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Originally Posted by Belial View Post

Incorrect. The pro series boards had really bad VRMs as well (granted, cheap boards, but better cheap boards abound like asus and biostar offerings at same price point).

Yeah this, do you really think that they cheaped out on their Extreme4 and not on the cheapest boards? come on.

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This is the first time REALLY hearing any perspective discussion about mobo brands and I want to thank you guys a lot. I personally had no idea about intel and MSI boards especially MSI. I was planning on buying a MSI mATX board for a hackintosh build but I'm glad I put that build on hold. I pretty much stayed away from Asrock until recently just because I never really heard anything REALLY outstanding about it. I usually put ASUS and Gigabyte in the same boat but that's just me.

After seeing what you guys said and reading more, I will be staying away from the intel board. XD

Which asus board should I pick up? I saw the Maximus VI Formula & Extreme in some computex videos but only the VI Hero is available right now.....the formula board look sweet with the water cooling option on the mobo and the OC screen thingy.

How does the ROG boards stack against ASUS' other boards? ex. TUF series and Deluxe (gold)

You really only should get a high end Asus board if you do liquid nitrogen (and really high end, competitive stuff, no weekend ice warrior, as mid-range gigabytes and even msi boards are perfectly capable of holding their own on some ln2) or do extreme RAM overclocks. Asus really does magic for high end ram overclocks at 2800mhz+, stuff that no other motherboard can do, but such RAM costs like $500+ and isn't for daily users.

Asus makes good boards at midrange and at upper mid-range, on Z77 gigabyte did a better job but Asus was definitely a solid 2nd place on mid-range on Z77 (if you want to argue with that I wouldn't even argue against you). You can water cool on any board, asus boards or any board has nothing special for water cooling... now you want a higher quality VRM to push the chip voltages that people do on water (ie because the only reason you get water is because you are going to push extreme voltages, or aesthetics, it'd be stupid to get water if you run a conservative overclock), but that doesnt mean you need a high end board.

The Asus TUF is a gimmicky board. The armor is useless. It's just an Asus PRO with a fancy scheme. If you do a custom paint job in your case and custom modding, it can look really sharp though (that military green modded phantom the mod of the month guy did using an asus tuf was insane). It's basically an upper mid-range, lower high end board, with high end price tag.

Stay Puft says it well in above though. Right now you should be looking at the Gigabyte D3H/UD3H/UD4H, Asus Z87-A (maybe Z87-C for cheaper, that board is very low end), maybe Asrock Extremes or Pros if you trust they got their act together (and honestly im sure asrock is a fine choice this time around).
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Yeah yancyv8 if you don't have any particular/extreme need just look at the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H it's really a great board for normal uses.
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So if I'm just gona be overclocking my 4770k a bit, I don't need to spend $250+?

I have the money to spend on a high end board but if u guys really don't think I need it, then maybe I won't get a nice board.

I'm getting:

i7 4770k
16gb corsair dominator rAm
Gtx 780

If I was really dying to get an asus board, which one should I drop my money on?

And what is the point of all these $300-$400+ boards if they aren't meant for gamers just doing a little overclocking? Why sell these and not make mention what they are specifically made for?
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So if I'm just gona be overclocking my 4770k a bit, I don't need to spend $250+?

I have the money to spend on a high end board but if u guys really don't think I need it, then maybe I won't get a nice board.

I'm getting:

i7 4770k
16gb corsair dominator rAm
Gtx 780

If I was really dying to get an asus board, which one should I drop my money on?

And what is the point of all these $300-$400+ boards if they aren't meant for gamers just doing a little overclocking? Why sell these and not make mention what they are specifically made for?
Any ROG motherboard
They are all listed HERE
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i think this year every manufacturer came up with solid boards for Haswell
be it MSI,Gigabyte,ASUS or ASRock
just get the one that suits ur needs nd this time loads of color schemes are available to choose from
It looks like most people will upgrade to Haswell just because of the Motherboards tongue.gif
     
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So if I'm just gona be overclocking my 4770k a bit, I don't need to spend $250+?

Not only a bit, you can max out on Air/Water and have some good results on LN2 with an UD3H or equivalent.
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If I was really dying to get an asus board, which one should I drop my money on?

I'd say the Asus Z87-PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980

But I feel that you get more for the money with the Z87X-UD3H: $10 cheaper, better onboard sound, dual BIOS, single-package IR3553 MOSFETs (run cooler than comparable LF-PAK/PowerPAK/DrMOS MOSFETs), 10K Chemicon caps, better looks (imo) not to mention that Gigabyte has a much better UEFI this time around.
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And what is the point of all these $300-$400+ boards if they aren't meant for gamers just doing a little overclocking? Why sell these and not make mention what they are specifically made for?

They're always added stuff like more SATA ports, PLX chip for 4-Way SLI, even better onboard sound etc. but not much for the average user. Not everyone needs a Porsche. wink.gif
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Nothing to say really..Belial already covered it. thumb.gif
Historically with Asus..the PRO and Deluxe have been very good..also WS.
but the GOLD..oy..the gold sicksmiley.png
I don't buy mobos based on colors but..oy the gold wth.gif
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So if I'm just gona be overclocking my 4770k a bit, I don't need to spend $250+?

I have the money to spend on a high end board but if u guys really don't think I need it, then maybe I won't get a nice board.

I'm getting:

i7 4770k
16gb corsair dominator rAm
Gtx 780

If I was really dying to get an asus board, which one should I drop my money on?

And what is the point of all these $300-$400+ boards if they aren't meant for gamers just doing a little overclocking? Why sell these and not make mention what they are specifically made for?

A lot of people buy the expensive boards for the looks
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Nothing to say really..Belial already covered it. thumb.gif
Historically with Asus..the PRO and Deluxe have been very good..also WS.
but the GOLD..oy..the gold sicksmiley.png
I don't buy mobos based on colors but..oy the gold wth.gif
it's not as gold as you might think ,I picked one up to play and like it (I think my OCF have brighter yellow then this "gold" ) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Edited by coolhandluke41 - 6/10/13 at 8:28am
    
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