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MSI Z87-G45 vs ASUS Maximus VI Hero

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March 23, 2014 12:51:21 AM

I've been looking at both of these motherboards and I'm not sure what to go with. The MSI board I can get in a bundle and save some money but I usually prefer Asus as a company. I've read some reviews on both boards and it seems like a lot more people are getting DOA boards or ones that die soon after installation on the Asus one. Is that something these boards are known for or is that not the boards fault. Let me know what you think.
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March 23, 2014 12:59:40 AM

I normally don't recommend ROG boards; they're quite pricey because you're paying for the bling.

I'd suggest the MSI one, or a Z87-A if you want to stay with Asus.
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March 23, 2014 1:29:04 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
I normally don't recommend ROG boards; they're quite pricey because you're paying for the bling.

I'd suggest the MSI one, or a Z87-A if you want to stay with Asus.


they're both about $200
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March 23, 2014 1:33:05 AM

Where are you buying from?
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March 23, 2014 1:38:25 AM

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Where are you buying from?


Newegg.ca The MSI board comes in a combo with the CPU an RAM I'm getting so I could save a few bucks but its not a big deal to me either way. As long as I pick the right one.
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March 23, 2014 1:40:31 AM

What's the CPU and RAM? I'll see if I can find a deal.
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March 23, 2014 1:53:21 AM

Any reason you're getting an i7? For gaming an i5-4670K will perform pretty much the same.

I'll have a look.

EDIT: If you stick with the i7, I'd get this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($346.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $551.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 04:55 EDT-0400)

Otherwise swap the CPU.
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March 23, 2014 1:56:48 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Any reason you're getting an i7? For gaming an i5-4670K will perform pretty much the same.

I'll have a look.


Gaming/Editing/Graphic Design lol
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March 23, 2014 2:01:28 AM

OK, then I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($346.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $621.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 05:01 EDT-0400)

You'll probably use the extra RAM.
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March 23, 2014 2:08:49 AM

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OK, then I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($346.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $621.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 05:01 EDT-0400)

You'll probably use the extra RAM.


Okay thanks :)  I guess I forgot to mention I was trying to go with a red and black color scheme since the parts I've already purchased red and black. It wouldn't be a big deal to me if my case didn't have a huge window lol. But I'll consider those.
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March 23, 2014 2:17:41 AM

Do you plan to get a second GPU in future?
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March 23, 2014 10:44:14 AM

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Do you plan to get a second GPU in future?


Yeah I'm actually planning on it once I finish building it.
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March 24, 2014 1:51:57 PM

NickHalls said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Do you plan to get a second GPU in future?


Yeah I'm actually planning on it once I finish building it.


Then consider getting the MSI Z87-GD65, it's a great board, kind of an imitation of the ROG boards, it supports SLI and many other cool features.
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March 24, 2014 4:33:07 PM

estilen said:
NickHalls said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Do you plan to get a second GPU in future?


Yeah I'm actually planning on it once I finish building it.


Then consider getting the MSI Z87-GD65, it's a great board, kind of an imitation of the ROG boards, it supports SLI and many other cool features.


Whats about it is better than the G45?
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March 24, 2014 7:19:25 PM

Very little, IMHO.
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March 25, 2014 9:51:23 AM

I think that the G45 doesn't support SLI.
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March 25, 2014 11:19:00 AM

estilen said:
I think that the G45 doesn't support SLI.


Yes it does.
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March 25, 2014 12:07:59 PM

NickHalls said:
estilen said:
I think that the G45 doesn't support SLI.


Yes it does.


Oops my bad
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