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I was leaning towards the Asus Z87I-DELUXE but then I noticed the wifi is built in. That is, the module is integrated and it doesn't let you switch out a card if you wanted to change it?

The ASrock Z87E-ITX lets you do that and is cheaper. I was just thinking the quality of the wifi hardware and reception is often discussed regarding motherboards and seems to be a big deal for many. So, I was concerned about it, too. I didn't want to spend more than $200 on one of these mobos but I would like wifi and no worse than the Realtek 1150 audio so board options are limited. Also, I wanted Intel LAN rather than Realtek LAN. There's also Atheros (QUALCOMM) aka Killer E2205 LAN but I don't know much about and how it compares to the Intel. I would need it to work in Linux. I think it does now with more recent kernels?

The Asrock and MSI boards allow switching the wifi?

Anyway, I was considering:

Asus Z87I-DELUXE - wifi chip - is fixed?
MSI Z87I AC - cheapest board and has Intel wifi but the E2205 LAN
ASrock Z87E-ITX - cheaper than the Asus and has Intel LAN/Wifi

I read that you can use the Intel 7260 AC with the two latter boards - it sounds like it does a better job than the mobo ones?

So, which to choose? smile.gif

Other components I might use include H60 liquid cooler, Noctua NH-L9i or Silverstone NT06-PRO. I will probably go with the stock cooler and if not satisfied, go with the H60. It's only $60.
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i have the ASRock Z87E-ITX, and i'm very happy with it. the wireless performance is good (i'm using the 2.4GHz mode though, don't have a 5GHz router to use yet). the onboard sound (Realtek 1150) is actually a pretty decent one (read the reviews online), and the motherboard has a separate OpAMP for headphones as well. i know you can change the WiFi/Bluetooth combo board with another one too. it's an all-around great board for a decent price.
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Thanks for the feedback! Oh, I wish the NCASE M1 (v2) was out now... I'd really consider it. smile.gif The positive though, is that the SG05 is cheaper so I can get that and see if the case is okay for me. I was especially unsure about mobo but it's good to hear it's good. I like the option of changing the wifi/bluetooth combo and if new ones come out, then one has that option. I don't think you can do so with the Asus itx boards. I think it's built in?

I'm leaning towards this Asrock board, now. It's currently on sale (although, with rebate). I'm learning towards a H60 or H75 for the cooler and then I won't have to worry about whether an air cooler is too wide.
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i really don't know about the upgradability of the ASUS board, sorry. i did research all the ITX boards when i bought mine, but i didn't want to go into upgrading individual components, so i didn't look into that. about AIO cooles, i am running one (Zalman LQ-310), and it's been great (although the fan could be quieter imo). my gaming temperatures are in the low 50's, and my Intel Burn Test temperature never went above 65C.
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