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Old August 19, 2014, 06:00 PM
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Hey Everyone,

I'm looking at putting together a ML07 (Raven RVZ01 minus the stylin) mini-build for while I'm traveling in Ontario as I have my Surface 2 Pro for 'laptop' needs, but it'd be nice to have something better for gaming (and just for an excuse to build one....). I'll probably build it over the weekend grabbing parts from MemEx Edmonton while I'm home for a weekend.

I'm looking at either;
Asus Z97I-PLUS w/ DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E x16 at Memory Express
MSI Z97I AC w/ Dual DDR3 1600, SB Cinema, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit LAN, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express
MSI Z97I GAMING AC w/ Dual DDR3 1600, SB Cinema 2 7.1 Audio, Killer GB LAN, PCI-E x16 at Memory Express

I've had bad luck with Gigabyte boards, and lean towards an MSI or ASUS, anyone heard much feedback between them lately? Any real reason to go with the MSI 'Gaming' board? I noticed the Killer networks and more current soundcard, but I'm not sure it's really worth the difference...
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Old August 19, 2014, 06:33 PM
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The ASUS Maximus VII Impact has been anounced and should be in stores in a matter off weeks.
No solid reviews up on it yet but personally I am interested in it.
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Old August 19, 2014, 06:50 PM
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Hey Everyone,

I'm looking at putting together a ML07 (Raven RVZ01 minus the stylin) mini-build for while I'm traveling in Ontario as I have my Surface 2 Pro for 'laptop' needs, but it'd be nice to have something better for gaming (and just for an excuse to build one....). I'll probably build it over the weekend grabbing parts from MemEx Edmonton while I'm home for a weekend.

I'm looking at either;
Asus Z97I-PLUS w/ DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E x16 at Memory Express
MSI Z97I AC w/ Dual DDR3 1600, SB Cinema, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit LAN, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express
MSI Z97I GAMING AC w/ Dual DDR3 1600, SB Cinema 2 7.1 Audio, Killer GB LAN, PCI-E x16 at Memory Express

I've had bad luck with Gigabyte boards, and lean towards an MSI or ASUS, anyone heard much feedback between them lately? Any real reason to go with the MSI 'Gaming' board? I noticed the Killer networks and more current soundcard, but I'm not sure it's really worth the difference...
I'm not sure the killer network card is worthwhile as many folks end up grabbing straight nic drivers in order to get away from the core bandwidth managing functions (the software is bundled with the MSI nic drivers and can't be uninstalled separately so you need to download generic drivers for it), and I'd say if it's more of an on-the-road kinda build then maybe the audio features might not be either.

Biggest thing I'm seeing (assuming it isn't just marketing hype) is the 6 phase vice 4 phase power section... do you intend on OCing it to the hilt?
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Old August 19, 2014, 07:06 PM
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I'm not sure the killer network card is worthwhile as many folks end up grabbing straight nic drivers in order to get away from the core bandwidth managing functions (the software is bundled with the MSI nic drivers and can't be uninstalled separately so you need to download generic drivers for it), and I'd say if it's more of an on-the-road kinda build then maybe the audio features might not be either.

Biggest thing I'm seeing (assuming it isn't just marketing hype) is the 6 phase vice 4 phase power section... do you intend on OCing it to the hilt?
Nope. I don't think the ventilation in the case will be good enough to make OC'ing a wise choice
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Old August 19, 2014, 07:21 PM
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Personally, if it's pretty much going to be stock clocks (or mild OC) I wouldn't be able to justify the extra cash then. As enthusiasts it's hard to stray away from the top of the line kit, but the success I'm having with this H81 board shows that you don't need all that bling. :)
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the success I'm having with this H81 board shows that you don't need all that bling. :)
I would assume you have the Pentium G3258 on it? I guess even a mild OC to 4 GHz would be enough for quality gaming at 1080p. The extra cash would be better directed towards a better graphics card.

On another note, I know that SKY benched the AMD A7850k at 1080p for gaming on IGP but I heard it does very good if the resolution is lowered to 720p, doing 50-60FPS in most games with med to high settings. So for a box on the move could be a very good choice.
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I would assume you have the Pentium G3258 on it? I guess even a mild OC to 4 GHz would be enough for quality gaming at 1080p. The extra cash would be better directed towards a better graphics card.

On another note, I know that SKY benched the AMD A7850k at 1080p for gaming on IGP but I heard it does very good if the resolution is lowered to 720p, doing 50-60FPS in most games with med to high settings. So for a box on the move could be a very good choice.
I do, but it's running a little bit higher than 4G under custom water. :) Should have an older (but still relatively decent) card to throw onto it shortly so we'll see how it benches @ 1080p. :)
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