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superVARIO

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I've just acquired a 6600k :D and need help selecting a motherboard and some ram to go with it. From what I understand most Z170 boards are very similar. Please suggest some quality boards under $200. I would like to overclock to 4.5 at least if my chip permits. The MSI M5/7 and the Asus Z170 A from what I've explored so far appear like solid choices but nothing beats practical experience with a board. MATX boards are welcome too as I haven't decided to go small or not. For the record I plan to use most of my parts from my signature with the exception of the case, maybe cooler and the addition of a 1TB SSD. The case will be replaced with the Define S or something similar. Thanks in advance. :salute:
 

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The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB is a well liked by members here. The 4.5GHz is reached by most of the i5 6600k any board will do that mild of a overclock, all boards have to clock to 4.2GHz for the i7 6700k.
 

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I've just acquired a 6600k :D and need help selecting a motherboard and some ram to go with it. From what I understand most Z170 boards are very similar. Please suggest some quality boards under $200. I would like to overclock to 4.5 at least if my chip permits. The MSI M5/7 and the Asus Z170 A from what I've explored so far appear like solid choices but nothing beats practical experience with a board. MATX boards are welcome too as I haven't decided to go small or not. For the record I plan to use most of my parts from my signature with the exception of the case, maybe cooler and the addition of a 1TB SSD. The case will be replaced with the Define S or something similar. Thanks in advance. :salute:

I asked some of the same questions and received some good advice when I just upgraded so check my signature. You'll need new DDR4 RAM memory. It's the same board Wingman mentioned and it's a nice mid-range board.
 
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Ok so most likely going to be the AsRock extreme 4 ($119 after rebate) and G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 ($64 after promo code). It's kinda funny to me that I'll be going from the 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ to the z170 variant. I'm still curious about the microATX version. Anybody have experience with it?
 

wingman99

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MicroATX versions are just as good, they just don't have all the PCI-E slots that the ATX version do.
 

wingman99

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That would be it just the USB 3.1, also you still have the 3 year warranty. Are you going to overclock?
 
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On the ASRock Z170M Pro4S LGA I read some reviews that said there is no v core voltage control. Extreme 4 micro ATX should have all the options to support overclocking. I sent a E-mail to ASRock to find out, they should reply tomorrow.
 

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ASRock sent me a E mail reply and both boards ASRock Z170M Pro4S LGA, Z170 Extreme 4 micro ATX are capable of voltage settings and multiplier to overclock. You should have no problem with those boards to overclock to 4.5GHz.
 
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It appears the Z170M Extreme4 has a 6 power phase design vs the full size with a 10 power phase design. Perhaps the full size is the way to go after all. Ah first world problems.
 

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The AsRock Z170-Pro4 is a solid board. I own one and it has all the features you might need all at a right price including 10-phase power.
 

wingman99

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It appears the Z170M Extreme4 has a 6 power phase design vs the full size with a 10 power phase design. Perhaps the full size is the way to go after all. Ah first world problems.
The six phase is fine for 4.5GHz that is just a little over OEM 4.2GHz i7 6700k it is made to run with. Asrock said the v core voltage is limited to +240mV that is plenty. If your are going over 4.5GHz then I would consider the 10 phase.