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Motherboard Options for 7th gen Intel Processors

So with 7th gen Intel processors out and me about to finally finish off my custom rig within the next few weeks, according to my build on PC Part Picker, the old MOBO has compatibility issues, which leads me to looking for a new one I suppose.

Here's the current build for reference: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xYr3xY

Previously had the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming ATX LGA1151 selected.
Any suggestions on some solid options?

On a side note, any notes on the setup as it is? Good, bad, could use a few changes?
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  1. Just update the BIOS and Kabylake CPU's will work fine on it. Everything else looks good.

    On a side note I love the black/green on your MSI card, I've always wanted to do a black/green "nuclear" setup but don't care to paint parts and trying to find the color scheme is pretty difficult.
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  2. The only problem is the 100 series may need a bios update before a 7th gen goes in, which needs a 6th gen to flash with. Easy route is to get a 200 series
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  3. WildCard999 said:
    Just update the BIOS and Kabylake CPU's will work fine on it. Everything else looks good.


    Not to sound like an idiot, but this is honestly (and probably obviously) my first time doing a custom build and really going that extensively into messing around with settings and the such.
    Is there a quick link or explanation you could provide on doing a BIOS update?
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  4. Nvm, I'm an idiot and miss read your post as I thought you already had the motherboard, just go with a Z270 (the Asus STRIX are nice) and you won't need to worry about compatibility.
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  5. WildCard999 said:
    Nvm, I'm an idiot and miss read your post as I thought you already had the motherboard, just go with a Z270 (the Asus STRIX are nice) and you won't need to worry about compatibility.


    I checked out the Asus STRIX Z270-E Gaming before I came on here, but in reviews I read about quite a few issues. I know there's plenty of times people just don't understand the installation, the hardware had a defect, or it was damaged in transit, but I'm still not totally sure on that one.
    I also noticed the price is a good deal more expensive than the Z170, which may be a tad out of my comfort range right now.
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  6. TheGameAce said:
    WildCard999 said:
    Nvm, I'm an idiot and miss read your post as I thought you already had the motherboard, just go with a Z270 (the Asus STRIX are nice) and you won't need to worry about compatibility.


    I checked out the Asus STRIX Z270-E Gaming before I came on here, but in reviews I read about quite a few issues. I know there's plenty of times people just don't understand the installation, the hardware had a defect, or it was damaged in transit, but I'm still not totally sure on that one.
    I also noticed the price is a good deal more expensive than the Z170, which may be a tad out of my comfort range right now.


    Since you're building a kaby lake setup from scratch, you HAVE to get a 200 series board(B, H, or Z), or it won't work. If you pair a 100 series board with a kaby lake cpu, the cpu won't be detected. Now, it IS possible to get an updated 100 series motherboard - I got lucky when putting together a new build(asrock h110 & I3 7100) for my mother - but it's all up to chance.

    If the Strix Z270 doesn't interest you, here's a few others:
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4rPzK8/gigabyte-ga-z270-gaming-k3-atx-lga1151-motherboard-ga-z270-gaming-k3
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/kFp323/asrock-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-k4-atx-lga1151-motherboard-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-k4
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/z4wqqs/asus-z270-mk2-atx-lga1151-motherboard-z270-mk2
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KvvZxr/msi-z270-a-pro-atx-lga1151-motherboard-z270-a-pro
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  7. TheGameAce said:
    WildCard999 said:
    Nvm, I'm an idiot and miss read your post as I thought you already had the motherboard, just go with a Z270 (the Asus STRIX are nice) and you won't need to worry about compatibility.


    I checked out the Asus STRIX Z270-E Gaming before I came on here, but in reviews I read about quite a few issues. I know there's plenty of times people just don't understand the installation, the hardware had a defect, or it was damaged in transit, but I'm still not totally sure on that one.
    I also noticed the price is a good deal more expensive than the Z170, which may be a tad out of my comfort range right now.


    Budget?
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  8. Phaaze88 said:
    TheGameAce said:
    WildCard999 said:
    Nvm, I'm an idiot and miss read your post as I thought you already had the motherboard, just go with a Z270 (the Asus STRIX are nice) and you won't need to worry about compatibility.


    I checked out the Asus STRIX Z270-E Gaming before I came on here, but in reviews I read about quite a few issues. I know there's plenty of times people just don't understand the installation, the hardware had a defect, or it was damaged in transit, but I'm still not totally sure on that one.
    I also noticed the price is a good deal more expensive than the Z170, which may be a tad out of my comfort range right now.


    Since you're building a kaby lake setup from scratch, you HAVE to get a 200 series board(B, H, or Z), or it won't work. If you pair a 100 series board with a kaby lake cpu, the cpu won't be detected. Now, it IS possible to get an updated 100 series motherboard - I got lucky when putting together a new build(asrock h110 & I3 7100) for my mother - but it's all up to chance.

    If the Strix Z270 doesn't interest you, here's a few others:
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4rPzK8/gigabyte-ga-z270-gaming-k3-atx-lga1151-motherboard-ga-z270-gaming-k3
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/kFp323/asrock-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-k4-atx-lga1151-motherboard-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-k4
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/z4wqqs/asus-z270-mk2-atx-lga1151-motherboard-z270-mk2
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KvvZxr/msi-z270-a-pro-atx-lga1151-motherboard-z270-a-pro


    Thanks for the info! Will keep those in mind while I deliberate on my final choice.
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  9. WildCard999 said:
    TheGameAce said:
    WildCard999 said:
    Nvm, I'm an idiot and miss read your post as I thought you already had the motherboard, just go with a Z270 (the Asus STRIX are nice) and you won't need to worry about compatibility.


    I checked out the Asus STRIX Z270-E Gaming before I came on here, but in reviews I read about quite a few issues. I know there's plenty of times people just don't understand the installation, the hardware had a defect, or it was damaged in transit, but I'm still not totally sure on that one.
    I also noticed the price is a good deal more expensive than the Z170, which may be a tad out of my comfort range right now.


    Budget?


    For a board I'd prefer trying to keep around $130 or less. May stretch as far as $150 if there's something worthwhile enough that makes a good difference.
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  10. Best answer
    I'd look at this Asrock.
    https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8040/asrock-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-k6-motherboard-review/index.html


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($128.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $128.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-05 09:47 EDT-0400
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  11. WildCard999 said:
    I'd look at this Asrock.
    https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8040/asrock-fatal1ty-z270-gaming-k6-motherboard-review/index.html


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($128.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $128.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-05 09:47 EDT-0400


    Ok, sorry for the very late response. Was out of town for two weeks while Irma was blowing through, and been busy since. I think I'm going to spend a bit of extra money to get the ASRock - Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard, since I've noted it seems to have more (and better) reviews to it, and since it sounds like that general line is pretty solid.
    Thanks for all your help!
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