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March 3, 2014 9:32:00 PM

Hey guys,

Im building a new pc, and I need to pick a motherboard. It will be for gaming and yes, I will overclock.
Here's some things to consider:

I will use an i7 4770k CPU.
It needs to overclock my CPU nicely to 4.5 ghz.
It needs to be ATX size.
I'm going to SLI after saving up, so I will need a 2-way SLI capable mobo.
I will over clock my gpu too soon.
I'm using a 650w 80+Gold fully modular psu inside an nzxt phantom 410.
It needs to last me a while before i build a new pc (5 years maybe).
I will stream games/photo editing and video editing-render.
I will get 1866mhz Crucial Ballistix XT 2x8 gb modules.
I need USB 3.0 headers.

Preferred manufacturers:
1. Asus/gigabyte/ASrock
2. Bio star/MSI(i heard many bad things about MSI, haven't had any personal experience though).

Which one do you guys reccomend?

Thnx.
March 3, 2014 9:36:30 PM

MSI Z87-G45 is what I have and I love it, plus it fits nice and snug inside my 410
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March 3, 2014 9:40:13 PM

Ckauerauf said:
MSI Z87-G45 is what I have and I love it, plus it fits nice and snug inside my 410


+1

and maximus vi hero
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March 3, 2014 9:47:49 PM

Go for Asus Maximus VI Formula or Asus Maximus VI Hero. These are ROG series boards from Asus designed for gaming and overclocking. My own experience with Formula is superb. It has many features, very stylish board with loads of potential
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March 3, 2014 9:51:10 PM

EasyLover said:
Go for Asus Maximus VI Formula or Asus Maximus VI Hero. These are ROG series boards from Asus designed for gaming and overclocking. My own experience with Formula is superb. It has many features, very stylish board with loads of potential


They are $50 over my budget.
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March 3, 2014 9:52:36 PM

Ckauerauf said:
MSI Z87-G45 is what I have and I love it, plus it fits nice and snug inside my 410


But will it oc good? I heard that this msi board cant oc more than 4.2 ghz without having issues.
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March 3, 2014 9:58:59 PM

the gaming version of msi has good ocing capabilities
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March 3, 2014 10:14:12 PM



Lol this is the exact same problem I've had before, I can't choose the best out of the options.
From my lazy research:
The extreme6 has 22% of its reviews as bad on newegg
The fatality killer was what I liked a lot and it had 14% of its reviews saying its bad(not bad actually)
The gigabyte d3h has only 10% bad reviews(by far the best I've seen).
And the asus.....well it only has 2 reviews.

Can you pick the best one plz? I knows its a noob request but i actually can't decide. Another option to consider is the MSI, many people have reccomended it on this website.
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March 3, 2014 10:17:10 PM

nashdes001 said:
the gaming version of msi has good ocing capabilities


Ok, since tons of people are reccomending the msi, it will be one of my good options. So the asrock z87 fatal1ty killer, gigabyte z87 d3h, gigabyte z87 d3hp, asus z87-a, asrock extreme 4 and MSI z87 g45 gaming are my options. Still can't figure out which is best.
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March 3, 2014 10:35:52 PM

Go with ASRock Z87 Extreme 6. In this price range you'll have all the functionality that you want from high end mobo: Check the features

Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 12 Power Phase Design, Dual-Stack MOSFET
Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2933+(OC)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x mini-PCIe
Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™
Graphics Output Options : DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
10 x SATA3, 1 x eSATA, 8 x USB 3.0, 7 x USB 2.0
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel with 2.5" HDD/SSD Rack, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key
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March 3, 2014 10:36:17 PM

u see all z87 chipset are good for ocing
z87 g45 gaming has some xtra features that other dont have
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March 3, 2014 10:54:32 PM

nashdes001 said:
u see all z87 chipset are good for ocing
z87 g45 gaming has some xtra features that other dont have


Ok, so now it's all down to msi z87 g45 gaming or asrock extreme6.
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March 3, 2014 10:55:34 PM

nashdes001 said:
u see all z87 chipset are good for ocing
z87 g45 gaming has some xtra features that other dont have


Yes, and it looks epic as well. I'm leaning towards it over the asrock extreme6, but it may change....
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March 3, 2014 10:56:55 PM

EasyLover said:
Go with ASRock Z87 Extreme 6. In this price range you'll have all the functionality that you want from high end mobo: Check the features

Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 12 Power Phase Design, Dual-Stack MOSFET
Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2933+(OC)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x mini-PCIe
Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™
Graphics Output Options : DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
10 x SATA3, 1 x eSATA, 8 x USB 3.0, 7 x USB 2.0
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel with 2.5" HDD/SSD Rack, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key



Ok, so now im left with extreme6 and g45 gaming. Lol ik im asking many questions, but this is the last one, which one of those two is better?.
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March 3, 2014 11:04:54 PM

Kakorat119 said:
nashdes001 said:
u see all z87 chipset are good for ocing
z87 g45 gaming has some xtra features that other dont have


Yes, and it looks epic as well. I'm leaning towards it over the asrock extreme6, but it may change....


choose which ever u want!
my suggestion msi
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March 3, 2014 11:29:23 PM

Kakorat119 said:
EasyLover said:
Go with ASRock Z87 Extreme 6. In this price range you'll have all the functionality that you want from high end mobo: Check the features

Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 12 Power Phase Design, Dual-Stack MOSFET
Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2933+(OC)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x mini-PCIe
Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™
Graphics Output Options : DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
10 x SATA3, 1 x eSATA, 8 x USB 3.0, 7 x USB 2.0
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel with 2.5" HDD/SSD Rack, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key



Ok, so now im left with extreme6 and g45 gaming. Lol ik im asking many questions, but this is the last one, which one of those two is better?.


Ok. I've compared both mobos. You are good to go with MSI G45 as this mobo beats Extreme in some features. At basic level both are at par.

Good Luck,
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March 3, 2014 11:37:55 PM

EasyLover said:
Kakorat119 said:
EasyLover said:
Go with ASRock Z87 Extreme 6. In this price range you'll have all the functionality that you want from high end mobo: Check the features

Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 12 Power Phase Design, Dual-Stack MOSFET
Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2933+(OC)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x mini-PCIe
Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™
Graphics Output Options : DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
10 x SATA3, 1 x eSATA, 8 x USB 3.0, 7 x USB 2.0
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel with 2.5" HDD/SSD Rack, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key


Thnx for the input!
Ok, so now im left with extreme6 and g45 gaming. Lol ik im asking many questions, but this is the last one, which one of those two is better?.


Ok. I've compared both mobos. You are good to go with MSI G45 as this mobo beats Extreme in some features. At basic level both are at par.

Good Luck,


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March 3, 2014 11:38:30 PM

nashdes001 said:
Kakorat119 said:
nashdes001 said:
u see all z87 chipset are good for ocing
z87 g45 gaming has some xtra features that other dont have


Yes, and it looks epic as well. I'm leaning towards it over the asrock extreme6, but it may change....


choose which ever u want!
my suggestion msi


Thnx! I've chosen to go with msi.
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March 3, 2014 11:40:33 PM

Good luck.
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April 6, 2014 3:21:30 AM

Have you thought about the msi z87-gd65?


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