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Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 7 vs. Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero

Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 7 vs. Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero
Which one is better? I want to do some overclocking and want black/red more than white/red.
If you have any changes to my build please suggest?


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Ddx6hq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Ddx6hq/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
CPU Cooler: Enermax Liqtech 120X 111.0 CFM Ball Bearing Liquid CPU Cooler ($65.00 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: ARCTIC MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($6.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($190.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($69.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($41.39 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($280.00)
Power Supply: Rosewill 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.88 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($83.89 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: HP 22cwa 21.5" 60Hz Monitor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Devastator II Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Micro Center)
Other: Diy pc case ($40.00)
Total: $1059.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-09 10:44 EDT-0400
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  1. Best answer
    I would definitely go with the ASUS on this one, specially if your considering overclocking..
    One thing, hold on the VGA buying, 390 will be replaced by 480 at lower price at the end of this month!
  2. ohenryy said:
    I would definitely go with the ASUS on this one, specially if your considering overclocking..
    One thing, hold on the VGA buying, 390 will be replaced by 480 at lower price at the end of this month!


    Does the 480 have better performance? I want to max out games at 60 fps. I also learn to do some 3d modelling and animation. How much VRAM does the 480 have?
  3. Agreed with ohenryy; I recently got my ASUS VIII Hero so maybe I am a little biased but so far there have been no issues. I've done a lot of testing and so far the following features might appeal to you:
    - fantastic onboard audio
    - simple to setup BIOS system
    - high potential for overclocking ability
    - great individual fan control
    - well-designed board layout (I've heard of others having issues fitting specific GPUs on the Gaming boards
    - excellent vrm + phase cooling
    - for aesthetics there is also awesome cosmetic lighting & gold plated audio jacks with colored shells
    - usb 3.1 and usb c
    My personal desires in a motherboard was a solid in-built sound card and personal modding (overclocking/ease of BIOS use) so I've mainly just focused on those when I bought my board.
  4. I would go 110% with the gaming 7. You pay extra for just the leters ROG.
    The RX 480 is suposed to give the performance of a GTX 980/R9 390X for 200 bucks.
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