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Z97 board for new and first Intel build.

So as a lifetime AMD owner i am building my first Intel build due to Intel Retail Edge working at Best Buy i get the 4770k for half the price of the 8350. I know the 4770k is not as fast for streaming and multi tasking but i cant bring myself to stay AMD if i get such a great deal. so my question is i am looking for a really good Z97 board for under $180. I have looked at a few on Newegg like the MSI gaming 3. i am not sure the differences between Intel and AMD except that the 990fx has better PciE lanes. Any help would be appreciated. i plan to buy from Newegg or Best Buy, we dont get discounts on boards but i can price match. thank you for your time. its hard enough to buy Intel over the 8350 so your help is appreciated. o forgot to mention i have a radeon 6950 and 16gb of ripjaws ram with a 120g gskill SSD and 500g WD black HDD.
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  1. The i7-4770K beats the 8350 in every way, including streaming and multitasking. Not trying to be offensive, but that's a fact. And it really should, considering it costs almost double normally and they're not made to compete directly (direct cost competition of the 4770K is the FX-9590, not the FX-8350.) If you look at the benchmarks, the i7 is ahead even in fully multithreaded tests. http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4770K-vs-AMD-FX-8350

    This is a very nice Z97 board for $150. Even supports M.2 for some future proofing.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132118&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  2. 4770k does better in cinebench - http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4770K-vs-AMD-FX-8350

    990fx has more pcie lanes but only pcie3.0


    That MSI mobo is probably as good as you'll get for the money. If you have a bit moree to spend, have a look at Assus Z97 A, ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 and Extreme 6
  3. Rationale said:
    The i7-4770K beats the 8350 in every way, including streaming and multitasking. Not trying to be offensive, but that's a fact. And it really should, considering it costs almost double normally and they're not made to compete directly (direct cost competition of the 4770K is the FX-9590, not the FX-8350.) If you look at the benchmarks, the i7 is ahead even in fully multithreaded tests. http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4770K-vs-AMD-FX-8350

    This is a very nice Z97 board for $150. Even supports M.2 for some future proofing.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132118&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=


    I usually prefer single card anyway. Unless there is a good deal on 2 cards
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    @z97 board

    check out this article from tom's hardware, which went live today in the morning:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/mainstream-gaming-z97-motherboard,review-32948.html

    should sum up and answer all your questions
  5. Z97 is basically useless for now except SATA Express.
  6. I am going Z97 because i get this chance to get cheap upgrades 2x yearly. Figured i coulg get the 4770k then ( only $96 for me tmmorrow only) and then Broadwell next spring when it releases. My only other option is the 4930k but that jumps up to $191 and 2011 boards are really high and will be replaced soon.
  7. airborn824 said:
    I am going Z97 because i get this chance to get cheap upgrades 2x yearly. Figured i coulg get the 4770k then ( only $96 for me tmmorrow only) and then Broadwell next spring when it releases. My only other option is the 4930k but that jumps up to $191 and 2011 boards are really high and will be replaced soon.


    Well, in your case I would weigh up the pros and cons!

    If the upgrade is urgent, go for it, you will never regret it!

    On the other hand, if you can live about half year longer with your current build, wait and upgrade to intel with a Z97 board later.

    There is a reason why multiple revisions of specific motherboards exists (even on high build quality manufacturers like asus) so if you can wait a little longer, wait and get an updated Z97 board.

    ... but to be honestly, that's intel you will never regret buying such a board now!

    I just wanted to give you a short overview of even better options ,-)
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