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do i need a $200 motherboard???

post #1 of 7
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I am going to be building a mini itx haswell build. I was thinking about getting a $200 msi motherboard, but I am wondering if I really need to spend that much. Would I be ok with a cheaper board?? The rest of my system is as follows.

Silverstone raven rvz01 case
I5 4670k
Some 120mm liquid cpu cooler, any suggestions?
450 watt sfx modular psu
Msi gaming itx gtx 760
Adata 8 gb 1600 ram
120 gb ssd
1 tb storage drive.

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 7
No you don't. Do you intend to oc? If so I wouldn't skimp on a mobo but you probably won't need a $200 one.
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is there a reason you're looking at the $200 msi board? i don't see why you cant go with a much cheaper gigabyte, asrock, asus board, do you plan on max overclocking or something?

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I do plan on overclocking, but not insanely maybe 4.5ghz or something around that. I saw a gigabyte motherboard that looked good enough. I guess I just dont get the idea of a $200 motherboard.
post #5 of 7
id say you dont NEED one but do you really want to put a $250 CPU in a $50 board? makes sense not. I see youve got a good case, cpu, going self contained water cooler, I would get at least a $100 board. But thats me and you can do what you like and its your $ in the end. 2cents.gif
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post #6 of 7
With mini-ITX it's hard. For ATX you can do 4.5Ghz with $120 boards, but mini-ITX with equvalent VRM will cost more.
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post #7 of 7
Short answer, no.

The Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI is a great mitx for around $140 in the states. Liquid cooling might be tight in that case. I have no experience with it, but it looks tight. Are you planning on overclocking?

If you aren't, you could could get a 4670 non-k and a nice lowish-profile air cooler. It would also save a few bucks.
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