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Hi everyone, I'm planning to build a gaming PC (my first one) which I'll mainly be using for gaming (Batlefield 4), multimedia, studies, etc.

These are my plans so far:

CPU: i5 4670K
Case: Antec One (2 fans, 2 USB 3.0, etc.)
Memory: G.Skill 8GB Dual Channel (2x4GB) F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP
Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI-E Express Adapter
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 24x Internal SA
PSU: Antec NEO 620C ECO 620W PSU, 120mm fan, 1x 6+2pin PCI-E, 1x6pin PCI-E, 6x SATA, 6x Molex
Monitor: AOC e2450Swh 23.6 LED Monitor - Black, Full HD 1920x1080p, 20,000,000:1(DCR), HDMI, DVI, 5ms, Speakers, VESA
Operating System: Windows 8 64 bit OEM
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 7950 3GB PCIE HDMI/ DVI-I/DVI-D/DP 384BIT with Boost

I'm on a budget and I want to know whether a Z87M would be suitable for this setup in terms of overclocking and whether it will deliver similar performance (value for money) to the current planned ATX form motherboard. And I need to know whether a Micro ATX motherboard will be able to fit all of the components listed above.

Here are some of the possible micro ATX boards available to me and that are in my budget:

ASUS Z87M-PLUS/Z87/4 X DDR3/1 X PCI-E/6 X SATA3/6 X USB3.0/DVI/D-SUB/HDMI/GBLAN/RAID/mATX

Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3H Intel Z87 MATX Haswell Socket 1150 4x DDR3-1600 RAID CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA3 Onboard VGA/DVI/HDMI

Has anyone had any experience with these boards? Will they be reliable for overclocking, gaming, multimedia etc?

Any input is much appreciated, thanks biggrin.gif
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Lite-On IHAS324 ALLWRITE 24x SATA Default CPU cooler Windows 8.1 64bit OEM 
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LG 23EN43V-B 23" Full HD LED Monitor Cooler Master V550S 550W Gold rated PSU Bitfenix Merc Alpha 
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post #2 of 9
The only reason to go for ATX over mATX is if you would be using multiple graphics cards or adding in a sound card/other internal expansion cards. Otherwise, mATX will work just fine for your needs.
post #3 of 9
ill be honest i have never worked with mATX but i think if you ever want to add more stuff and have room to grow i vote for atx.
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The ASUS board is good, but i always hear good feedback about Gigabyte D3H, UD3H, UD5h... boards... and i believe the D3H and UD3H doesnt have any huge differences; i think you should go with the D3H on this one.

The only difference youll be seeing is less PCI/PCIe slots, not being able to SLI/CF, less SATA ports, and possibly..... weaker VRM's -- hence a little lower of an OC. But it really depends ! Some micro atx boards are built for overclocking, so its not always the same rule! M-ATX boards just tend to have weaker power-delivery, less power phases, maybe less chunky heatsink on the VRMs but even a moderate OC like a 4.0ghz-4.2ghz OC should be well within reach though.

Read in depth reviews from review sites that look at each board at a very in-depth level (an article that talks about the types of capacitors on the board, power delivery, types of IC chips used, etc)
post #5 of 9
Mostly mATX is a bit cheaper than ATX mother boards. But it really depends on the user.
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Okay, I guess I understand what you guys mean. If I want to crossfire in the future, it's best to go with the ATX, but is is worth spending 30-40 NZ dollars less on a motherboard for uATX or would I be better off just going with the ATX either way?
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WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Lite-On IHAS324 ALLWRITE 24x SATA Default CPU cooler Windows 8.1 64bit OEM 
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Okay, I guess I understand what you guys mean. If I want to crossfire in the future, it's best to go with the ATX, but is is worth spending 30-40 NZ dollars less on a motherboard for uATX or would I be better off just going with the ATX either way?

40 dollars is 40 dollars tongue.gif Unless you're going to do some *serious* overclocking or planning on going for multiple GPUs, mATX will be fine.
post #8 of 9
If you're planning on CF, you should definitely just get an ATX now. Otherwise you'll be fine with an mATX.
post #9 of 9
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Okay sweet thanks guys, I think I might just go for the ATX one in case I need to expand in the future
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WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Lite-On IHAS324 ALLWRITE 24x SATA Default CPU cooler Windows 8.1 64bit OEM 
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WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Lite-On IHAS324 ALLWRITE 24x SATA Default CPU cooler Windows 8.1 64bit OEM 
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