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  1.    26 Apr 2016 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruzzi View Post
    Hi CountMike. In that case, could you recommend a mobo with ample amount of slots. I want to be future proof. But I ask for one with 3.1 support, 1151, and MSI.
    DDR4 can use 16GB modules, I don't think you'll run out of memory slots to soon.
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  2.    26 Apr 2016 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    DDR4 can use 16GB modules, I don't think you'll run out of memory slots to soon.
    Hi CountMike. Excuse my persistence but i got to be sure. So are you saying that you recommend the mobo that I linked in my last post, which is the one here?

    MSI B150M Mortar LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com
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  3.    26 Apr 2016 #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruzzi View Post
    Hi CountMike. Excuse my persistence but i got to be sure. So are you saying that you recommend the mobo that I linked in my last post, which is the one here?

    MSI B150M Mortar LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com
    Actually I was talking about : 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.
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  4.    26 Apr 2016 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Actually I was talking about : 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.
    Ok I see. For some reason I'm leaning towards the mobo with 4 slots.

    Out of curiosity, would 2x4GB ram be more efficient than 1x8GB ram?

    And why did you choose the one with 2 slots?
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  5.    26 Apr 2016 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruzzi View Post
    Ok I see. For some reason I'm leaning towards the mobo with 4 slots.

    Out of curiosity, would 2x4GB ram be more efficient than 1x8GB ram?
    Just marginally because of Dual channel. It helps IGPU more than anything else. For systems with dedicated GPU, gain is in statistical error range.
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  6.    26 Apr 2016 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Just marginally because of Dual channel. It helps IGPU more than anything else. For systems with dedicated GPU, gain is in statistical error range.
    Mike, I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to Dual Channel, which I admit I should do research on to understand what it is. But can you tell me how you know that this mobo with 2 slots is dual channel while the other isn't?
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  7.    26 Apr 2016 #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruzzi View Post
    Mike, I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to Dual Channel, which I admit I should do research on to understand what it is. But can you tell me how you know that this mobo with 2 slots is dual channel while the other isn't?
    Both can run in Dual channel but RAM sticks have to be in pairs, each pair can run dual channel. One stick, single channel, two sticks Dual channel but with dedicated GPU card you don't have to worry about it.
    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.
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  8.    26 Apr 2016 #18
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    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.

    Example:

    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.
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  9.    26 Apr 2016 #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    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.
    No reason.. I just had an ATX mobo in mind before. The micro ATX was added naturally according to price, not preference to size. But I'm indifferent to size. As long as it does its job and is low cost that's what counts. What's so special about ATX?

    If you wish to experiment with overclocking the CPU...
    Not interested.. I just want to play games. Games dont benefit with overclocking.
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  10.    26 Apr 2016 #20
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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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