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Z170 mobo
Whats a good Z170 board for gaming? There are so many choices, similarly priced. I plan on a single gpu but that could change down the road.

Intel only. I have an i7 6700k to install in it. And a 390X.

$200 is about what I would want to spend.

Thanks in advance.

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11-18-2015 02:03 PM
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RE: Z170 mobo
I've been looking around and personally (Feature Wise) Gigabyte boards have been catching my eye more and more, and probably the majority will recommend you to get a Gigabyte board, also seeing as you already have one you might as well stick with them. I am wanting to stay in the same price range so for features I would go for either the Gaming 3 or the Gaming 5 board.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_i..._id=087053

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_i..._id=087052

It's only about $25 difference between the 2 and I personally like the Gaming 5 better, and these are the features on the GB boards that sold me.

Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™-The World's Next Universal Connector
3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
Killer™ E2200 and Intel® Gaming Networks
High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology

If you have $350 to burn you can put a Samsung 950 Pro MZ-V5P256BW 256GB M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 3.0X4 SSD M.2 SSD in that board and have read/write speeds of 2,200MB/s over 900MB/s which literally will shiit on any 2.5" SATA SSD on the market right now. With those kinds of speeds, bet the computer would boot up faster then passing a fart.

---> And Bungz beat me too it because I took to long to post. FML.

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RE: Z170 mobo
I personally own the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 3 (two of them in fact, one with a i7-4770k and the other with a i7-4790k), I really love this board and it's very stable. I'd easily recommend it's Z170X-Gaming 3 counterpart, or anything Gigabyte really, based on my experiences so far with Gigabyte. I used to only get Asus boards, but after trying out my first Gigabyte board, I haven't bought an Asus board since!

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11-19-2015 10:14 AM
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The gaming 5 board is what I was leaning towards. I guess I'll go with that one.
I'm in luck. There are 3 across the street at the Kennedy location.

Off to buy a board. Thanks for your replies.

Asus Prime Z270 A
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Asus ROG Strix 1080ti 11g OC
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Logitech Z-5500
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Corsair 780Tcase.
11-19-2015 11:15 AM
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RE: Z170 mobo
Good choice in board. Also for memory you should really shop around. CC doesn't have any in stock yet but I've seen prices on G-Skill 2x8GB (16GB) DDR4 3000MHz CL15 modules for around $180. CC only has Corsair on special order for $164 but that brand is flaky with some boards not liking the memory. I personally was told buy a few CC reps that if I'm going to be buying memory I should either buy G-Skill brand or higher end ADATA brand.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_i..._id=086268

But again this memory is special order and the price is not competitive. (No DISS to CC)

Sounds like a better deal to get 3000MHz DIMMS since the stock speed DDR4 2133MHz DIMMS go for around $160. So it's really only a $20 difference.

Also with that GAMING 5 board, make sure you update to the latest BIOS if you plan on using XMP memory modules in there. (Faster then 2133MHz speeds). For some reason the old bios doesn't O/C the memory leaving it at stock speeds even with XMP enabled. So keep that in mind if you go with the GAMING 5. Upgrade the BIOS/UEFI as soon as you get it and then if you go with higher clocked XMP ram modules, test to make sure they are running O/C'ed XMP without issue and do memtests. Supposedly this is all fixed in the lastest BIOS from GB, but still recommended to make sure its over-clocked and stable with memtest.

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RE: Z170 mobo
My new system is up and running fine. Updated bios to f4. 16 gig of DDR4 2800 ram.
The memory runs at its rated speed. I used XMP profile 1. Profile 2 would not let the system boot.

Thanks again for the recommendations. I should be good for another 4/5 years.

Asus Prime Z270 A
i7 6700k/H110 cooler
16 gig DDR4 2800
Asus ROG Strix 1080ti 11g OC
Corsair AX 760i PSU
Logitech Z-5500
Sony Bravia 48'' monitor
Win 10 Home x64
Corsair 780Tcase.
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(11-26-2015 01:25 PM)GigaBytch Wrote:  The memory runs at its rated speed. I used XMP profile 1. Profile 2 would not let the system boot.

I'm not terribly familiar with all the XMP stuff, but I can say at least that usually it's set to XMP profile 1 for most XMP compatible RAM.

Looking at the settings applied when selecting profile 2 is usually incorrect versus what the RAM is rated for (I use XMP RAM in my system at home and it's same for me, profile 1 gives it the correct settings, profile 2 settings are incorrect/unstable)

I think profile 2 is probably for further overclocking, but probably requires specific compatible components or additional cooling.

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My rig:
Intel Core i7-4790k
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 3
Patriot Viper 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866MHz
Gigabyte GTX 1060 6GB
120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD (OS)
1TB Seagate Desktop (Games)
2TB WD Green (Storage)
11-26-2015 01:39 PM
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(11-26-2015 01:25 PM)GigaBytch Wrote:  My new system is up and running fine. Updated bios to f4. 16 gig of DDR4 2800 ram.
The memory runs at its rated speed. I used XMP profile 1. Profile 2 would not let the system boot.

Thanks again for the recommendations. I should be good for another 4/5 years.

Would you care to share what CPU and COOLING you are using on the new machine and temps? Also what memory modules did you go with and what memory configuration? It's always nice to know whats good and stable.

Thanks.

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RE: Z170 mobo

Asus Prime Z270 A
i7 6700k/H110 cooler
16 gig DDR4 2800
Asus ROG Strix 1080ti 11g OC
Corsair AX 760i PSU
Logitech Z-5500
Sony Bravia 48'' monitor
Win 10 Home x64
Corsair 780Tcase.
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