum:http://

Any parts that should be changed/removed?
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November 20, 2013 6:42:47 AM

All the GPUs are the same chip, on nVidia cards I lean towards Asus and EVGA cards, both OC well and I particularly like the Asus cooling design

For PSUs, SeaSonic I believe sets the standard, also like the Silverstone and EVGA
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November 20, 2013 4:00:56 PM

Tradesman1 said:
All the GPUs are the same chip, on nVidia cards I lean towards Asus and EVGA cards, both OC well and I particularly like the Asus cooling design

For PSUs, SeaSonic I believe sets the standard, also like the Silverstone and EVGA


Now it's even more complicated for me to choose XD. But it's ok I still have about more than a week to decide. I think I'm just gonna go with whichever go lower. Thanks a lot! :) 
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November 20, 2013 5:05:46 PM

No worries, keep us updated as you go ;) 
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