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Maximus vi hero vs asus z87 pro

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Maximus vi hero vs. asus z87 pro

What is the better overall board to get?

This is the build I am planning, would you change anything?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/eric8412/saved/21Yu

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Hello. I'd go with the Hero motherboard. The Pro board has more sata and usb 3.0 ports and I think it has built in wi-fi. I'd change the psu to either the CM V700 or Capstone 750 w. I doubt you'll be needing an 850w, even with 780 SLI.

edit: Actually, the P8Z87 Pro looks to offer more for the same price. It has wi-fi, more usb 3.0 and sata ports. Guess it comes down to what you want from the board and whatever one has those things over the other one.
Edited by PureBlackFire - 7/29/13 at 8:52pm
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I am building a gaming PC. I will probably be doing very little work with it. I will need some kind of wifi solution. I know the pro comes with wifi but it only cost 25 dollars for a wifi card. Is it worth the extra 25 dollars for a wifi card? or is the pro just a better board? I will be overclocking the cpu and gpu.. is this a better process on either of the boards?
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Best oc I could find in Maxiums VI Hero reviews was 4.9ghz @ 1.290V. The Z87 Pro's best was 4.8ghz @ 1.290V. Plenty of users on here have bought a Hero so you could ask for their experiences so far as user experience is one of the more helpful things when deciding on a purchase like this. Both should oc fine and are more likely to be limited by the oc capabilities of the cpu that goes in the socket before anything else. The bios options and the oc settings are pretty much the same on both motherboards. Since the Pro has more i/o and comes with wi-fi for the same price as the Hero (or a bit lower), it makes more sense to go for that one tbh. Either one is a fine motherboard though.
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A power supply with even 550 watts would be enough for this configuration. Unless you are planning to go SLI.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_780_gaming_review,7.html

A 550 watt power supply will be more efficient in terms of power saving.
Because it is closer to the watts that are really needed by the system.
Guru 3 d measured System w. GTX 780 full stress 354 watts consumption.
So with 550 watts supply you have 200 watts reserve.
I only write this, because I read this so often that people buy very high watt PSUs.
More watts is not automatically better you need a good quality Power supply in the first place.
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