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I will be building a computer in the next month or so, and am having a hard time choosing between 2 boards for haswell. I will be getting a 4770k, ASUS GTX 660 2gb (might get something bigger), one HDD, one SSD, and an 850w PSU (semi-modular)


the two boards I am looking at are:
ASUS Z87-PLUS
MSI Z87-GD65
post #2 of 11
For gaming at 1080p, I presume? I have always had great luck with ASUS mobos, but the new color scheme I don't like. The MSI looks way better, plus it has the Killer brand NIC which is supposed to be good, Sound Blaster Cinema Audio, easy to navigate UEFI BIOS.... If it was between the two, I'd have a hard time not choosing the MSI.
 
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that's the same boat i'm in. it will be used for gaming, but also for running several virtual machines in hyper-v for college. I am leaning towards the MSI, I have always used ASUS, but put an MSI in the last machine I built for a customer and was very pleased with the quality of the cheap board (>$100 for FM2 chip).
post #4 of 11
Yeah MSI seems to be up-and-coming. I haven't used any of their boards, but they are very impressive-seeming as of late. If I were doing a non-ROG Haswell build right now, it would be between MSI and Gigabyte. I'm pretty impressed with their entire lineups.
 
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post #5 of 11
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I've got no experience with gigabyte
post #6 of 11
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anybody have an opinion of the best haswell board for under $200?
post #7 of 11
Imo, I would go with Gigabyte.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by BGKris View Post

Imo, I would go with Gigabyte.

is there a reason why? or just because you like gigabyte?

i've never used their boards, or really looked at them, i remember they used to have silly colors all over the board which is the only reason i didn't look into them. are they superior to asus/msi boards that i have used in the past?
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is there a reason why? or just because you like gigabyte?

i've never used their boards, or really looked at them, i remember they used to have silly colors all over the board which is the only reason i didn't look into them. are they superior to asus/msi boards that i have used in the past?

Just go for OC Force. You won't go wrong.thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

is there a reason why? or just because you like gigabyte?

i've never used their boards, or really looked at them, i remember they used to have silly colors all over the board which is the only reason i didn't look into them. are they superior to asus/msi boards that i have used in the past?

MSI had some issues with power delivery in the past on some of their AMD boards, but that issue seems to have been alleviated and their Intel boards seem to perform quite well*. A few months ago, OCN was ripe with people having horrible experiences with Asus RMA. Because I haven't heard anything about it recently, it seems they may have instituted some much-needed changes. Gigabyte had some BIOS issues (memory overclocking) with their upper end boards for Z77, but the latest BIOSes seem to have fixed this.

With all of that said, for 24/7 boards, you really can't go wrong with any of the big manufacturers. Pick based on features and looks. With air or water cooling, all of the boards are likely going to be within 25MHz of each other for max stable overclock. I prefer Gigabyte boards because it's what I'm used to. I also believe them to have some of the best boards for subzero cooling.



* Unless you're pushing voltage on liquid nitrogen cooling... there were quite a few reports of the Z77 boards giving way more voltage than was set and killing chips (set 1.6V, board gives 2.1V).
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