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Choosing an ATX Mobo


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#1 Plexabyte

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 09:24 AM

Hey guys, just joined the forum :D

 

I'm finally building a new desktop. I don't have a ton to spend, so keep that in mind :D

 

Narrowed down my mobo to:

 

MSI X97S SLI Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130775

 

ASRock Z97 Extreme 6

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157500

 

I really like the looks of the MSI (Doing a blue/black build), really slick. However the ASRock seems to be better quality.

 

I would really appreciate having AC WiFi on it--Any recommended boards for that? Like I said, blue/black or mostly black would be best, but if there's something out there that's just much better and isn't those colors, that's fine too :D Preferably below $150.

 

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 10:18 AM

This ASRock one is a little bit cheaper but has everything you seem to need, regarding the wifi, you could get dongles for around $20. And you said ATX, but this ASRock one is mini-ATX and has built in wifi, but there isn't much room for upgrading. If you want to go open-box, then this Asus board is ATX, with built in wifi and plenty of room for upgrading.


Edited by Aerys, 19 November 2014 - 10:23 AM.

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:04 PM

Thanks for the reply.

 

I hadn't seen that mini-ATX board before--I like it and might go with it. I probably won't be doing SLI anytime soon, and I did want built-in WiFi so I don't take up a port. That being said, I do like the M.2 slot on the Extreme6 but maybe I could just hook up a small SSD via SATA...



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 03:11 PM

Sounds good, the M.2 port is definitely something worth considering if you have/plan to get an M.2 drive, because of the speed gains. The Extreme6 board is certainly a nice board, I just brought up a few recommendations to save some money. Good luck with your build!


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 05:47 PM

What about this build? If I did this I would get the windowed Prodigy and put blue UV reactant wire covers on everything...that should look nice  B)

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/plexabit/saved/Gx9wrH

 

I'm also getting an SSD, so don't worry about that...


Edited by Plexabyte, 19 November 2014 - 05:47 PM.


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 10:45 AM

Your build looks pretty good to me, I assume you are planning to overclock because you got the 4690K and a pretty beefy cooler. I would recommend getting a dual channel memory kit (2x 4GB) instead of a single stick, unless you plan to double it in the future. Also, I think you should go with at least a 600W power supply, 620-650 if you can manage.


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 12:47 AM

Yeah, I plan to probably overclock, especially if I go with the mini ITX board since it's only single-GPU. I also put together a quick Black/Blue ATX build that should look nice as well:

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/plexabit/saved/GXnNnQ

 

If I went this route I'd probably spend more to get the nice matching NZXT watercooling setup.






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