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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Toothless, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. GorbazTheDragon

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    Asus Z97-A
    Gigabyte Z97x-Gaming5
    Gigabyte Z97x-UD3H

    Those would be my top choices for a lower price board.

    Maybe MSi Z97-G45 gaming or Z97-Gaming5 but they don't have sata-express which you might want for future upgrades...
     
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    Challenge accepted? Wait I may have missed something, are we looking for a Z97 board with 2 PCIE 16 lanes and a CPU for 325 bucks? Oh wait I see now you have the CPU now need a 125 buck board.

    Challenge re-accepted:

    Gigabyte Z97MX gaming

    Asrock Z97 Gaming Extreme3

    MSI Z97 U3

    My choice would probably be the gigabyte of the three.
     
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    so we're pretty much talking Z97. I like my board just fine MSI Z97-G55 SLI Then there's the other one I was looking at before I bought mine, the GA-Z97X-SLI.

    ASUS Z97-P though imho it seems sata "light"

    I like the color scheme on the ASRock Z97 Extreme 3 or if you're into more vibrant schemes the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer.

    To put it frankly there are tons at sub 125$ Z97 boards.
     
  4. GorbazTheDragon

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    Still think you should spend the extra 20 bucks on a Z97-A
     
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    Well I'm a bit of an MSI fan and a friend has a ton of Gigabyte stuff. ASUS is not my favorite due to my board from them just dying out of no where. And the most amount of HDD/SDDs I'll have at once is like, 3 total. Now I'll try to squeeze a bit more out for the budget so let's play it safe and say that TOP budget is $150 for a board. While having two PCIE16 lanes and phase amounts are something I need. (Higher power phases, the better) Colors... Aren't exactly on the top of my list. I don't care if my board was neon pink with flashy LEDs on it

    AsRock does have some smexy boards, though I don't know anyone personally that has one. Any reviews for AsRock?
     
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    From what I've heard the MSi ones are about as good as Asus on intels side, but for AMD MSi boards are far more flakey.

    Review database?
     
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    Or personal reviews of the board that you currently use if you use Intel.
     
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    surprising, many people I know who are on a budget go with ASRock. On low to mid budget boards they far surpass their daddy ASUS in every possible way. You know if you're not in a rush you could just enter the TPU contest for the MSI z97 Gaming 7. You could get lucky.
     
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    I'll be ordering parts (hopefully) by this weekend.
     
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    The UD3H has an ok VRM, 8 25A mosfets, the UD5H has 12, there will not be much difference in air/water OC.
     
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    I think the UD3H has a doubler, its 4 phasex2. But you are probably right it should be sufficient for basic overclocking. Still its not the quality of the old ones looking at the sinhw chart.

    Theres the Z97 Gaming 5
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JKCHEQ2/?tag=tec06d-20
     
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    But which is better for the price? UD3H of UD5H? I'll probably have a fan on the VRM heatsink like I did before.
     
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    Get the UD5 if you want a chance at a better overclock, otherwise you should be able to get 4.5 I would say at least with the UD3.
     
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    I'd go with the Z97x-Gaming 5 over UD3H if you want a gigabyte one. At the same price you get a better PWM controller. If you are running on air or water you are not going to notice the difference between the gaming 5 and UD5H. The only real difference is that you get each phase doubled, but since you are unlikely to run into very high current scenarios you will not see any performance/stability difference.
     
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    Looks nice and supports SLI. This might be the winner.
     
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    just a quick message.
    i have used a lot of asrock boards over the years and i like them. they always have all the features i need/want and are solid. i much prefer them over the more popular msi/gigabyte
    my fave boards were abit, but they are gone now. but asrock are usually decent boards for the money usually better than the same price point msi/gigabyte
     
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    thats what i have been saying. that he cant compare desktop to his laptop performance
     
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    Personally I'm not a fan of ASrock's current colour scheme, it is a bit too flashy for me, but the boards are from what I've heard pretty good.

    I'm not comparing a GTX 670m to a desktop 670... I have always compared it to a desktop 560, which it actually performs quite similarly to.

    My whole point is that considering the specs of the X6800, the 80 or so FPS bottleneck seems like around where it would settle for the CPU.
     
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    lets give it a rest shall we. its been derailed too long.
     
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    Going with the Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 5 for the board. Currently $145.

    Getting an i7 4770k for $175.

    I'm $5 under budget.

    And I finished all of my GED tests today.



    Today is a good day.
     
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    GED=General EDucation?

    Aww that's cool. I'll be off to England for my IBs at the end of this month so no gaming after that :<
     
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    A GED is basically a highschool diploma.
     
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    Congrats and if all goes well you will find that to be a very fast setup.
     

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