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sileNtzM
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Arrow Best MB for this setup - 08-08-2014, 20:00 | posts: 6 | Location: Toulouse

Hello everyone,

I've a difficult choice to make this weekend, I need to choose the best MB for my setup.

My setup is currently composed of :
- Intel Core i7 4790K
- 4 x 8Go DDR3 2400MHz Corsair Dominator Platinum
- 2 x Zotac GTX 770 AMP!
- 2 x 256Go SSD Samsung 850 Pro
- NZXT H440 Black/Red

I've a EK Watercooling Kit X360 composed of :
- EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ
- EK-CoolStream RAD XTX 360
- EK-DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Edition
- EK-RES X3 150

I added those for the GPUs :
- 2 x EK-FC770 GTX
- 2 x EK-FC770 GTX GW Backplate

I initialy had this MB :
- Asus Maximus VII Ranger

But the MB didn't worked out of the box and when I putted back the socket cover to ship it to Asus I slightly twisted two PINs so they don't want to take it to RMA.

So I'm looking for a good MB between 150 and 250, if possible not an Asus one (you'll understand why). I'm mainly gaming on this rig but I want to OC my CPU and GPUs a bit to squeeze a little more juice from them.

I thought of those two motherboards already :
- Asrock Z97 OC Formula
- MSI Z97 MAX Power

Thanks for reading and thanks for your tips
   
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scoter man1
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Videocard: Evga GTX 570/Korean 1440p
Processor: Intel Core i7 4790K
Mainboard: Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark1
Memory: GSkill Trident X 2x4GB
Soundcard: Onboard/Superlux HD660
PSU: XIGMATEK 750w
Default 08-08-2014, 23:40 | posts: 4,283 | Location: MI, USA

I feel bad that you had trouble with an Asus board, but imho Asus is the best out there and I'd highly recommend them for the fan/temp management that comes with all of their boards. I urge you to try it again... maybe with a different model. Otherwise, I'd probably give MSI a try.
   
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Videocard: 3GB HD7970OC/2GB HD7770
Processor: 4770K@4.5GHz/Q6600@3.6GHz
Mainboard: Z87-GD65 / P5K PREMIUM
Memory: 16GB@1866MHz/4GB@1066MHz
Soundcard: Creative SoundBlaster Z
PSU: 1200W/900W
Default 08-08-2014, 23:43 | posts: 5,988 | Location: Wolverhampton/United Kingdom

I second Asus, their board at the moment are probably the best you can get.

Otherwise give MSI a go. Something like the MSI GD65 GAMING Z97 I have the same board but on the Z87 socket and its an awesome board.
   
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Default 08-09-2014, 00:51 | posts: 6 | Location: Toulouse

I had some heated conversation with the Asus France Support, I can't buy a motherboard without having confidence in the support. I had Asus MBs for like 10 years now, I'm quite upset that for two sightly twisted (really sightly, you can put them back up really easy) they don't want to test the motherboard.

Any thoughts on Gigabyte ?
I've found this one at 250 :
- Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1
   
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Videocard: Radeon R7 240
Processor: AMD Athlon 5350
Mainboard: Asus AM1M-A
Memory: 8gb G.Skill DDR3-1866
Soundcard: Creative SB X-Fi Go!
PSU: Unk 300watt
Default 08-09-2014, 01:26 | posts: 16,634 | Location: US East Coast

You really can't fault Asus here. You did damage the motherboard.... Their warranty doesn't cover negligence. Now they have to repair it, just to test and repair it. That's additional cost to fix a problem they're not responsible for.

I've had my issues with Asus Tech Support but if they're making all of their motherboards like the AM1M-A (an entry level board) I'm currently using, you'd have a hard time finding anything of equal build quality from any other company. My ASRock Z77 Extreme4 isn't even close to the build quality of the AM1M-A which is quite sad considering the price difference.


   
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Videocard: HIS HD 7950
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K
Mainboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3
Memory: Avexir Blitz 1.1 16GB
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PSU: CM Silent Pro M2 850W
Default 08-09-2014, 01:34 | posts: 33 | Location: Manila

MSI GD65 GAMING Z97 best priced out there
   
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Default 08-09-2014, 15:30 | posts: 6 | Location: Toulouse

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You really can't fault Asus here. You did damage the motherboard.... Their warranty doesn't cover negligence. Now they have to repair it, just to test and repair it. That's additional cost to fix a problem they're not responsible for.

I've had my issues with Asus Tech Support but if they're making all of their motherboards like the AM1M-A (an entry level board) I'm currently using, you'd have a hard time finding anything of equal build quality from any other company. My ASRock Z77 Extreme4 isn't even close to the build quality of the AM1M-A which is quite sad considering the price difference.
Thanks for your answer, to clarify about the damage I did, I double checked the motherboard to find why it didn't worked, everything was good. Then I called Asus, they told me to RMA it with the backpanel and the socket cover, that's what I did. Then when they received the board they told me that 2 PINs on the socket were slightly twisted, so the only way I could have do it is when I put back the socket cover, even if I did it with care but whatever. To repair the motherboard and then test it (to find it won't work) it's 49/hour, so I prefer put those in a better MB.

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Default 08-09-2014, 15:34 | posts: 6 | Location: Toulouse

I think I'll go with the Gigabyte, from the reviews I read it's a really nice motherboard, allowing me to SLI both my cards at 16x speed and benefit from a nice sound chip from Creative.
Thanks all for the help
   
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Videocard: Sapphire HD5850 Extreme
Processor: i7 860 3.6 Ghz
Mainboard: ASUS P7PP5D
Memory: 2x4 GB Kingston HyperX
Soundcard: Via on-board
PSU: Corsair HX 750
Default 08-09-2014, 15:59 | posts: 2,170 | Location: far,far from home

Just 2 bended pins?
Where do you live,there are no jewelry store,or a reputable computer repair store?
They can fix that problem for less.
Try, you have almost nothing to lose.
   
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Videocard: R9 290 Tri-x
Processor: i7 4790k @ 4.4ghz
Mainboard: Asus Z97 Pro
Memory: Gskill Ares 16gb 2133mhz
Soundcard: Onboard
PSU: Corsair AX 860W
Default 08-09-2014, 16:43 | posts: 1,672 | Location: Pennsylvania

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Originally Posted by sileNtzM View Post
I had some heated conversation with the Asus France Support, I can't buy a motherboard without having confidence in the support. I had Asus MBs for like 10 years now, I'm quite upset that for two sightly twisted (really sightly, you can put them back up really easy) they don't want to test the motherboard.

Any thoughts on Gigabyte ?
I've found this one at 250 :
- Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1
ASUS didn't do any damage to the board you did. So Asus was in the right to void the warranty because of you damaging the board. Any way Gigabyte boards are pretty solid boards.
   
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PSU: Seasonic 850W Gold
Default 08-09-2014, 17:10 | posts: 6 | Location: Toulouse

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ASUS didn't do any damage to the board you did. So Asus was in the right to void the warranty because of you damaging the board. Any way Gigabyte boards are pretty solid boards.
They didn't void the warranty, they ask to repair the PINs before getting the board into warranty, and I even can "repair" the board in 30 sec so I don't want to pay 49/h to bend 2 PINs back.
   
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PSU: Seasonic 850W Gold
Default 08-09-2014, 17:15 | posts: 6 | Location: Toulouse

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Just 2 bended pins?
Where do you live,there are no jewelry store,or a reputable computer repair store?
They can fix that problem for less.
Try, you have almost nothing to lose.
The problem is that the board didn't worked even with those 2 PINs not bended. There was an "00" error code and the board was physicaly not damaged at the start, it got damaged when I sent it to RMA (when I put back the socket cover apparently). I'll try to get it back, repair the PINs and send it to RMA by the store where I bought it and not Asus directly.
   
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Videocard: ZOTAC GTX780 OC AmpFan
Processor: i7 4770K OC 4.7GHz @1.28v
Mainboard: ASUS Z87 Deluxe
Memory: Crucial BLE 16GB 2400MHz
Soundcard: Creative X-Fi Titanium HD
PSU: Chieftec NTRO88+ 650W
Default 08-09-2014, 17:32 | posts: 8,094 | Location: Urban`Jungle

Ranger is a entry mobo, its bound to be a little buggy..

Imo get asus z97 Deluxe or asus z97 WS.
   
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