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mini-ITX build: Please help me choose between MSI, Gigabyte and ASRock Z87 motherboards

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Hi,

I am confused between the following Z87 boards:

ASRock Z87E-ITX
GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI
MSI Z87I

I am favoring the ASRock due to the headphone amplifier, the 802.11ac wifi card and (probably) better components / VRC
However, I am open to suggestions.
Which one of these three boards is most reliable. I might go in for some modest overclocking later on

Comparison

PS: I will be using the i5-4760k processor and dual booting windows and ubuntu
I am still researching but wifi/BT module on the ASRock might not work on Ubuntu. In that case I will be choosing between the Gigabyte and MSI
post #2 of 6
Go with the Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI but it's cheaper on Amazon. The AsRock doesn't have a very user friendly BIOS and Gigabyte is generally a better quality motherboard manufacturer than either AsRock or MSI.
post #3 of 6
i'm also looking at that board. i have a question because i can't seem to get a rock solid answer. if i were to purchase the GA-Z87N-WIFI and i7-4770K, i should then be able to OC it right? if not, then i was going to get the GA-H87N-WIFI and i7-4771.
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post #4 of 6
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What's your usage ?
If it's gaming you might be able to save money by using an i5 4670K processor. From what I understand, the i7 is mostly required for applications where hyperthreading may be necessary like video editing applications.

You will be able to overclock with any Z87 board (even a mini ITX) and a K series processor. Though you might not be able to overclock the mini ITX a lot due to cooling contraints.

Here is my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Y89P
post #5 of 6
this is for an office but it has to run this monster program. i need to build something that handles very well many different programs running at the same time. that's why i thought HTT would be a good choice to have. i don't know if it's "needed" i just felt "why not". no gaming at all. i was going to run with just the intel 4600 graphics but someone has brought up a good point that it will help the rig (later on down the road) if i had a separate gpu when graphics gets more heavy and i also wouldn't have to share system ram. ram is where i need to make sure i do right.
i just called Gigabyte and that tech rep said the Z87 couldn't be OC'ed. i believe he's wrong. now i know you can't do a massive OC, but something is better than nothing.
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post #6 of 6
Best board out of the 3 hands down is the ASROCK z87e ITX. Its not even close. Fantastic onboard sound. BIOS is just FINE. Wifi AC, top of the line PS etc etc.......and if you are buying it from Microcenter with a new processor its only $100 in the combo.
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