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Good deal for a motherboard?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Background: I’ve replaced everything from my prebuilt IBuyPower PC except the cpu (8700K) and motherboard and I found out recently my motherboard is a pretty cheap MSI Z370-A Pro (bottom of tier list) so I’ve wanted to replace it.

 

Ive kept my eye on this motherboard on Newegg and Amazon for quite a while 

(2-3 months) and it’s normally priced at $289.99 on both sites. Occasionally I’ve seen it on sale for $259.99.

 

Today it’s on sale on one of their deals and it’s lower priced than I’ve ever seen it. I’ve seen it at $239 before but now it’s at $239 with a $20 MIR bringing the price down to $219 total.

 

Should I pull the trigger?

 

I am an overclocker who overclocks everything I can and I’d like a better, higher quality motherboard as well as one that has more than 1 m.2 slot and this one seems to fit the criteria.

 

Does anyone know if this is a good motherboard from personal experience or trusted reviews and is it worth buying at $219?

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CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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The board's definitely worth buying


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Posted · Original PosterOP
9 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

The board's definitely worth buying

I just pulled the trigger. 😜 

 

I’ve been watching it every day for months to find a good price and the lowest I saw ever was $259.99 so $219.99 seems like a steal!

 

I mean the MEG ACE is a Tier A board and it’s only like $50 more than boards that are much worse. Heck I think my crappy z370a pro was like $150.


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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just make sure you have a wifi adapter, i dont think that board  has wifi

 

but the vrms are very well cooled on that board and will be great for overclocking


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, scuff gang said:

just make sure you have a wifi adapter, i dont think that board  has wifi

 

but the vrms are very well cooled on that board and will be great for overclocking

I use Ethernet though, do I really need WiFi? 🤔 


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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Just now, GamerBlake said:

I use Ethernet though, do I really need WiFi? 🤔 

not if you use ethernet, might look into a bluetooth adapter if you use that tho


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15 minutes ago, GamerBlake said:

I just pulled the trigger. 😜 

 

I’ve been watching it every day for months to find a good price and the lowest I saw ever was $259.99 so $219.99 seems like a steal!

 

I mean the MEG ACE is a Tier A board and it’s only like $50 more than boards that are much worse. Heck I think my crappy z370a pro was like $150.

Not sure replacing your motherboard to keep running the same chip was the best use of over $200.

 

Granted, you better be able to run that 8700K at 5GHz on all cores.  

 

Least you know not to buy a prebuilt again.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, Lorant said:

Not sure replacing your motherboard to keep running the same chip was the best use of over $200.

 

Granted, you better be able to run that 8700K at 5GHz on all cores.  

 

Least you know not to buy a prebuilt again.

Well actually I only bought a prebuilt because I needed a computer in April 2018.

 

Back then GPU prices were WAY overinflated due to cryptocurrency miners driving up demand and reducing supply and the only way I could get a decent build was by buying prebuilt.

 

It was more out of necessity than my choice to buy prebuilt.


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, Lorant said:

Not sure replacing your motherboard to keep running the same chip was the best use of over $200.

 

Granted, you better be able to run that 8700K at 5GHz on all cores.  

 

Least you know not to buy a prebuilt again.

P.S. I didn’t do it just for the CPU. I also wanted a mobo that could handle more than 1x NVMe drive and i should get better RAM overclocks too.

 

Plus as a bonus I can give my dad this old one since his PC is still running, and I kid you not, DDR2, yes DDR2, RAM.


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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3 minutes ago, GamerBlake said:

P.S. I didn’t do it just for the CPU. I also wanted a mobo that could handle more than 1x NVMe drive and i should get better RAM overclocks too.

 

Plus as a bonus I can give my dad this old one since his PC is still running, and I kid you not, DDR2, yes DDR2, RAM.

Lol, doubt your dad even cares.  My old man just asked me to recommend a new Chromebook, under $150.  Watching the news on his PC doesn't take much.

 

No worries, enjoy the machine and the higher clocks.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Lorant said:

Lol, doubt your dad even cares.  My old man just asked me to recommend a new Chromebook, under $150.  Watching the news on his PC doesn't take much.

 

No worries, enjoy the machine and the higher clocks.

That’s true 😂, but still I’m sure he’ll appreciate the mobo, ssd and ram as if anything it’ll speed up his boot times.

 

 


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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