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Windows 7: Choice of z97 motherboard

07 Apr 2015   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So if you utilize the sata express port (however you do that) you don`t loose anything


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07 Apr 2015   #12
tempApple

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Here's my current: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87A/specifications/
Compare to: Motherboards | SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1 | ASUS USA

I don't need any more than 6 sata ports, especially if they're all sata3 6GB/s

Sabertooth mark I is about as high price as I'd go, but it looks worth it. Mark S looks cool but doesn't seem to have significant physical improvement
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07 Apr 2015   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Other then looks, and having a new board, I see no reason to get the Sabertooth over what you have.

But if I did, I`d get the Mark S
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07 Apr 2015   #14
tempApple

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hmm I might stick with the z87 for now then.

My main motivation was that mine only has

1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -pin)

which I believe means 3 case fans only. Or can you split headers to > 1 fan each?

And also that I don't want the heavy cpu fan (1250g with dual fans!) to bend it.
It's sometimes easy to believe I have to upgrade things haha
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07 Apr 2015   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can run fans off a molex cable from the PSU, all you need is a fan splitter.

I have 2 of these.

CobocLP43TX4-12 Sleeved 16 inch 4-pin Molex LP4 toThree(3) x 4-pin TX4 PWM Fan Power Splitter Adapter Converter Cable with one TX4 Female for RPM Feedback - Newegg.com

I only use the MB for the CPU fan and the back exhaust fan and 1 splitter, which I don`t even monitor. The splitters connect to 4 120mm blue LED hard drive cooler fans that have a L, M, H speed selector.
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07 Apr 2015   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

tempApple

The 3 big question.

1. How much money are you willing to spend?

2. What are going to using this computer for?

3. What other hardware do you intend to use?
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07 Apr 2015   #17
tempApple

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I think I'm happy I don't need to upgrade the MB. I've got all the other hardware I need too. I'll get some fan splitters. Thanks everyone
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07 Apr 2015   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I use these fan hubs. Keep a lot of clutter off the motherboard.

NeweggBusiness - NZXT AC-GRID-10-M1 Ten Port Fan Hub
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