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Hello.

I'm finding few to none decent options on the market with fair price.

My ideal setup would be:
mini-atx
32GB Ram
OC @ 5Ghz
One GPU
One PCIE far away from GPU (heat issues)
fit Kraken x60
not Killer NICs
ALC1150


Excluded Asrock. Their MB seems to die after some weeks and take out other components with it. A pity because on paper they would be the best option.
Excluded Gigabyte MB with PCI slots. All of them seems to suffer from EMI issues (random crash, freeze, restart). Not sure yet about other boards.

Not sure about ASUS / MSI.
Putting a cap at $200 these are the options:

MSI Z97 MPOWER
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2
ASUS Z97-PRO
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD7 TH

Which would be a good/best choice?

Thanks.
Edited by NovoRei - 10/19/14 at 12:14pm
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Originally Posted by NovoRei View Post

Hello.

I'm finding few to none decent options on the market with fair price.

My ideal setup would be:
mini-atx
32GB Ram
OC @ 5Ghz
One GPU
One PCIE far away from GPU (heat issues)
fit XC60
not Killer NICs
ALC1150


Excluded Asrock. Their MB seems to die after some weeks and take out other components with it. A pity because on paper they would be the best option.
Excluded Gigabyte MB with PCI slots. All of them seems to suffer from EMI issues (random crash, freeze, restart). Not sure yet about other boards.

Not sure about ASUS / MSI.
Putting a cap at $200 these are the options:

MSI Z97 MPOWER
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97
ASUS Z97-PRO
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD7

Which would be a good/best choice?

Thanks.

Link to the bolded part?

Zero issues with my Z97X- Gaming 7... which I came here to recommend
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Where are you buying it from. Also, these are regular atx motherboards you named (what about this "mini atx" you referred to) and three of them are normaly more than $200, at least in the US anyway. Though the sabertooth, pro and mpower all have at least two versions. I'd go for the Z97 Pro out of these.

@solocamo: he doesn't want a board with killer nic.
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Where are you buying it from. Also, these are regular atx motherboards you named (what about this "mini atx" you referred to) and three of them are normaly more than $200, at least in the US anyway. Though the sabertooth, pro and mpower all have at least two versions. I'd go for the Z97 Pro out of these.

@solocamo: he doesn't want a board with killer nic.

Prices from Newegg / PCPartPicker. It would be the lower versions. Hyper-linked them.
Mini-atx is a small MB form factor. There are no mini-atx that meet the requirements (32GB specifically).

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Link to the bolded part?
Zero issues with my Z97X- Gaming 7... which I came here to recommend

I dont want to deviate the topic but this is based on research (reviews, forums, gigabyte forum, etc). It spawns since the Z77 model. PCI versions are mostly affected. It's funny most people say "it's a bad RAM or bad PSU problem or 4RAM stick issue" when the sad truth tells otherwise.
Edited by NovoRei - 10/19/14 at 11:55am
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I was just wondering if you meant mini ITX or micro ATX. sorry, I was on my phone before. still, I'd go with the Pro or Mpower.
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Link to the bolded part?

Zero issues with my Z97X- Gaming 7... which I came here to recommend

+1 to this.

My Gigabyte Z97X-UD7 has been a magnificent board so far. Rock solid and not a bit of trouble...no complaints here. thumb.gif
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aints here. thumb.gif[/quote]
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

+1 to this.

My Gigabyte Z97X-UD7 has been a magnificent board so far. Rock solid and not a bit of trouble...no complaints here. thumb.gif

The Z97X-UD7 does not have PCI. I'm actually leaning towards this model just because it has thunderbolt. I don't see the use for M.2/Sata Express.
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I'm surprised by the ASRock observation, NovoRei, and I'm in a similar search for an 1150 motherboard, though I'm looking for full ATX (non-gaming purposes).

I have two ASRock boards here, one running for about 5 years and the other about 3 or 4 years. They were among the sub-$90 boards of the period, and both have been used nearly 24/7 all that time.

Perhaps something happened to ASRock since then?

I'd really like to know, because among the boards I'm finding, ASRock price/option/feature choice keep floating to the top of my lists.
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