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Hello guys ,
Well after a long period of time with AMD , i am now decided to move to Intel lifestyle ... cause seeing there is no progress on AMD FX series other than APU .. i don't wanna stay with AMD any longer now .. but i am confused with Motherboard choice ... although my current setup pretty old , i have now AMD FX 8150 with Asus Sabertooth 990FX and my experience they never gave me any issue , i am using over 4 years now both of them with avg 8 to 10 hours per day . I love Asus Boards but now i am seeing Gigabyte releasing amazing boards from which i can't take my eyes off , so i want suggestion from you guys , i am not so expert in this ...

First i thought to purchase GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 or Gaming 3 version but then i noticed GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming which good budget and i guess close to Gaming 7 specifications , what are you guys think ? should i choose Gigabyte or there is any other better option ? , i have a bit budget plan though as i plan to get i7 6700K and EVGA GTX 1070 FTW / HYBRID , so please suggest me if these boards are good enough [ performance and customer support ] or if there is any better option , i have budget plan for motherboard around 150 - 200$ , also i wonder one more thing if i get MICRO ATX Board will it differ any performance than ATX boards ?? i saw M-ATX boards are bit cheap too ... i do not have plan for Multi GPU or SLI and i am happy with 16 to 32 GB DDR4 RAM max with my new system and also i have no plan for 4K setup , i am happy with 1080p gaming for now . Waiting for your suggestions guys ... Thank you all smile.gif
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I reckon it won't make too much of a difference to you between the different "Gaming" standards. I guess with mATX boards you will generally get one PCIe lane less, 2 instead of 3. The z170 chipset has x20 lanes, x4 of which will go your the m.2 os drive and x16 to your graphics card. You'll be able to run that card at x8 without much worries and free up x8 lanes for an expansion card of some kind if needed. If you don't think you would ever throw more than one other pcie card in your system: mATX would be OK, but for an extra 20 dollars or so seems worth to go ATX
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Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua DH-14 CPU Cooler Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" LED 1080p 5ms DVI (S23A300B) 
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Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Gold Corsair M95 Onboard :S 
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