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Originally Posted by Thrasher1016 View Post





MUAHAHAHA. rolleyes.gif

See this?


Until the recent Z97 board that is similar, that was the ONLY board I could use for my Gators build...

So yes, we're out here!




Thanks - T


Haha I knew it! biggrin.gif

I just don't want to pick an inferior board that will limit my OC JUST for the color. But it's definitely a consideration thumb.gif.
post #7732 of 22423
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Originally Posted by PuffinMyLye View Post

Haha I knew it! biggrin.gif

I just don't want to pick an inferior board that will limit my OC JUST for the color. But it's definitely a consideration thumb.gif.

Here's a few suggestion of almost black itx board.

You'll have to check their OC'ing capabilities but you'll have some choices wink.gif

MSI Z97i AC (not the gaming edition) http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z97I_AC.html#hero-overview

ASRock Z87E-ITX http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87E-ITX/

Z97I-PLUS http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97IPLUS/

EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=111-HR-E972-KR
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The ASRock Z97E-ITX is pretty sweet for the price. I have no problem overclocking CPU and RAM on the Z77 version and according to reviews it's gotten even better. Of course you will want to keep your nickel block as there's no full cover block for it. The ASUS Z97-I PLUS is nice too as well as MSI's Z97I AC.
post #7734 of 22423
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Originally Posted by akira749 View Post

Here's a few suggestion of almost black itx board.

You'll have to check their OC'ing capabilities but you'll have some choices wink.gif

MSI Z97i AC (not the gaming edition) http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z97I_AC.html#hero-overview

ASRock Z87E-ITX http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87E-ITX/

Z97I-PLUS http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97IPLUS/

EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=111-HR-E972-KR

Oh sweet, thanks for the links akira, that really helps. I guess the two things I'll have to determine is how good each of their OCing abilities are and how I will go about cooling the board (VRMs, Chipset). With the Impact it's easy, full MB block. With the others, gonna be more tricky. I've got some HW to do thumb.gif.


EDIT: Ideally one of THESE would be a good option as I get $40 off any board from MC and I'm picking up my 4790K from there on the 30th.
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 6/25/14 at 8:10am
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Originally Posted by akira749 View Post

Here's a few suggestion of almost black itx board.

You'll have to check their OC'ing capabilities but you'll have some choices wink.gif

MSI Z97i AC (not the gaming edition) http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z97I_AC.html#hero-overview

ASRock Z87E-ITX http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87E-ITX/

Z97I-PLUS http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97IPLUS/

EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=111-HR-E972-KR

Also the Gigabyte Z97N or Z87N motherboards are black with a hint of grey.
 
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post #7736 of 22423
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The ASRock Z97E-ITX is pretty sweet for the price. I have no problem overclocking CPU and RAM on the Z77 version and according to reviews it's gotten even better. Of course you will want to keep your nickel block as there's no full cover block for it. The ASUS Z97-I PLUS is nice too as well as MSI's Z97I AC.


On one hand the Impact makes things just easier. I can trust that the board most likely won't be what holds my OC back (whether it be because of the features or cooling) and I can just throw a full board block on it.

One the other hand I could pick a board specifically for the color scheme I want and probably wind up save $100.

So many tough decisions redface.gif.
post #7737 of 22423
To be completely honest man, your OC isn't going to be held back much at all by the board you choose. At this point most boards can handle it, just comes down to the silicon lottery from what I've seen.
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I have a perfectly good running RIVE right now, but decided to spend the extra money to have the all black version for my latest build... And I'd do it all over again if I had to. thumb.gif
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post #7739 of 22423
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EDIT: Ideally one of THESE would be a good option as I get $40 off any board from MC and I'm picking up my 4790K from there on the 30th.

I presume that MC == MicroCenter? If so, don't forget to factor in tax smile.gif
     
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post #7740 of 22423
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I presume that MC == MicroCenter? If so, don't forget to factor in tax smile.gif

4790K + Asus Z97I-Plus ($159.99 regular price before $40 off) comes to $414 with tax at the MC by me. Just used the Asus board as a pricing reference. That beats anywhere I can buy it online by $80+.
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