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Yet another "which motherboard" question

MichaelBrock
  • 65 months ago

I am slowly putting together my new "moderate gaming" build. I have no plans to overclock (at least not the cpu) and don't anticipate wanting to run sli/crossfire. So my plan is to with the 4460/4570/4590 cpu and an H97 motherboard. The problem is that there seem to be a slew of similarly priced motherboards with very similar feature sets. This is my build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $83.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $63.99
Storage Crucial M550 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $90.99
Video Card *PNY GeForce GTX 970 4GB XLR8 Video Card $324.99 @ Directron
Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $39.99
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $25.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor Purchased For $134.99
Case Fan Cougar Vortex 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Cougar Vortex 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Cougar Vortex 60.4 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1053.64
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-16 20:39 EST-0500

Right now I'm caught between these two (but I'm open to other opinions):

Gigabyte H97-d3h

Asrock H97-Pro4

For my purposes the Gigabyte has the slight edge in features (an M.2 interface which I will probably never use, and 1 more chassis fan controller) but also cost about $10 more.

Anyone with an opinion one way or the other? There doesn't seem to be an overwhelming "favorite brand", especially at the lower "no bells & whistles" end of things.

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I decided to spend the extra $10 and get the Gigabyte H97-d3h. In addition to the extra case fan controller, it has a more modern audio chip set and the dualBios.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Z97 will be better in same price.

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