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Most suitable new z97 mobo for first time builder? which one is best?

Hello :) I'm building my first PC finallyy..and I have a few questions regarding pretty much all aspects of my build as I'm trying to get the best possible combination and get a machine that won't fail on me in the long run:) this part is the mobo..im decided on the cpu and cooler..I have spent 2+ months on research and getting to know a few technical terms and products..

Which mobo would be best?

Asus z97 pro (wifi)
Maximus hero vii

I'm not too convinced on MSI and Gigabyte..how are they? Would it be safer to go with Asus instead? The ud and soc force look pretty good

My build:

I5 4670k
Cm hyper Evo 212
A z97mobo..
G.skill ripjaws x 8gb (4x2) @1866
840 pro series 256gb
WD 1tb blue
Raedon r9 270x
Cooler master 690 iii
Seasonic g 550w
Windows 7 home
Oc..not extreme. Not heavy gaming.

Thanks guys :)
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  1. BengaliTiger said:
    Hello :) I'm building my first PC finallyy..and I have a few questions regarding pretty much all aspects of my build as I'm trying to get the best possible combination and get a machine that won't fail on me in the long run:) this part is the mobo..im decided on the cpu and cooler..I have spent 2+ months on research and getting to know a few technical terms and products..

    Which mobo would be best?

    Asus z97 pro (wifi)
    Maximus hero vii

    I'm not too convinced on MSI and Gigabyte..how are they? Would it be safer to go with Asus instead? The ud and soc force look pretty good

    My build:

    I5 4670k
    Evo 212
    A z97mobo..
    G.skill ripjaws x 8gb (4x2) @1866
    840 pro series 256gb
    WD 1tb blue
    Raedon r9 270x
    Cooler master 690 iii
    Seasonic g 550w

    Oc..not extreme. Not heavy gaming.

    Thanks guys :)


    Definitely the Hero
  2. The Hero is probably more than you need. I'd recommend a middle tier mobo per http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z97-motherboard,3824.html eg ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 or Asus Z97-A
  3. I'm leaning towards the pro more as its has WiFi and Bluetooth..rog seems like a marketing gimmick..but the hero is raved on the net..will I really need Al them gaming software and connections? :/
  4. No.

    The ASRock was recommended by Tom's.
  5. But I have enough to spend a tad bit more, and I'm not looking to upgrade much in the near future..and again the wiWiFifi and Bluetooth..
  6. How does the extreme 4 compare with the fatal1ty mobos by asrock? And are the benchmark differences really noticeable? Because as long as Iget the needed connections and features I can use the money for better graphics card.. Also durability a hugw factor for me.. The ranger seems a great option too.. Lots of options:/
  7. I'd go the Z97 Hero, picked mine up at release, currently running it w/ a 4770K while we wait for the DC K model release CPUs...the Z87 Hero was the class of Z87s (mine in sig) and the new Z97 Hero is even better, OCs better at lower voltage, can handle even faster DRAM, runs cooler overall, love it so far, think will even more with the refresh CPUs
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($142.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $142.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-08 15:10 EDT-0400)
  9. Sorry for the English :/
  10. The a has crappy sound..

    O yea my system is basicly like home theater/daily/gaming use..

    So it must have good sound built in..
  11. Most mobos now have great sound.

    Tom's recommends the ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z97-motherboard,3824.html
    But the Asus Z97 -A is good too.

    All you need is optical spdif out - which they all have these days. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1491&products_id=27553
  12. What diggerneces between extreme4 and extreme 6 and fatal1ty mobos? And the ranger?
  13. Google their specs and compare yourself.

    Or look on - http://www.asus.com/us/site/motherboards/Z97/comparison/
  14. OK its now down to

    Maximus ranger
    Extreme4
    Fatal1ty killer z97x
  15. Price them and make your choice.
  16. Asrock has 12 power phases while others have 8.

    ?? Is this another reason to go with extreme4?

    And killer vs Intel??
  17. Bump!

    Power phases? How big of a factor is this??

    And as rocks reliability? I'm still not convinced..:/

    Ud3h
    Extreme 4
    Z97 pro
  18. Best answer
    More power phases means better voltage control means finer overclocking control etc.

    ASRock has been real good over the past few years. Its now more popular really only being beaten by Asus.

    Asus has a better rep for quality. ASRock more for good value.
  19. I ended up choosing the extreme4 :)
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