MSI H110M Gaming LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com you mentioned before as that one has only two RAM slots so with one 16GB stick you leave space for another one at later time.
This other one has 4 and has more PCIe slots but is not micro ATX you expressed wish for.
So you can use one 16GB stick in that micro MB without any discernible loss of performance comparing to 2 x 8GB in either MB.
So if you want that mATX, go ahead but get one 16GB RAM stick and can have other slot to add another one at later date.
Is there any reason for only considering microATX boards? The case that you specified (HAF 912) supports full-sized ATX motherboards. If you don't need the smaller size of the microATX, you might look at ATX as well.
ASRock Z170 Pro4S LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com
It uses the Z170 chipset, which I believe is the top choice of the 100 series. It's a bit limited for an ATX board (for example: only two PCI-E X16 slots), but it looks like a good board for $80+3 S&H US.
I was surprised that there are microATX boards with 4 DIMM slots, like the last one that you posted. Nice.
If you wish to experiment with overclocking the CPU (most easily done with an I5-6600K, with its unlocked multiplier), you should consider an aftermarket CPU cooler. This one has been popular for a long time:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011 - Newegg.com
I'm not sure that it's the best choice, but it should be OK for its price.
I try not to push people to spend more than they'd planned, but your graphics card is a GTX 970, so it'd be nice if the rest of the system was at a similar high level.
Not interested.. I just want to play games. Games dont benefit with overclocking.If you wish to experiment with overclocking the CPU...
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Mike, someone said I should get a mobo with more than one PCIe x 16. Is this the slot for the graphics card? If so, I don't plan to run Sli, will just buy one graphics card. Is this what is meant by that?
Is it necessary to have more than one PCIe x 16?
Will having one PCIe x 16 not be future proof enough? I just want to make sure the mobo will last a long time.
Also please review this mobo. Its got 4 ram slots which helps me economize the future buying of ram.. And let me know if you think it's future proof too. Thanks mike:
MSI B150M Mortar LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com
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