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July 10, 2014 6:05:59 AM

I am looking to upgrade my motherboard so that I can run my two HD 7870's with AMD CrossfireX.

I have a large budget and don't expect to upgrade my motherboard for a while so I don't want to 'cheap out'.

I saw http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97%20Extreme4/ is recommended by Tom's Hardware and was considering this unless there is anything better.

Case: NZXT-Phantom
PSU: Corsair CX750M
CPU: Intel i5-3570K
GPU: AMD HD 7870(x2)
RAM: 4gbx2 Kingston, 4gbx2 Corsair

Thanks for any help.

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a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2014 6:19:17 AM

Thats a good board. There is better but your looking at diminishing returns for your money. So long as the board has all the headers you want, i'd say go for it. Look at your PSU next.
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a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2014 6:19:42 AM

The motherboard that you linked is fine.
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July 10, 2014 7:33:57 AM

Thanks for the input guys. If I were to buy the mobo-which I proabaly will-what limitations could I expect to encounter later on?
Should I look at getting the extreme6 or 9?
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a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2014 4:19:08 PM

No limitations. The 6 and 9 would probably overclock a bit better, and has ultra m.2, an extra USB3.0 header and thunderbolt AIC connectors, but if you don't want these features now, I don't see them being necessary in the near future. They will probably also handle 2 cards slightly better. You still get m.2/SATA Express on the 3 which is the main feature you're going to want soon.

If you have the money then a more expensive board will have some advantages, but it's certainly not necessary and as i mentioned I would change that PSU to something better. The CX has cheap capacitors, and isn't made to perform well in the temps of most gaming rigs.
This list ranks PSU quality, ideally you want tier 1 or 2.
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-su...
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a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2014 4:55:42 PM

The Z87 version of that motherboard was very popular. I expect that the new (Z97) version will be as good or better than the Z87.

I don't foresee any problems using it.

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July 10, 2014 10:48:10 PM

Disappointing to hear that about the cx750 as I only got it at Christmas and the reviews on amazon/newegg are great for it. Unfortunately I doubt that I will be able to return as the 30 day threshold for aamzon has long passed and it has no defects so I can't RMA. I've only over clocked my cpu so far but in the future I'll probably upgrade it.

Thanks for all the help and detailed answers!
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a b V Motherboard
July 11, 2014 4:58:45 AM

The CX's sting a lot of people. It's one of the most common PSU's that I see in first builders posts. They are ok for a general use PC (although there are better options), but when you're investing so much into a gaming rig, you don't need a PSU shooting you in the foot.
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