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Any comments about ASROCK Z87E-ITX ?

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I've finally decided to build a dedicated media center PC for the living room. I went to the local Microcenter today, and they only had ONE Z87 based Mini-ITX board in stock, an ASROCK Z87E-ITX. I'm normally an ASUS or Gigabyte man when it comes to motherboards, but I figured with the generous return policy at MC if anything goes awry during the build - I can just take it back.

The build list is:

Fractal Design Node 304 Case
Corsair CX500M PSU (selected because of the physical dimensions and modularity, and what they had in stock to choose from)
Crucial Ballistix Sport LP 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L-1600 1.35V RAM
ASROCK Z87E-ITX Motherboard
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD (leftover from other project)
Intel i7-4770K Box CPU w/Intel stock HSF

Anybody foresee any major issues here? I'm hoping the PSU is short enough to accommodate a full length video card, as I have a AMD HD 4890 1GB or 4870 laying around that could use a home, but if it's not - I'll be running integrated Intel HD video.

Went with stock HSF due to low profile and the fact this will be strictly a web browsing and streaming/Netflix/Media Center PC. No 3D gaming anticipated.

Greg
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Well, the Corsair CX500M is not the best psu out there, it is okay, might want to see if there is anything else besides that, and the asrock, their boards are pretty well equipped but after my asrock itx experience, I don't think I could bring myself to buy one again.

(mine died after 6 months, and the replacement died in 2 weeks, asrock both times claimed there was nothing wrong with the board when they got it back, but they still gave me a new one[Company doesn't seem that trustworthy after that])


As for a media pc, doesn't getting a K processor and an overclocking mobo seem a little much? Not like you could overclock with the stock heatsink either way.

I do suggest getting a hyper 212+ either way, very cheap, will fit and take advantage of the 140mm exhaust on the back and keep everything silent.
 
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i5 4690K 4.2ghz 1.15v Asus Z97I-Plus EVGA GTX1070 ACX 3.0 HyperX 16gb 1866mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Western Digital Caviar Black1TB NZXT Kraken X41 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorMonitorPower
ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P SPI Magna Gold 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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Audio
Fiio E10 Olympus 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
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I got the PC built and the wife is downstairs watching Netflix on it right now. I very well might stick a Hyper 212 in there, I didn't realize there was that much vertical open space in the Node 340 case, but now that I have it together - looks like I could stick just about anything in it.

I debated the 4770K vs. 4570 or 4670K but honestly, the price difference wasn't that much at Microcenter- and I got a $40 bonus discount for buying motherboard + CPU together.

Found an old AMD HD 6770 laying around and it fits perfectly. Runs smooth!

Greg
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Sounds good, nice computer! thumb.gif

The node just makes that much more sense with these new z87 itx boards because they put the socket far from the pcie slot, before the p8z77i deluxe was the only board capable of using a high end aircooler.
 
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i5 4690K 4.2ghz 1.15v Asus Z97I-Plus EVGA GTX1070 ACX 3.0 HyperX 16gb 1866mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Western Digital Caviar Black1TB NZXT Kraken X41 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorMonitorPower
ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P SPI Magna Gold 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Obsidian 250D Zowie FK1 Steelseries QCK XXL  Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 (Labtec LVA-7330) 
Audio
Fiio E10 Olympus 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 M 480 Nvidia GeForce 310M 4gb Samsung ram 640gb Samsung HM641JI 
OSOther
Windows 7 Home Premium Samsung QX410 Laptop 
Keyboard
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Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Western Digital Caviar Black1TB NZXT Kraken X41 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorMonitorPower
ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P SPI Magna Gold 750w 
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Corsair Obsidian 250D Zowie FK1 Steelseries QCK XXL  Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 (Labtec LVA-7330) 
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Fiio E10 Olympus 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 M 480 Nvidia GeForce 310M 4gb Samsung ram 640gb Samsung HM641JI 
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Have you tried overclocking with this board yet? I'm interested in it, but am wondering if the 6 phase power design will limit my overclock...
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I was able to get my 4770k to 4.2ghz easily. It benches really well too. No issues since I got it and its my first itx board. Found that the Zalman 8900 110mm fan hits my standard height memory when oriented correctly. Looking for something to replace it in my FT03 mini. Not a lot of choices. Other than that, I really like that motherboard.
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