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z87 vs z87 for i5-4690k?

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July 31, 2014 8:36:11 PM

Okay so the 4690k CPU is better than the 4670k (which is why it's odd that it is about $40 cheaper than the 4670k) so I have decided to go with that CPU. Now on pcpartpicker, it shows that with either a z87 or z97 mobo, there are no compatability issues. I am seeing that people are biased towards the z97 since it is newer and maybe better? For this specific cpu, which chipset should I go with? Since the Z97 came out, prices for the z87 dropped down a bit. Would it be smarter to go with a z87 rather than z97 for this reason? are there any real hinderances? I'm trying to find a mobo under $150 that is OCable and is pretty good for gaming. I'd prefer MSI unless you guys think Asus might be better.

For Z87 mobo, I am looking at the MSI Z87 G45

For Z97 mobo, I am looking at either the MSI Z97 G45 or MSI Z97 Gaming

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July 31, 2014 8:43:36 PM

You can go with either. But the Z87 needs t have a bios revision for the i5 4690k to work properly. Most already have.

Also consider - - ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 or Asus Z97-A
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July 31, 2014 8:45:50 PM

The biggest problem with z87 boards is the risk of buying a board that does not have an updated BIOS new enough to support your newer CPU out-of-the-box.

The z97 chipset also has slightly updated PCH connectivity if you want to use SATA Express / M.2 SSDs.
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July 31, 2014 8:48:21 PM

To use the Z87, you'll need to do a BIOS update to use the 4690K. If the price difference isn't a big deal, I'd go with the Z97 as it will give you more chip upgrade options down the road after Broadwell is released, but the Z87 will work fine. If you go with the Z87, might want to make sure that whatever board you pick can be BIOS flashed with USB and without the chip installed otherwise you end up in a situation where you have a board that can't be flashed without the chip, and a chip that can't be used with the board until its been flashed. Or get a board that ships with the proper BIOS. I'd vote for an Asus board, but I'm prejudiced, lol.
July 31, 2014 8:50:09 PM

ill go with the Asus z97-A. I originally wanted the VII HERo out of all of this but decided it was out of mu budget for now. Thanks all!!