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Best 250$ Motherboard for Gaming / Video editing 2014

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January 9, 2014 10:47:16 AM

Hello,
I am thinking about an SABERTOOTH z87, ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO or GIGABYTE Z87X-UD4H.

I Will be using an i7 4770K ( might OC a bit to 4 GHz )
A single R9 270x ( will update later to a GTX 8xx )
16 GB DDR3 CL9 1600MHz RAM
650W Seasonic G PSU

Wich one is the best for gaming and video editing at the same time?
Wich one has the best audio built in? ( I got a pretty expensive headset and I don't want to lose the sound quality or the 7.1 surround ) ( I guess all are good but just in case! )
Is it worth going for a ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO if I will be using only one GPU?
Do I have to use 2 fans that are included with SABERTOOTH z87? Or I can go without them?
Should I go for more MHz RAM instead ( 1800+ / 2400 )? Will it help me with video editing ( After Effects / Sony Vegas )

If know some other motherboards that will suit more to what I need, please share your thoughts!

Thanks :) 
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January 9, 2014 11:34:53 AM

I would go with the Maximus. It has a way better audio chipset than the other two. I'm partial to ASUS, but I think the Maximus looks nicer. The Z87 chipset is always going to have more than one PCI-E slot, so it won't matter which motherboard you choose in terms of GPU upgrading. That RAM should be fine for video editing. Actually, 4 GB would suffice. The CPU will be the most intensive component because it needs to render between formats. Don't get me wrong, more RAM is convenient, but not at all required.
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January 9, 2014 11:47:00 AM

allocco91 said:
I would go with the Maximus. It has a way better audio chipset than the other two. I'm partial to ASUS, but I think the Maximus looks nicer. The Z87 chipset is always going to have more than one PCI-E slot, so it won't matter which motherboard you choose in terms of GPU upgrading. That RAM should be fine for video editing. Actually, 4 GB would suffice. The CPU will be the most intensive component because it needs to render between formats. Don't get me wrong, more RAM is convenient, but not at all required.


I like the ASUS MAXIMUS most, but It's 100% into gaming motherboard and I feel like It's losing some options that those two other motherboards might have.
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January 9, 2014 12:00:36 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-989^13-131-989-TS%2C13-128-617^13-128-617-TS%2C13-131-976^13-131-976-TS&percm=13-131-976%3A%24%24%24%24%24%24%24

It is catered to gaming a little more than the other two, but it pretty much has everything the other two have with exception of some junkware. It also has an ROS Extension Header that allows you to control the BIOS from another computer, which is pretty neat.
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