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    Asus Z87-PRO vs. MSI Z87 MPOWER (Not Max)

    Hey guys. As of within a few days, i'm about to order some pieces for a new gaming rig!

    However, as of motherboard i've found 2, to about the same price, that I think will suit my needs.

    The question is just.. what should I choose?

    - Thanks in advance!

    The Parts that i've picked so far;
    Netzteil 730W be quiet! Pure Power CM (L8) BN
    Be Quiet Shadow Rock 2
    Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz 6MB Box S1150 HD4600 OC
    Fractal Design ATX Midi DEFINE R4 o.N.
    Corsair DDR3 PC2133 16GB kit CL11 Vengeance Pro
    Asus GeForce GTX780 OC 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0
    Samsung SSD 840 Evo 250GB SATA6 Basic kit

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    Re: Asus Z87-PRO vs. MSI Z87 MPOWER (Not Max)

    what do you want to do with this PC? overclocking? gaming?
    You need to tell us more detail in order to get help.

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    • pastymuncher's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 9600K @ 5Ghz
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb Gskill Trident 3866mhz
      • Storage:
      • 250Gb Samsung 970 Evo Polaris+960GB Corsair MP510
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Inno3D GTX1070 iChill Air Boss X3
      • PSU:
      • BeQuiet Straight Power 11 550w
      • Case:
      • Self built desk mod
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2716DG Rev A04
      • Internet:
      • BT Fibre

    Re: Asus Z87-PRO vs. MSI Z87 MPOWER (Not Max)

    Around that price i would be looking at the Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H. Seems to be a very good board judging by the reviews and is on offer at OCUK at the moment with a free Coolermaster Seidon 120 all in one watercooler. The Asus boards are good but look terrible (i have a Z87-A). For Haswell you don't need a expensive motherboard as the cpu will run out of headroom long before you run out of options in the bios. A board like the Gigabyte Z87X-D3H at around £100 will do most of what the two you picked can do, including both SLI and Crossfire.

    You only really need 8GB of ram for a gaming rig. 16GB is massive overkill. You would be better off spending the money elsewhere such as a better psu. The Bequiet 730w you have chosen is only bronze rated and can only deliver 660w on the 12v rail. Have you seen the new EVGA SuperNova G2 750W '80 Plus Gold psu? It's a top quality unit built by Superflower (one of the biggest OEM's in the world), has 749w on the 12v rail and has a 10 year warranty!! It's also only £89.99.

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