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which one to prefer>> asus z87-a or pro

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June 22, 2014 12:55:51 AM

i have a mid budget gaming hub.

intel i7 4770 3.4ghz (~3.9 turbo),with dedicated intel hd 4600 gfx
4GB Module x4, DDR3 1600MHz
Zotac Nvidia gtx 770 amp ed - 2gb,DDR5
Corsair GS 600w
i have 1920*1080 hd 24' led monitor. @ 60hz
cooler master cabinet 912 HAF.

i am a die hard gamer.hope this setup would help me all latest games at 35+ fps at high or ultra setting's.

mobo ,i have two option's either asus z87 - A or pro,which one shud i prefer.?

i know,pro has inbuilt wifi,bluetooth anol.but i wouldnt be in need of those.other than these any thing which suits my taste...?

i would prefer SLI in future for my nvidia gpu,along vth any latest rig.
i am not planing for multi monitors..:) 

this z87 series has an inbuilt graphic's as well.i read it on their website.which give high time credits for my gaming rig.

other doubt: can I OC my proc with this z87,as it has a good feature BIOS setup.

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June 22, 2014 1:30:03 AM

You have a locked CPU so you can't overclock and there will be no benefit of Z87/Z97 chipset motherboard with it.

Get a H87/H97 chipset motherboard which supports SLI with i7-4770 to save some money.

As for your question Asus Z87-A will be sufficient for overclocking i7-4770k and supports SLI too. The integrated Graphics is in the CPU, so both Z87-A and Z87-Pro will support it.

Other differences between them are:-

Z87-Pro has slightly larger heatsink on capacitors and VRM
Z87-A has 2 PCIe x1 and 2 PCI while Z87-Pro has 4 PCIe x1
Z87-A does not support 3-way Crossfire but both support Quad SLI/Crossfire.
Z87-A has VGA - DVI - HDMI - Mini DisplayPort and Z87-Pro has the same but regular DisplayPort.
Z87-Pro has 2 additional SATA III using ASMedia controller.
Z87-Pro has better audio→Realtek ALC-892(Z87-A) vs Realtek ALC-1150(Z87-Pro)
Z87-Pro has better NIC→Realtek 8111-GR Gigabit(Z87-A) vs Intel® Ethernet Connection I217-V(Z87-Pro)
Z87-Pro has Dual Band Wireless a/b/g/n Adapter
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June 22, 2014 3:23:32 AM

sir,

but for future proof,its good to get a z87 right.

incase if i upgrade my core proc.

so in tht mater,a z87 is worth it right,even though i put few bucks more..

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June 22, 2014 3:46:58 AM

For future upgrades, get Z97 motherboard and pair it with Haswell-Refresh i7 4790 if you can, that way you can upgrade to Broadwell.

But will you really need any CPU upgrade since you are already opting for top dog i7-4770.
Intel has said nothing about increase in CPU performance of Broadwell line.

Overclocked i7-4770k will give you around 10% more performance than stock i7-4770.

So it makes more sense to get i7-4770k with Z87 motherboard
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June 22, 2014 3:50:15 AM

maktovic said:
For future upgrades, get Z97 motherboard, that way you can upgrade to Broadwell.

But will you really need any CPU upgrade since you are already opting for i7-4770.

Overclocked i7-4770k will give you around 10% more performance than stock i7-4770.



ok now i get that cleared.

mostly i would go for z87 - A.

will this be the best choice for me.

and sir with that gpu ,i mentioned prev,i can play games at high/ultra with 35+ fps right on 24 icnh monitor..:) 

thank you
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June 22, 2014 3:53:47 AM

GTX 770 will give you 45+fps @1080p + Ultra settings in majority of games and ~60fps @1080p+ High settings.

You'll need H97/Z97 chipset motherboard for Broadwell. Z87 may also support it through BIOS update but that's not sure.

Again, It makes more sense to get i7 4770k and pair it with Z87-A motherboard.

Z87-A is a great choice for overclocking i7-4770k without paying heavy premium, also supports SLI, so it will be best choice for you
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