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i5 4670K - ASUS Maximus VI Hero vs MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming

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January 29, 2014 3:29:43 PM

Hi All,

I am building a new gaming rig and I'm stuck between these two motherboards. The price difference is only $30 on NCIX, so it's pretty close. I've heard ASUS is more reliable, but customer service sucks while MSI has great customer service but poor QC, so you run the risk of getting a lemon. The setup I will be running is:

MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
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ASUS Maximus VI Hero

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card

I plan on overclocking as much as the H100i and i5 let me, but I know both are apparently quite good at OC'ng, so not sure if one is better than the other.

Also, the future plan is to get another 770, so SLi matters, although again, I'm not sure if one is better than the other, since I won't be running 3 or 4 cards. Thanks in advance!
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January 29, 2014 3:46:12 PM

Asus all the way.
MSI has better service cause.....their products has more problems.
U dont want to be debugging all day.
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January 29, 2014 3:57:55 PM

I disagree. There are plenty of Asus problems on Tom's. I've had excellent results with my MSI MB.

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January 29, 2014 4:02:12 PM

I like the HERO , because I bought one , building it soon.
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January 29, 2014 4:15:29 PM

I bought the MSI board and I am currently using it. While its a great board and all; a week later the ASUS board came back in stock for $5 more. I decided to stick with the MSI because I had already set everything up and installed all my software. If I could go back though I'd go with the ASUS.

HOWEVER, for a $25-$30 difference, I'd stick with the MSI. It's not like either board is lacking in features or that one is much better than the other. Save that money for something else!
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January 29, 2014 5:12:33 PM

Heh, this thread is exactly like most I've read, people are split 50/50. If the prices were closer, I would definitely go with the ASUS - but since it's $30, I will most likely go with the MSI then. It sounds like I will need to spend more money on my video card anyways, so why not save some money here.
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February 9, 2014 5:05:09 PM

Consider ASUS MB it has more features, easy to overclock using AI suite III. I am just suggesting ASUS because base on experience I just built a gaming PC using ASUS Z87-PRO MB with i5 4670K CPU so easy to overclock. I hit 4.8 GHZ using cooler master T4 air cpu cooler.
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