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z87 g45 or asus z87 pro?

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February 14, 2014 7:39:40 AM

I am looking at either a 4770k or a 4670k and i came across two motherboards i really like. people say that the two boards im comparing are from different tiers but i can get the z87 pro for $10 cheaper than a g45 board. Then there are people who say that z87 isnt good for gaming. I just want some guidance.

z87 pro - $135
g45 - $145

edit: i can get a g45 board for $140 with mail in rebate

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February 14, 2014 7:48:29 AM

The Asus Pro series is just as good for gaming. The only thing that makes one motherboard more capable than another "for gaming" within the same architecture and given the same features is the board's ability to facilitate overclocking. Unless you're forking out the cash for $200+ motherboards, you're really not going to find a board great for overclocking. If you're not applying extreme overclocks, either board you listed should be fine.

If $10 is nothing to worry about within the scope of your budget, then get the one you want. I prefer Asus boards. MSI did me wrong a couple of times early in my building days, so I've steered clear since.
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February 14, 2014 7:49:18 AM

I wouldn't mind on going with pro. Btw z87 mobo's are great for gaming, especially if you wan't to overclock.
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February 14, 2014 7:49:33 AM

ubercake said:
The Asus Pro series is just as good for gaming. The only thing that makes one motherboard more capable than another within the same architecture and given the same features is the board's ability to facilitate overclocking. Unless you're forking out the cash for $200+ motherboards, you're really not going to find a board great for overclocking.

If $10 is nothing to worry about within the scope of your budget, then get the one you want. I prefer Asus boards. MSI did me wrong a couple of times early in my building days, so I've steered clear since.


yeah ive heard problems with msi boards so might just go with the asus board since it is $5 cheaper :) 

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February 14, 2014 8:16:08 AM

Asus is also using a nicer color scheme these days with the black and gold. They used to use blue and white on everything.
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February 27, 2014 10:15:11 AM

no problems whatsoever with my g45. the uefi bios is odd to me, as im used to straight bios overclocking.
oh, and i can clock my 4670k to 4.8 pretty easy. most of a good overclock with haswell is whether you get a dud or not...more so than which mobo you choose.
PS my rigs primary use is gaming.
PSS there is nothing that haswell cant do well on its stock clocks, i overclock it for fun only. there is certainly no need to overclock ATM.
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