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Windows 7: Motherboard Comparison, what do you think?

22 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
 
 
Motherboard Comparison, what do you think?

For a gaming computer:

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Review » Page 5 - MSI Z87-G45 Specifications & Features - Overclockers Club
vs.
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Motherboard | Hardware Secrets
vs.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=4518#sp

All very equally priced, which one would you choose?

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22 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Those are socket 1150 motherboards, are you planning a Haswell build?
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22 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
 
 

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22 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
 
 

Took a lot of information from this guide:
http://www.logicalincrements.com/
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22 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
 
 

The MSI card looks cooler, but is also a tiny bit more expensive. People say that all 3 cards are nearly identical performance-wise. I think I'll go with the MSI one.

EDIT: found an awesome review of Z87 mobos
changed my mind and buying the ASRock.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...view,3582.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...w,3582-26.html
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22 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I had, well actually still have an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard, it's not a bad board, the only things I didn't like about it was the fact it wasn't actually a full size ATX board (which I found out after I had bought it) and the fact that it would not run my 2400mhz ram at full speed. Apart from that its a pretty good board for the money. Boot times are very fast and I managed a 5.4GHz OC on it recently.
I know you will be getting the Z87 version, but I imagine it is similar. I ended up replacing it with an Asus Sabertooth, now that is a nice board. I swear by Asus boards now, it runs my ram at full speed, I have not had a single issue with it.
Have you looked at any Asus boards?

The rest of your list looks pretty good, but you do know that by just buying 1 stick of Ram that you will not be running Dual channel mode and will lose out on some performance. Personally I would go with either 2x4GB or 2X8GB if you can afford it then you will get the best performance. Also I would look at a higher quality of Ram, value ram might not be the best for a Gaming rig.

For the PSU Seasonic looks good.

Paul.
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22 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

i would get the asrock mobo and corsair psu. you may need a 600 or 750W psu however
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22 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
 
 

I checked the watt requirements and it recommended like 517w and minimum 485w or something.

As for the RAM I will definitely get 2x 4mb or 2x 8mb as you say, thanks for that info.

@N00berG00ber, the Corsair is the cheapest one, and the one with the least watt supply. I also found out it doesn't have the bronze mark which kinda sucks, but it is really good for the price nevertheless, but yeah I might need a better PSU after all.
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22 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

you want a good amount of head room on PSUs so they run at most efficient, and comply for capacitor aging. i would say 600W then.

CORSAIR CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
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22 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x84
 
 

Capacitor aging was taken in moderation when I calculated the watt requirements.

I used this calculator: eXtreme Power Supply Calculator
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