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Hey guys,

Been ages since ive been on this site (+3 years) so Im a little out of the loop on hardware, my last build was 2 years ago and was AMD based (thought I'd try them), but I miss my Intel CPU's so moving back to this camp.

Im looking for an Z87 based board to meet my needs, if you could recommend one that would be sweet!

The main use of the board will be gaming and light-med overclocking of the cpu/ram/gpu's, CPU and GPU will be water cooled in a custom loop. Hardware is Intel 4770k and 2 HD 7970's in crossfire and of course whatever ram the board can support.

From what i've read these boards dont need a waterblock for the chipset, as they dont get that hot. Do they need a block for the VRM's? If so the board should be able to support that block.

Should be able to do raid 0,1 for SSD and support a separate HDD and optical drive on the SATA bus (on my current board all the SATA need to be raid or non raid, you cant pick and choose, drives me nuts).

MUST have good bios, I dont care if there text based or Graphical (ufei?), but they should be comprehensive (ie volt adjusts, profiles, ability to disable unused features, turn off cores, ect)

not really required, but the case will be mod to match the color scheme of the board, so a black PCB would be great if possible.

BUDGET: 250 CAD, if there is a better board for 20-50 bucks more i can bump up to that.

Thanks guys!

ps. its good to be back!
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Originally Posted by hellhunterII View Post

Hey guys,

Been ages since ive been on this site (+3 years) so Im a little out of the loop on hardware, my last build was 2 years ago and was AMD based (thought I'd try them), but I miss my Intel CPU's so moving back to this camp.

Im looking for an Z87 based board to meet my needs, if you could recommend one that would be sweet!

The main use of the board will be gaming and light-med overclocking of the cpu/ram/gpu's, CPU and GPU will be water cooled in a custom loop. Hardware is Intel 4770k and 2 HD 7970's in crossfire and of course whatever ram the board can support.

From what i've read these boards dont need a waterblock for the chipset, as they dont get that hot. Do they need a block for the VRM's? If so the board should be able to support that block.

Should be able to do raid 0,1 for SSD and support a separate HDD and optical drive on the SATA bus (on my current board all the SATA need to be raid or non raid, you cant pick and choose, drives me nuts).

MUST have good bios, I dont care if there text based or Graphical (ufei?), but they should be comprehensive (ie volt adjusts, profiles, ability to disable unused features, turn off cores, ect)

not really required, but the case will be mod to match the color scheme of the board, so a black PCB would be great if possible.

BUDGET: 250 CAD, if there is a better board for 20-50 bucks more i can bump up to that.

Thanks guys!

ps. its good to be back!

For a start the VRM's of this generation are on die. So they are cooled by whatever is cooling the CPU hence why I believe that the board runs so cool.

I'd suggest a Gigabyte UD4H or a UD5H based off what I've heard and know about previous Gigabyte ranges, the UD5H usually has the best features and a decent amount of VRM's (on previous boards) for the price. Not sure where that fits in within your budget though.
 
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For a start the VRM's of this generation are on die. So they are cooled by whatever is cooling the CPU hence why I believe that the board runs so cool.

Not really. Haswell boards just have additional DC-DC conversion step at the CPU. Motherboards still have VRM converting 12V from PSU down to about 2V.

Saying that most good Haswell boards not only do not require water cooling, but can run without heatsinks at all.

Take a look at UD3H, UD4H, GD65, UD5H, Maximus VI Hero.
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Based on what your needs are i could happily recommend the Gigabyte UD3H . I use my system for gaming, video, graphic work , overclocking, and the motherboard has been great with all of them.

The BIOS has a UEFI and normal BIOS both of which are superb, so if you don't like one use the other. The PCB is black and so are the caps so it looks quite slick tbh, and the board stays very cool too.

I think any of the Gigabyte range will do you a good service ( UD3H UD4H UD5H ), hopefully someone will be able to tell you what the Asus ones are like as well to get a fuller picture biggrin.gif
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I like the board I am using for my sig rig. thumb.gif
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Not really. Haswell boards just have additional DC-DC conversion step at the CPU. Motherboards still have VRM converting 12V from PSU down to about 2V.

Saying that most good Haswell boards not only do not require water cooling, but can run without heatsinks at all.

Take a look at UD3H, UD4H, GD65, UD5H, Maximus VI Hero.

Oh I was under the impression..

Anyway yeah, basically the same. A UD3H would be good too. smile.gif
 
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All good suggestions. Anyone have any experience with MSI M power boards? Local store has them on sale this week, wondering if they are worth it.
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