- Nov 22, 2005
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|Processor||Intel Core i7 8700K@4.8GHz(Quick and dirty)|
|Motherboard||AsRock Z370 Taichi|
|Cooling||Corsair H110i GTX w/ Noctua NF-A14 Fans|
|Memory||32GB Corsair DDR4-3000|
|Video Card(s)||ASUS Strix GTX 1080Ti|
|Storage||500GB Crucial MX500 + 2TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive with 480GB MX200 SSD Cache|
|Display(s)||QNIX QX2710 1440p@120Hz|
|Case||Fractal Design Define S|
|Audio Device(s)||Onboard is good enough for me|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX850|
|Software||Windows 10 Pro x64|
I think you are mistaken on the pricing of this board. The MSI H110M Eco is $60, and it is below the B150M Gaming Pro in the product stack. The MSI H110M Gaming, which again is below the B150M Gaming Pro in the product stack, is $70. So you are looking at least $70 for the B150M Gaming Pro, and likely more like $75-80.The 79 dollar ASRock board only has a few differences that probably won't matter to some like 2 extra RAM slots or an extra 16x(4x) slot. With how budget oriented this board is we could be looking at a 40 dollar board. 40 dollars could be the difference between a new 960 and used 970, the difference which is actually noticeable. I don't want to argue for the sake of this board as I wouldn't personally recommend it (unless it was only 35 bucks or something), but I mean certain arguments can be held back. Like, I've seen people putting 1090t X6s on cheap 35 dollar Gigabyte 760g boards with 4+2 CHEAP phases which we all know sucks a whole lot more juice than say an i3 or even i5.
Forgot to mention, my Asus X79-E WS has the top PCI-E slot so close that the screw for the GPU heatsink barely touches the middle board heatsink and is so close I can't even put a backplate on the card. It's why I have it in the second blue slot. So even some expensive boards do this sometimes.
And there might be some features on the Z170 board that some might use, they are features that a lot could. 4 Rams slots is nice for someone on a budget. Get 2 sticks now, add 2 more later. Having an M.2 slot is a nice bonus. Sure, M.2 drives are a little on the expensive side now, but upgrading to one in the future is a nice option to have.
IMO, if you are going to build a budget gaming rig, putting a very little bit more money into the motherboard from the beginning is the best thing to do. Then it is easier to do upgrades as you get the extra money down the road.