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February 1, 2014 7:47:18 PM

Looking to switch to an i7 4770k and need a good motherboard. Ive been looking at these two mobo, and cant figure out which would be better. Im mainly looking to play games and stream my gameplay.

Thank you for any help!
February 1, 2014 7:54:47 PM

I am by no means an expert, but I have heard the ASUS has a better handle on the Z87 chipset, and that MSi has not so great quality control. But I would go with ASUS if the specs are even.
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February 1, 2014 8:18:58 PM

Look, both are great motherboards and Asus has their better reputation, But..That MSI motherboard is a pretty darn good Z87 Board and to be honest both are great boards but the Asus tops the reliability list. I have another alternative which will temp you, ASRock. ASRock in short are extremely reliable and offer the best performance/value then any other brand. Don't make value put you off quality though, these boards are very high quality and have very good performance. Motherboards don't really help out in gaming and isn't really worth spending big bucks on. I will propose that you get one of ASRock Gaming series motherboards like The Z87 Killer or a more similar price to the ones you listed, the Z87 Professional. I would honestly take the Z87 Professional over the motherboards you listed simply as it is the better motherboard and has lots of features.

Z87 Killer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z87 Professional:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 1, 2014 9:27:53 PM

AminWinsGaming said:
Zhorzh said:
Looking to switch to an i7 4770k and need a good motherboard. Ive been looking at these two mobo, and cant figure out which would be better. Im mainly looking to play games and stream my gameplay.

Thank you for any help!


ASUS JUST ASUS

I Wont Touch MSI Due There Poor Quality Control, Quality And Customer Service



not true, almost all customer service is terrible, and the quality as actually improved on their Gaming boards.
February 1, 2014 9:30:49 PM

ssjelf said:
I am by no means an expert, but I have heard the ASUS has a better handle on the Z87 chipset, and that MSi has not so great quality control. But I would go with ASUS if the specs are even.


unknownofprob said:
AminWinsGaming said:
Zhorzh said:
Looking to switch to an i7 4770k and need a good motherboard. Ive been looking at these two mobo, and cant figure out which would be better. Im mainly looking to play games and stream my gameplay.

Thank you for any help!


ASUS JUST ASUS

I Wont Touch MSI Due There Poor Quality Control, Quality And Customer Service



not true, almost all customer service is terrible, and the quality as actually improved on their Gaming boards.


I too have been hearing this and just wanted some extra opinions! Thank you for helping!
February 1, 2014 9:45:57 PM

unknownofprob said:
Look, both are great motherboards and Asus has their better reputation, But..That MSI motherboard is a pretty darn good Z87 Board and to be honest both are great boards but the Asus tops the reliability list. I have another alternative which will temp you, ASRock. ASRock in short are extremely reliable and offer the best performance/value then any other brand. Don't make value put you off quality though, these boards are very high quality and have very good performance. Motherboards don't really help out in gaming and isn't really worth spending big bucks on. I will propose that you get one of ASRock Gaming series motherboards like The Z87 Killer or a more similar price to the ones you listed, the Z87 Professional. I would honestly take the Z87 Professional over the motherboards you listed simply as it is the better motherboard and has lots of features.

Z87 Killer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z87 Professional:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for you insight. I know the motherboards don't play a key aspect in the department of gaming. My main issue is my current processor AMD FX-6350 Vishera. It really isnt bad for a low budget computer (which what mine was), but I want to upgrade and I have the money to upgrade parts. I figured if I spend more money on a few parts, then I can do the same thing in another two months (because nothing is wrong with my current build). I wanted to start with a new processor, which means I need a new motherboard. I just wanted to go ahead and get a nice board that will "upgrade" what I have.

If interested, this is my current build:
Processor: AMD FX-6450 Vishera
GPU: ASUS R7260X (Is next on list for upgrade)
HDD: WD Blue 500GB
RAM:G. SKILLS Ripjaws X series 8GB
MOBO: ASUS M5A97
Tower: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
PSU: Thermaltake SMART series 750 w
Dual monitor: ASUS VS228H-P (Main), Proview 17'
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February 1, 2014 9:56:06 PM

AminWinsGaming said:
Zhorzh said:
unknownofprob said:
Look, both are great motherboards and Asus has their better reputation, But..That MSI motherboard is a pretty darn good Z87 Board and to be honest both are great boards but the Asus tops the reliability list. I have another alternative which will temp you, ASRock. ASRock in short are extremely reliable and offer the best performance/value then any other brand. Don't make value put you off quality though, these boards are very high quality and have very good performance. Motherboards don't really help out in gaming and isn't really worth spending big bucks on. I will propose that you get one of ASRock Gaming series motherboards like The Z87 Killer or a more similar price to the ones you listed, the Z87 Professional. I would honestly take the Z87 Professional over the motherboards you listed simply as it is the better motherboard and has lots of features.

Z87 Killer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z87 Professional:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for you insight. I know the motherboards don't play a key aspect in the department of gaming. My main issue is my current processor AMD FX-6350 Vishera. It really isnt bad for a low budget computer (which what mine was), but I want to upgrade and I have the money to upgrade parts. I figured if I spend more money on a few parts, then I can do the same thing in another two months (because nothing is wrong with my current build). I wanted to start with a new processor, which means I need a new motherboard. I just wanted to go ahead and get a nice board that will "upgrade" what I have.

If interested, this is my current build:
Processor: AMD FX-6450 Vishera
GPU: ASUS R7260X (Is next on list for upgrade)
HDD: WD Blue 500GB
RAM:G. SKILLS Ripjaws X series 8GB
MOBO: ASUS M5A97
Tower: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
PSU: Thermaltake SMART series 750 w
Dual monitor: ASUS VS228H-P (Main), Proview 17'


Id Take A Look At The Asus Maximus Vi Gene Or Hero If You Wanna Lift Up Price Long lasting and excellent

No point spending more on a motherboard as there will be no performance advantage, just a few more features. Plus the ASRock Gaming boards come with lots of features and reliability for a really good price.
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February 1, 2014 9:59:48 PM

well on upgrading, Not very many people overclock but end up buying an unlocked processor "k" version. I'd save the money and get the non-k and hook it up with a Fatil1ty Motherboard by ASRock. the 4670 or 4570 Quad core processors are great and with a really good motherboard with it, there is no difference between that and an i7 with a $300+ motherboard in games performance wise.
February 2, 2014 12:20:34 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $189.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-02 00:56 EST-0500)


jeeze. the options. OK. so, now im really stuck. I can get the Asus z87 Pro (which i really like and was leaning towards) or I can get the Asus Maximus Vi Hero fo the same exact price from the site you listed. So my final question would be which would be the better of the two? Would the Asus Hero be that much of a difference than the Asus Pro?

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February 2, 2014 12:22:38 AM
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no performance difference, just more features. the Asus hero is their ROG series boards and they are very good, if you it is in your price range then get it but it depends on where you live
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