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Trying to find the best mobo under $160.

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November 14, 2013 9:43:44 AM

I need the best Z87 LGA 1150 Motherboard for under $160.

Here is my current build if it helps. Color doesnt matter and I cant spend more than $160.
Do you think my current mobo selection is good?


Also, for the case fans, I wont have enough money to get more than 3 right away.
I am replacing the fans on the H100i with the 120mm high static fans and I am putting a 140mm fan on the back. I think the case 750D comes with 2 in the front. Will this be enough for a few weeks to run my build until I can afford 2 120mm fans for the bottom and 2 140mm fans to replace the front ones?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.75 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.61 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($384.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($384.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Total: $2029.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 12:42 EST-0500)

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a c 1163 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 9:48:32 AM

Between your current one and this Asus http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87plus
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November 14, 2013 12:40:20 PM

To me it would just be brand preference, if anything the Gigabyte has a slightly better sound chip in the ALC898.
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November 14, 2013 4:25:02 PM

rolli59 said:
To me it would just be brand preference, if anything the Gigabyte has a slightly better sound chip in the ALC898.


Definitely although I'm pretty sure the ALC898 and Gigabyte would have on-par sound.
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November 15, 2013 5:44:48 AM

That is a very good board a class above the others but it is impossible to say what will come missing, sometimes you get it all.
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