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MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

+ USD $22.50 off w/ promo code 0624SEANCE129, limited offer
$10.00 mail-in rebate

Intel Z170
Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151)
DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133

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#2
How's the board compared to the previous $99 deal?
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Really trying to find a decent Z170 LGA 1151 motherboard for overclocking an i7-6700K. This is my first build. So far I haven't seen any boards with 5-eggs on Newegg and 4.5+ stars on Amazon go on sale here.

I really want to invest in a good motherboard since that's one of the most important parts of the PC, so I've been shopping for motherboards for a good month now and haven't picked one up. Does anyone have any suggestions for a motherboard on sale, either this or any other?

It has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 59 customers in an aggregate review with other Z170 MSI motherboards, and Newegg gave it a 4-egg review average from 7 people.
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Quote from hamirmahal View Post :
Really trying to find a decent Z170 LGA 1151 motherboard for overclocking an i7-6700K. This is my first build. So far I haven't seen any boards with 5-eggs on Newegg and 4.5+ stars on Amazon go on sale here.

I really want to invest in a good motherboard since that's one of the most important parts of the PC, so I've been shopping for motherboards for a good month now and haven't picked one up. Does anyone have any suggestions for a motherboard on sale, either this or any other?

It has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 59 customers in an aggregate review with other Z170 MSI motherboards, and Newegg gave it a 4-egg review average from 7 people.

I don't trust customer reviews on mobos that much. Too many people who break it themselves, or it if it is legit DOA, then they leave a 1 star when they can just exchange it.


In my opinion:
  • Buy from reputable seller with easy exchanges. Preferably Amazon
  • Buy from a brand with good RMA process (not Asus, for example)
  • Test every single feature within 30 days. Mobos have dozens of features so make sure you test everything you may ever need in the next 5 years. It's easy for one thing to not work, but you'll only find it months from now
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Quote from hamirmahal View Post :
Really trying to find a decent Z170 LGA 1151 motherboard for overclocking an i7-6700K. This is my first build. So far I haven't seen any boards with 5-eggs on Newegg and 4.5+ stars on Amazon go on sale here.

I really want to invest in a good motherboard since that's one of the most important parts of the PC, so I've been shopping for motherboards for a good month now and haven't picked one up. Does anyone have any suggestions for a motherboard on sale, either this or any other?

It has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 59 customers in an aggregate review with other Z170 MSI motherboards, and Newegg gave it a 4-egg review average from 7 people.
I got 2 6700k build, one use asus and other use msi. both board are very nice and fast. with very good reviews
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Prior version of this board had some issues: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813130868

Not really enough reviews on this one to know.
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I've had this board for a couple of months now and it's been pretty good, haven't had any problems yet and I have a 6700K running in it, the BIOS is super easy to overclock the CPU and the RAM. I believe this is the same board as the $99 one, the only difference being it was branded with rainbow six. I barely missed that deal while I was comparing the 2 and they were identical in everything down to the colors and layout of the board.
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#8
This is a good - LOOKING board..

but the power delivery is weak if you're looking for high-overclock..
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Quote from RazorConcepts View Post :
I don't trust customer reviews on mobos that much. Too many people who break it themselves, or it if it is legit DOA, then they leave a 1 star when they can just exchange it.


In my opinion:
  • Buy from reputable seller with easy exchanges. Preferably Amazon
  • Buy from a brand with good RMA process (not Asus, for example)
  • Test every single feature within 30 days. Mobos have dozens of features so make sure you test everything you may ever need in the next 5 years. It's easy for one thing to not work, but you'll only find it months from now
THIS ^^^^^. Very good advice. Thanks for posting this!
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I've had this board for a couple of months now and it's been pretty good, haven't had any problems yet and I have a 6700K running in it, the BIOS is super easy to overclock the CPU and the RAM. I believe this is the same board as the $99 one, the only difference being it was branded with rainbow six. I barely missed that deal while I was comparing the 2 and they were identical in everything down to the colors and layout of the board.
Do you by any chance know if there's a max overclock on the i7-6700K? And, if your board/this one can reach it? I want to push my overclockable parts to their limit, if that's possible. I got the Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler that was on here a few days ago. Hopefully that will help.
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I don't trust customer reviews on mobos that much. Too many people who break it themselves, or it if it is legit DOA, then they leave a 1 star when they can just exchange it.


In my opinion:
Buy from reputable seller with easy exchanges. Preferably Amazon
Buy from a brand with good RMA process (not Asus, for example)
Test every single feature within 30 days. Mobos have dozens of features so make sure you test everything you may ever need in the next 5 years. It's easy for one thing to not work, but you'll only find it months from now
Thank you for posting your advice. If I try to get a motherboard that only supports a single-GPU setup, will it be cheaper? I'm probably never going to run SLI so I don't want to pay for something that I'll never use. But, if having/not having SLI or crossfire isn't going to affect the price, I won't worry about it.
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Do you by any chance know if there's a max overclock on the i7-6700K? And, if your board/this one can reach it? I want to push my overclockable parts to their limit, if that's possible. I got the Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler that was on here a few days ago. Hopefully that will help.

Thank you for posting your advice. If I try to get a motherboard that only supports a single-GPU setup, will it be cheaper? I'm probably never going to run SLI so I don't want to pay for something that I'll never use. But, if having/not having SLI or crossfire isn't going to affect the price, I won't worry about it.
If you're certain you'll never need SLI or Crossfire, you can go with a micro ATX board and case and save a ton of room. Or even go with mini-ITX if you're sure you won't need any other expansion cards like TV capture. But if you have the desktop space to spare, a full ATX board will give you more expansion options for the future.
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@hamirmaha as brunnen stated you could go with a micro atx or an ITX board, but even future rich smaller boards with cost around the same. If you go with a non-k intel you can go with a non z170 board which is generally cheaper.
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Quote from RazorConcepts View Post :
I don't trust customer reviews on mobos that much. Too many people who break it themselves, or it if it is legit DOA, then they leave a 1 star when they can just exchange it.


In my opinion:
  • Buy from reputable seller with easy exchanges. Preferably Amazon
  • Buy from a brand with good RMA process (not Asus, for example)
  • Test every single feature within 30 days. Mobos have dozens of features so make sure you test everything you may ever need in the next 5 years. It's easy for one thing to not work, but you'll only find it months from now
All good advice, but in my experience you can still discern things from customer reviews. Often-reported issues are likely to be issues. And if two options differ markedly in how many severe problems are reported, the one with more reported problems really is likely to be worse. You do have to have some understanding of the effects of sample size, though.

Throwing away data because it isn't perfect is not the smart way to go.
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Also, the problem with "test every single feature within 30 days" is that it may be impractical for the buyer. If you are collecting components for a build and don't have a test bench with lots of spares (true for many people I know), you aren't going to be able to test until you have everything. That means you really would have to buy everything at the same time, which implies you would be unlikely to be using slickdeals in the first place (since you don't have the luxury of waiting for deals).
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Quote from RazorConcepts View Post :
  • Buy from a brand with good RMA process (not Asus, for example)
Can I ask what brand you consider to have a good RMA process? Have you had issues with Asus?
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