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Looking for a Z97 motherboard for my new build. Looking at either a mATX or ATX type boards. Parts being used are listed below.

4690K
R9 280 3GB
Corsair 750D
660W PSU
8GB Memory

I will be overclocking and water cooling if that helps with the decision. I only plan to game on this build, nothing else. I would like to keep it under $200 if possible.

I was looking at the ASUS Z97M-PLUS and a few others, but I keep reading people talking about better power delivery, more phases, etc and I keep from pulling the trigger.
post #2 of 10
you could certainly do better than that motherboard. something like the Z97 Pro (non wifi version) can be had for around $180.
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you could certainly do better than that motherboard. something like the Z97 Pro (non wifi version) can be had for around $180.

What are the advantages of the Z97 Pro if you don't mind me asking? Looks like it has 12 phases compared to the 4 listed for the Z97M-PLUS.
Edited by StangMan04 - 10/22/14 at 7:26am
post #4 of 10
yes that's one. more phases will run cooler and more stable with overclock. the mosfets, chokes and caps are of better quality too. aside that you get more sata ports and other I/O options that the Z97M plus is lacking.
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yes that's one. more phases will run cooler and more stable with overclock. the mosfets, chokes and caps are of better quality too. aside that you get more sata ports and other I/O options that the Z97M plus is lacking.

Thanks for the information. I don't plan to have more than a single video card (reason I kept mATX's in the discussion) and don't plan to have more than 2 SSDs so SATA ports aren't a big deal, but running cooler and better overclocking ability helps.
post #6 of 10
no problem. you'll pretty much never find a motherboard with a solid vrm layout (phase count and quality) that doesn't support SLI and have at least 6 sata ports, 3-5 fan headers etc., but you can find motherboards with all those unnecessary extras and sub par vrm. the former would be perfect for you but it probably isn't economically viable for motherboard makers.
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no problem. you'll pretty much never find a motherboard with a solid vrm layout (phase count and quality) that doesn't support SLI and have at least 6 sata ports, 3-5 fan headers etc., but you can find motherboards with all those unnecessary extras and sub par vrm. the former would be perfect for you but it probably isn't economically viable for motherboard makers.

How does the Z97-Pro compare to the Maximus VII Hero?
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How does the Z97-Pro compare to the Maximus VII Hero?

I think it compares favorably if you are looking at either price ($180 vs $210-$230) or the model with wifi. the vrm components are different, quality being good on both so oc results don't vary much anyway. the rog and tuf series boards don't seem justified in their premium over the pro for most uses, but that's just my perspective. I can't say any one is any better than the other. the hero is a popular motherboard and a very good one.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by PureBlackFire View Post

I think it compares favorably if you are looking at either price ($180 vs $210-$230) or the model with wifi. the vrm components are different, quality being good on both so oc results don't vary much anyway. the rog and tuf series boards don't seem justified in their premium over the pro for most uses, but that's just my perspective. I can't say any one is any better than the other. the hero is a popular motherboard and a very good one.

Thanks, I hear people saying good things about it. Just wasn't sure which would be preferred side by side overclocking wise.
post #10 of 10
Gigabyte z97x SOC Force is another good one
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