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I will be buying one of my motherboards at my local microcenter. I will be doing light OC'ing and gaming mainly. Should i get the Gogabyte, Msi or save a few bucks and get the ASRock. The microcenter is in paterson new jersey.
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I would advise the Msi becuase its heatsinks look up to the task compared to asrock, and i personallly love their clickbios II implementation and find it much better that gigabyte and assrock's uefi bios's
     
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I guess to piggyback on what the guy before me said, I'm not really feelin Gigabyte's "windows style" BIOS. Everytime I go in there, I'm back into the classic style, up down left right pgup pgdn mode.
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Anybody else wanting to give their two cents?
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I'd get the Gbyte they showed with their Z77's that they provide solid performing serious boards. MSI in my opinion have been too flaky in the past and ASrock just plain old screwed people with the extreme 4 z77 hiding crap mofsets and bad voltage readings behind a few extra features. Reason I'd go based on the companies history is you are an early adopter you will find any nasty surprises that reviewers haven't so its nice to feel assured.
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Anybody else wanting to give their two cents?

Ya....got my asrock extreme 4 from Micro Center and so far I'm impressed. Overclocking is very simple in the bios, you can just select from a pre selection of overclock profiles or manually adjust them.

For my 4770k, I just selected the profile 4.4ghz and bam! Overclock done and stable.


Man I also walked out micro center with 16gb of ram and only payed $20 because the trainee at the register made a mistake. haha
Edited by Toque - 6/5/13 at 9:02pm
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yea gigabyte has the same type of CPU OC profiles(from 4.2 to 4.7) as well as memory OC profiles and CPU+memory combo profiles. Their new windows mode is actually really nice, i prefer it to class mode and I didn't think i would. Some of the hardcore OCers like the classic mode, but since it will be gone in a few months id at least give windows mode a shot if you buy a GB Z87 board. It isn't more buggy or anything than classic mode, people just don't like change(i am like that too, but i like this after i change which page i land on when i enter the BIOS) You can even change the background wallpaper to one other included wallpaper, or you can load your own image, I am not a fan of that stary space background(I am not 10 or a fan of space) that is default in the UEFI, so I always change it to a more solid black one.

BTW for you guys buying at the microcenters, on Items you aren't getting a bundle deal on, like memory and ssds and such ask them to price match newegg, at mine they do. They said they only prefer doing it when they sell someone multiple items, its also not their policy to match newegg, but some stores will.

Anyways I think you will like most of the Z87 boards, honestly pick one with the features and style you like.
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yea youd be stupid to buy an msi motherboard. You buy ferrari or lexus when it comes to a sports car, you dont go to honda to buy a sport's car. AM3 they were a disaster, p67 they were a disaster, z68 they were a disaster, z77 they were a disaster... but Im sure they'll get it right on z87! Come on, they always use crap VRMs, still on z77 they used boards with no low rds on, they even use nikos on their boards still (hello, its not 2009 anymore). Not to mention terrible build quality.

I have an msi z77a-g41. It's a decent board at $19. At $21 I'd feel ripped off. You just dont buy msi boards for high quality... go with gigabyte, asus, maybe asrock. Frankly I wouldnt buy asrock after how much they ripped everyone off on z77. What a total flop that was, screw that. I'd wait till we have actual, VRM reviews on the asrocks before buying a z87 from them.

Go with gigabyte for midrange, asus for high end, and msi/biostar for low end. If anything, maybe asus for mid-range.
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yea youd be stupid to buy an msi motherboard. You buy ferrari or lexus when it comes to a sports car, you dont go to honda to buy a sport's car. AM3 they were a disaster, p67 they were a disaster, z68 they were a disaster, z77 they were a disaster... but Im sure they'll get it right on z87! Come on, they always use crap VRMs, still on z77 they used boards with no low rds on, they even use nikos on their boards still (hello, its not 2009 anymore). Not to mention terrible build quality.

I have an msi z77a-g41. It's a decent board at $19. At $21 I'd feel ripped off. You just dont buy msi boards for high quality... go with gigabyte, asus, maybe asrock. Frankly I wouldnt buy asrock after how much they ripped everyone off on z77. What a total flop that was, screw that. I'd wait till we have actual, VRM reviews on the asrocks before buying a z87 from them.

Go with gigabyte for midrange, asus for high end, and msi/biostar for low end. If anything, maybe asus for mid-range.

On my FM2-A85XA-G65 Board, MSI is excellent. The VRM is great and the price was only $100. I have my a8-5600k running at 4.5 GHz without a single problem which makes me an extremely happy person. Overall very high end board
     
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Ya....got my asrock extreme 4 from Micro Center and so far I'm impressed. Overclocking is very simple in the bios, you can just select from a pre selection of overclock profiles or manually adjust them.

For my 4770k, I just selected the profile 4.4ghz and bam! Overclock done and stable.


Man I also walked out micro center with 16gb of ram and only payed $20 because the trainee at the register made a mistake. haha

Could you take the heatsinks off the VRM's and post some pictures? If they are still using the d-caps that everyone was complaining about, they wont be my choice.
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