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Windows 7: Z87 Motherboard Suggestions?


23 Nov 2013   #81

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I'm just going to 8.1 and see what happens. If I find issues I'll go back to 7. Not interested in dual booting as I'm going to go with one or the other OS.

Anyway my cooler just came in so off to the build. Next post should be from the new system.

Until then...
Hmm well mate I went 8 upgrade took all my 7 settings then got the free 8.1 and I run Classic Shell on the Sandy Bridge and Stardock8 on this laptop and to all intents and purposes I am just using 7 it is no different except some of the settings in the Control Panel.
Plus I can flip to the 8 setup whenever I feel like it and to get back it is only the flag key and X to get back to the desktop



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23 Nov 2013   #82

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
It up and running!

Well folks, the system is up and running. Still have some housekeeping to do with cable management and some other minor touches but this is....

BTW my Sapphire Radeon VAPOR-X R9 280X 3GB (OC Version) will be here by mid week. Can't wait

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Also, if anyone plans on this board with a HAF X case be aware the back plate for the CPU cooler bracket doesn't line up like it does with some boards. This is considered an EX-ATX MB....

Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 (Z87)
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Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5
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I went with Windows 8.1 and thus far no major issues yet driver wise, even my soundcard is working. It's interesting to note that Gigabyte has 8.1 drivers for their integrated on-board card which is based on the ZXR card I have, yet there are no 8.1 drivers for the ZXR itself. That said, one of the main features of this board is its on-board soundcard, but I'm going to use my card instead since it's much better. And thus far it's working on the standard 8 drives so...

I'm not using the Corsair Link software for the cooler just yet as I'm currently using both on-board USB Headers since I can't use my USB 3.0 front headers yet. Need an adapter. Long story. Anyway one is on order.

On, yeah, the H100i's fans are loud. Ordered the Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM Quiet Edition. Got a pair of them from Amazon for 26.99. They’re cheaper than the Noctua’s, and they’re black. Trust however when I say if these aren’t any better I will be going with the Noctua’s. They’re great fans, I just hate that brown color.

This UFEI BIOS drove me crazy at first, but I'm getting used to it, especially since switching to classic mode. I haven't used a UFEI before so it takes some getting used to

This RAM is kick-Ass!!! Four dims running at 1866 @ 1.5volts and 9-10-9-27. Man this is some good stuff.

That's it for now


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23 Nov 2013   #83

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well done mate, looks amazing
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23 Nov 2013   #84

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Well done mate, looks amazing
Thanks but I'm not finished yet. Hopefully it'll look better once I get the new card installed and tiddy up a few cable issues.
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23 Nov 2013   #85

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

That is beastly Drew! Even in this "unfinished" phase it looks phenomenal! Also, I use similar RAM, it's a set of Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB @ 1866MHz and it does run really well.......runs stable @ 9-9-9-24 1T too. Great lookin rig
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23 Nov 2013   #86

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Could you show us benchmarks?
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23 Nov 2013   #87

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Drew, That is one colorful mobo and rig. I'm sure it will give some great numbers and performance.
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23 Nov 2013   #88

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Could you show us benchmarks?
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Drew, That is one colorful mobo and rig. I'm sure it will give some great numbers and performance.
Haven't gotten around to doing any benches yet; I'm still installing programs. Plus I've got a midterm in my Business Law class Tuesday so I need to get working on that; can't be failing tests

And yeah I never said the system was color coordinated

Anyway the lights and stuff might look pretty but I won't be seeing them because of where the system sits...

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Anyway once I get the rest of the system sorted, including installing the new vid card when it comes in I'll do some quick benches and post here, and the "Show us your rig" forum


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24 Nov 2013   #89

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Well folks, the system is up and running. Still have some housekeeping to do with cable management and some other minor touches but this is....





Also, if anyone plans on this board with a HAF X case be aware the back plate for the CPU cooler bracket doesn't line up like it does with some boards. This is considered an EX-ATX MB....
lol, none of my boards have ever lined up properly with any of my boards (HAF, Lian Li, GT10) always just a bit "off"







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They’re great fans, I just hate that brown color.
Very common complaint
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This UFEI BIOS drove me crazy at first, but I'm getting used to it, especially since switching to classic mode. I haven't used a UFEI before so it takes some getting used to
Once you get used to it you will be hard pressed to wonder how you did without it

Looking good mate


(And yeah, I'm stardocked too which really does eliminate any real need to upgrade to 8.1 )
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24 Nov 2013   #90

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thank Patrick. Can't wait to get my new card this week. Should have it by Wednesday; just in time for Thanksgiving. If sitting around eating all day wasn't bad enough, now I get to sit around even more playing with my new toy.

Hmm... Maybe I should have bought a treadmill instead
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