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Old November 10, 2018, 07:19 AM
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Okay I want to upgrade my motherboard and I admit I know ZERO about motherboards I am hoping you guys can save me a mess of time and probably making a mistake in my purchase.

My cpu is a Intel i7-7700 4.2GHz

My gpu is a 1080 Ti XE

My ram is G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200)

My tower is a Thermaltake 71 - which can fit up to an E ATX, but figuring maybe just go with an ATX?

Currently I am using the MSI B250M Bazooka, I would like to stick with MSI, but would be open to other brands.

The only thing I would add is the ability to add another gpu in the future, and on a smaller note I do enjoy the RGB effects, everything else will have it, so a bit on the motherboard would be nice, but functionality over looks definitely reins.

Thanks so much, I definitely appreciate the help guys, as I say, I am utterly lost on this subject and those of you who really know your boards can probably hit me with a couple of options without even blinking an eye
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What you need to focus on is the chipset first, and feature set second. The 7700k is only supported on the 2xx series (like your 250, or a 270) and 1xx series if they get a bios update to support it. I wouldn't bother with the 1xx series. You probably won't find any unless they're used anyways.

What is it you're lacking with the 250 that makes you want to upgrade?
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What you need to focus on is the chipset first, and feature set second. The 7700k is only supported on the 2xx series (like your 250, or a 270) and 1xx series if they get a bios update to support it. I wouldn't bother with the 1xx series. You probably won't find any unless they're used anyways.

What is it you're lacking with the 250 that makes you want to upgrade?



Room, I hate that everything is cramped up, severely. So since buying the system last year it was horrible, so I have replaced the gpu the ram and wanted more room so I purchased the 71 and the Thermaltake rad. system (as I will have much more room) Some of my SATA cables are cramped right up against my 1080 as we all know it's huge card and sometimes those cables pop off. I have looked for different positioned SATA cables but as of yet can't find any that offer the angles I need to fit exactly.

And being that the 71 can take up to an E ATX, figured going to an ATX would be an increase from my micro ATX and give me some breathing space. Not to mention I have a mess of Thermaltake Riing fans and those cords are thick and long, again having more space would be very nice.
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There's tonnes of options in the ATX size. If there's particular features you want I'd start there. If there's nothing special you want then just pick a Z270 board that fits your budget, probably from their gaming lineup.

Try to consider some upgrade paths too. Most of those boards have M2 slots, which is nice.
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There's tonnes of options in the ATX size. If there's particular features you want I'd start there. If there's nothing special you want then just pick a Z270 board that fits your budget, probably from their gaming lineup.

Try to consider some upgrade paths too. Most of those boards have M2 slots, which is nice.

Perhaps something like this? https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...9SIA7BB5US7295


I assume I don't want a 300 series board, I see under the search you can choose, 1151 or 1151 (300)
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3xx chipsets support 8000 and 9000 series cpus so no, you need a 2xx series board.

You may want to check out some used boards too. Might be able to find something for a lot less than 300+tax
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3xx chipsets support 8000 and 9000 series cpus so no, you need a 2xx series board.

You may want to check out some used boards too. Might be able to find something for a lot less than 300+tax

Okay cool I shall take a look around at what's out there and see, making sure it's 2xx series, thanks for the info, appreciate it!!
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Kind of a bad time to buy Z270 boards... but if you're stuck on MSI, I'd say give this "used" one a try from Amazon. Worse case, return it if it doesn't work or if it's in bad condition.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...condition=used

You can see all that they have here: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_no...-keywords=z270

I'm an ASUS guy so I'd go with either of these if I was you:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...condition=used
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...condition=used
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Kind of a bad time to buy Z270 boards... but if you're stuck on MSI, I'd say give this "used" one a try from Amazon. Worse case, return it if it doesn't work or if it's in bad condition.
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...condition=used

You can see all that they have here: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_no...-keywords=z270

I'm an ASUS guy so I'd go with either of these if I was you:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...condition=used
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...condition=used



Certainly doesn't have to be MSI, just had a good experience with both them and Gigabyte boards, and a couple extra bucks is okay, I would definitely rather go new then used, and I like the RGB factor as the rest of my system is lit up as well, just can't seem to find one with that feature for under $300.

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RGB wasn't a big thing quite yet back then though, so the ASUS boards have Aura Sync but don't really have many lights onboard.

I personally wouldn't pay $300 for that one you linked, it averaged around $150 when it was actually "new". It's a 3rd party selling their old inventory at inflated prices. Newegg sells the refurbished version directly: https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...21&ignorebbr=1. You could also try eBay and see if anyone has new boards listed.

Generally the Amazon Warehouse stuff is just returns, so it should be in relatively good condition.
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