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Hello,

I have been wanting to upgrade my rig for a while now and since the i7-4790K is coming out soon I figure now is the time to do it. Problem is, I do not know what motherboard to choose when it comes down to it.

I have been looking around and these are the board I think would suit my needs but I am not sure which is best so any help in that area would be great. I should also mention that I would like to do some overclocking and I do not know what board would be best for that.

Here are the boards I think I would want:
MSI Z97-Gaming 9 AC
MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming
ASRock Z97 PROFESSIONAL
Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO
MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC


Those are the ones I think would work for me, some are a little out of my price range but I can manage. Also please to tell me if there is another board out there that completely blows these out of the water.

Thank you for your help!
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    The Z97 Extreme4 is also a great contender if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck. It's what I would buy as more expensive boards aren't significantly better if all you're planning to do is sane overclocking and dual GPU SLI.
  2. DonQuixoteMC said:
    The Z97 Extreme4 is also a great contender if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck. It's what I would buy as more expensive boards aren't significantly better if all you're planning to do is sane overclocking and dual GPU SLI.


    Ok, I was leaning towards the MPower Max AC since it has both a 8 and 4 pin connector for power but if that is totally unnecessary and over the top then that changes what I need to look for. The Z97 Extreme 4 looks pretty good and it has a nice price tag. But I have read some reviews and it looks like it can't fit huge GPU's and I have already had trouble with mine in my current mobo so I do not know quite yet. I'm going to keep looking.

    Thank you for your help :)
  3. What GPU do you have?
  4. DonQuixoteMC said:
    What GPU do you have?

    Right now I have a Radeon HD 7950 and its longer than my Mobo and it doesn't leave enough room for a push/pull config for my rad. I suppose it could be my case, which is a Cooler Master HAF XB but I do know that this GPU is large.
  5. Oshimoto said:
    Right now I have a Radeon HD 7950 and its longer than my Mobo and it doesn't leave enough room for a push/pull config for my rad. I suppose it could be my case, which is a Cooler Master HAF XB but I do know that this GPU is large.


    You're correct. In this case, the problem is the case. :P

    But I understand if you don't feel comfortable buying it. I wouldn't worry about it not fitting the motherboard though.
  6. DonQuixoteMC said:
    Oshimoto said:
    Right now I have a Radeon HD 7950 and its longer than my Mobo and it doesn't leave enough room for a push/pull config for my rad. I suppose it could be my case, which is a Cooler Master HAF XB but I do know that this GPU is large.


    You're correct. In this case, the problem is the case. :P

    But I understand if you don't feel comfortable buying it. I wouldn't worry about it not fitting the motherboard though.


    Yeah, half way through typing that response I was like oh! its probably the case, lol.

    I think that is a good board but I am going to keep looking for a bit.

    Thanks again for your help!
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