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Msi or ASRock

James.
  • 76 months ago

Which of these boards is better? If you don't consider the very slight price difference.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45gaming

Or

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extreme4

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I always go with ASUS, Gigabyte, or MSI first. Lots of people use ASRock, but in my experience they are of lesser quality than the previously mentioned brands. They tend to be more low budget oriented boards.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, I've already bought an MSI GPU so that might tie in better. I don't suppose you know of any motherboards in this sort of range with a black back? (I don't know the correct term for this) I find the brown on most boards to be very unaesthetic.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The back board is called PCB. I agree on the brown, they are very unappealing. The mATX version of the MSI Gaming board has an all black PCB. Most of the Gigabyte boards have a true black PCB as well.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-g1sniperz87

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87xud3h

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry what is the difference between ATX and mATX, is mATX bigger or something?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

mATX is micro ATX so it is 61mm shorter, but the same width as ATX.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh that is abit annoying, I'd prefer to gull full atx for my first build. At the moment my parts tend to be veering more towards a back and gold vibe (minus the GPU) How is this for a board? It looks like it has a black PCB and has features that i desire, however I do not know what the other part shown in the picture is next to the mobo.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87pro

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I also use ASUS boards and the ASUS Z87 Pro is an excellent board, and although there is a benefit to using an MSI board with an MSI GPU, the Z87 Pro works best for your black/gold, not to mention is very high quality!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah thanks for agreeing, it's more expensive than what i had planned, so every bit of support makes it much more price appealing. And It's just a shame that my GPU is black and red not gold, I saw a very nice black and gold GPU but the reviews put me off. :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting because the only black/gold GPU's I've seen are the EVGA with the ACX cooling and they're among the highest reviewed. Even if the front plate of the MSI is black/red, the edge that is visible may not show any red, depending on which model...there's always the option to remove the fan cover and mod it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the card: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx7803xpboc

It's not very easily available here in the UK, I only found 1 place selling it and that had a high premium. But as you said, i may consider water cooling in the future so it isn't the end of the world.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, good call on going with MSI over that one.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's nice having some support on my decisions, I'd rather not make loads of mistakes on my first build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same ASrock board and it failed on me after about a month it just went bad so i returned it to microcenter and got the asus Z87 A and couldn't be happier

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you say 1 defect board is enough for me to not buy it? Or are you just advising me that it has had problems? :/

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

idk too be honest but just tread carefully, when buying motherboards stick with asus,gigabyte,msi and evga

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

this is the board that i replaced the extreme 4 with after it died http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a and i love it, sli and crossfire

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

True, it's only 1 (that you've heard about, which is the point). The Z77 series for Ivy Bridge was much better, the Z77 Extreme4 and Extreme6 were two of the most popular boards, both by ASRock, seems that their QC department lost some staff or something while the Z87 line was in development.

Read the "bad reviews", they tell you what you're in for...If you do a comparison of the 3-4 boards you're interested in and then look at the lowest reviews, you can quickly see the kind of problems that plague builders.

Reviews from ASUS/MSI especially, and Gigabyte, are mostly positive, with a large number of the issues mentioned coming from people being nit-picky or giving bad scores for missing features (which is not a valid review).

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