MSI Z87i GAMING AC mini-ITX Motherboard Z87 Socket 1150 £59.82 Delivered @ Scan Computers eBay
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MSI Z87i GAMING AC mini-ITX Motherboard Z87 Socket 1150 £59.82 Delivered @ Scan Computers eBay

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Found 19th Feb 2015
Available from the Scan website too for an extra 2p + £4.57 delivery if you don't qualify for AV Forums free delivery.

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Original Poster

Item on Scan's website: scan.co.uk/pro…itx
Edited by: "Savage_Gizmo" 19th Feb 2015

Just built mine on an MSI B85I for the same price... I would have had this if it came 2 weeks back This has built in WiFi & bluetooth and I think the sounds amp is better too.. plus the extra on-board displayport if that is important.

Gutted.
Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 19th Feb 2015

Original Poster

MadeInBeats

Just built mine on an MSI B85I for the same price... I would have had … Just built mine on an MSI B85I for the same price... I would have had this if it came 2 weeks back This has built in WiFi & bluetooth and I think the sounds amp is better too.. plus the extra on-board displayport if that is important.Gutted.


Tis the cruel, cruel way of HUKD.

PS: What you've described has happened to me plenty of times in the past too - it smarts!

They don't ship to Northern Ireland Otherwise I'd be on this like a tramp on chips!

EcumenicalMatter

They don't ship to Northern Ireland Otherwise I'd be on this like a … They don't ship to Northern Ireland Otherwise I'd be on this like a tramp on chips!



Give them a call you never know! I live in NI and have the same issue but I have asked and been given postage quotes in the past.

Anyone know how many Watts this thing needs when you add a CPU?
I've got and old case with a 200W power supply which I'd like to use

Can this oc a i5 4690k?

I believe only the 97 chipset OC and not the 87 series

pjlhot

Anyone know how many Watts this thing needs when you add a CPU?I've got … Anyone know how many Watts this thing needs when you add a CPU?I've got and old case with a 200W power supply which I'd like to use


I have a Z98 mITX + i5-4670K, 16GB RAM, SSD and at stock settings it will only pull more than 100W AC if you run benchmark programmes and idles at 25W AC.

MarcoLoves360

Can this oc a i5 4690k?


I see no reason why not but make sure it has a BIOS version that supports the CPU before installing it as it might not POST otherwise forcing you to install an older supported CPU first to update the BIOS.

Banned

MarcoLoves360

Can this oc a i5 4690k?



Yes it can, all z87 and z97 boards allow you to overclock

Agharta

I see no reason why not but make sure it has a BIOS version that supports … I see no reason why not but make sure it has a BIOS version that supports the CPU before installing it as it might not POST otherwise forcing you to install an older supported CPU first to update the BIOS.


Thanks. Yea can someone confirm if the bios support the i5 4690k straight away?

Will Intel pentium G3420 work along with Corsair Vengeance Pro 2x4gb(2400mhz) on this motherboard?

MarcoLoves360

Thanks. Yea can someone confirm if the bios support the i5 4690k straight … Thanks. Yea can someone confirm if the bios support the i5 4690k straight away?



That's a Refresh CPU like my G3258... it's just a lottery depending on how old the stock is! You can check compat list on the MSI website and see what date the bios for Refresh CPUs was released, for my MSI board it was around Feb 2014. Ideal situation is that you have a spare 1150 none Refresh CPU kicking about so you can sit that in in case you don't get POST screen with the i5.

Failing that, you just send the board to MSI to update the BIOS for you.
Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 20th Feb 2015

jpdawid

Will Intel pentium G3420 work along with Corsair Vengeance Pro … Will Intel pentium G3420 work along with Corsair Vengeance Pro 2x4gb(2400mhz) on this motherboard?



Yes, should all work ticky-boo out of the box. (CPU isn't a Haswell Refresh and board can OC RAM to 2400mhz).
Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 20th Feb 2015

No m.2 port would have gone for this otherwise...

Snapped one up. Thanks.
Edited by: "tommyturnip" 20th Feb 2015

Original Poster

Even bigger bargain, now on Scan's Today Only page for £55.19

In what way is this GAMING? Which is a good graphics card to use with it?

Jonnyblock

In what way is this GAMING? Which is a good graphics card to use with it?



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MadeInBeats

That's a Refresh CPU like my G3258... it's just a lottery depending on … That's a Refresh CPU like my G3258... it's just a lottery depending on how old the stock is! You can check compat list on the MSI website and see what date the bios for Refresh CPUs was released, for my MSI board it was around Feb 2014. Ideal situation is that you have a spare 1150 none Refresh CPU kicking about so you can sit that in in case you don't get POST screen with the i5.Failing that, you just send the board to MSI to update the BIOS for you.



I'm looking to get the g3258, will this mobo work well? Need mainly for htpc and options to upgrade to i5 later date

MadeInBeats

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-970-mini-itx-b-grade-model-gv-n970ixoc-4gd-209-59-ocuk-2146859



So any "mini-atx" graphics card?

Just read it should!

MadeInBeats

Just built mine on an MSI B85I for the same price... I would have had … Just built mine on an MSI B85I for the same price... I would have had this if it came 2 weeks back This has built in WiFi & bluetooth and I think the sounds amp is better too.. plus the extra on-board displayport if that is important.Gutted.



Did exactly the same, although had issues with mine. The pins on the B85i were bent and system occaisonally got stuck in a restart loop. Jumped on this and ordered whilst amazon refunds the B85i. Bought this from Scan earlier for £65, delivered and insured where you can get it a 5er less on Scan eBay outlet.

This will go better with my MSI Gaming 280X

Jonnyblock

So any "mini-atx" graphics card?



Depends entirely on the size of your case (length) and of course PSU. You can get longer ITX cases and have no problem fitting almost any full size card in it.

fraggerfilms

Did exactly the same, although had issues with mine. The pins on the B85i … Did exactly the same, although had issues with mine. The pins on the B85i were bent and system occaisonally got stuck in a restart loop. Jumped on this and ordered whilst amazon refunds the B85i. Bought this from Scan earlier for £65, delivered and insured where you can get it a 5er less on Scan eBay outlet.This will go better with my MSI Gaming 280X



That's weird, the first one I got had bent pins in it too!! Have set up and installed OS now so no looking back. Managed an OC on my G3258 of 4.4Ghz with it... Might do more if I go to ~1.3Volts but not willing to do that on stock. Dialled it back to 4.2Ghz anyway.. the extra didn't seem worth it for the extra 10 degrees C ! (83 degrees under stress).


Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 21st Feb 2015

MadeInBeats

Depends entirely on the size of your case (length) and of course PSU. You … Depends entirely on the size of your case (length) and of course PSU. You can get longer ITX cases and have no problem fitting almost any full size card in it.



MSI gtx970 in a box.
http://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/109260.cc94bd291cd3545e321195159a7b4907.91815069dd300c7537db3a42b799205d.1600.jpg

So how good would this be with a 4790k? I currently have a i5 2500, and dispite being three years I don't think the latest i5 that replaced it is worth the cost. This has pretty much everything I need, I just don't know it the Z87 works on a Chipset designed for z97.

Harryisme

So how good would this be with a 4790k? I currently have a i5 2500, and … So how good would this be with a 4790k? I currently have a i5 2500, and dispite being three years I don't think the latest i5 that replaced it is worth the cost. This has pretty much everything I need, I just don't know it the Z87 works on a Chipset designed for z97.



Do you need an i7? They will offer little real-world performance to most people, there are even benchmarks out there that show the i7 hindering gaming performance by a few FPS compared to the i5, the most benefit you could expect is a few FPS in some games. Not worth it unless you do a lot of rendering or encoding.

I have the i5 3570k running at 4.4GHZ and I've no plans to upgrade for a while, Intel's next major architecture revision is supposed to be 2017, I suspect our CPU's will still be good until then. I may actually change to a mini ITX mobo at the end of the year, in which case I'll ebay this i5 and put the proceeds towards the latest i5.

spaceinvader

Do you need an i7? They will offer little real-world performance to most … Do you need an i7? They will offer little real-world performance to most people, there are even benchmarks out there that show the i7 hindering gaming performance by a few FPS compared to the i5, the most benefit you could expect is a few FPS in some games. Not worth it unless you do a lot of rendering or encoding. I have the i5 3570k running at 4.4GHZ and I've no plans to upgrade for a while, Intel's next major architecture revision is supposed to be 2017, I suspect our CPU's will still be good until then. I may actually change to a mini ITX mobo at the end of the year, in which case I'll ebay this i5 and put the proceeds towards the latest i5.



I don't suppose I need a i7 system, my biggest worry is with developers moving to eight core CPU's for console development, we are going to see allot more badly optimised PC games where the number of cores the CPU has will be more important than how powerful each core is, and by having a i7 with Hyperthreading this will help matters.

We've seen this with games like AC:Unity and Dead Rising 3, both should destroy the Console counterpart but struggle in certain area, partly down to poor optimisation of the CPU usage. My current rig dispite being 3 and a half years old should be fine, but I am seeing a few games where the CPU minimum requirement is the K version the 2500, dispite the console version running on a Mobile AMD Jaguar CPU.

I am thinking of changing my case to a mini one. is there mini motherboards for a and 1100t CPU? cheers

Harryisme

So how good would this be with a 4790k? I currently have a i5 2500, and … So how good would this be with a 4790k? I currently have a i5 2500, and dispite being three years I don't think the latest i5 that replaced it is worth the cost. This has pretty much everything I need, I just don't know it the Z87 works on a Chipset designed for z97.



Same as any other board with a PCIe 3.0 slot mate... chipset only really comes down to what features and inputs are included, I.e. how many USB 3.0 port and thing like RAID etc. There's a page on Wiki explaining with a table what different chipsets have imcluded.

leefal

MSI gtx970 in a box.



'spensive!! I went for the Cool Master Elite 110 deal off here. I mean, it's tiny, you can't get much smaller, but if I went with something with just a little more head room, I reckon it would have afforded it much better cable & component management. Small was my goal though so I got what I asked for

millward84

I am thinking of changing my case to a mini one. is there mini … I am thinking of changing my case to a mini one. is there mini motherboards for a and 1100t CPU? cheers



Don't know anything about AMD CPUs but there are AMD ITX boards on Amazon. Looks like a recent CPU so should imagine you wouldn't have a problem.
Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 21st Feb 2015

Jonnyblock

In what way is this GAMING? Which is a good graphics card to use with it?



It is branding more than anything, I have a MSI "GAMING" system (a bigger board than this, the Z87 G43 and the R9 R280 Twin Fozr), which happened almost by accident (i.e. they were the best trade off in features/price in the range I was looking at, although I do tend to look for things branded or sold for "overclocking" on the basis that they can't subsequently try and rip you off if you return a product that fails because you overclock it!). It is mostly small changes aimed at marketing it towards gamers (to state the obvious), such as re-branding the on-board Qualcomm Athero AR8161 ethernet port to a "Killer E2200", which apparently prioritizes game traffic to reduce pings (tbh, I use the Qualcomm driver, it is more mature!).

Perhaps the best feature is for people who want to say they have an overclocked system without actually going under the hood and tinkering (I guess such people exist?), there is an "overclocking genie" which overclocks all the GAMING components you have (mobo, GPU, etc). TBH, most motherboards have something similar, although this seems very easy to use (although I don't use it). There's also some app that shows all the GAMING components and gives you fan speeds, etc, it looks pretty nice, but does nothing special.

There's absolutely no reason to chose these (GAMING) parts over any other good brand unless the price and features are better than you can get elsewhere. They are fairly nice to work with, and seem stable. On the full featured board the RAM is a tad too close to the CPU port if you're going for a tower cooler (i.e. a Hyper 212 evo, see screenshot below - the red bit you can see to the left of the CPU is a stick of RAM. "Tight" would be an understatement! You couldn't fit a Rizla paper between the RAM heatsink and CPU cooler! And remember, that picture is a full size board not ITX!). Also, TBH, I had all sorts of problems with the stupid "Killer Ethernet" app on Windows 8.1 (although I read they had fixed that in a driver update. /shrug).

I have to say, the components look great, mine are in a cool & quiet sealed case (so you can't see them), but I can definitely see why someone might go for matching these if they were building a system with a side window and all of that LED crap.

http://s18.postimg.org/lj7bif6m1/hyer.jpg

I don't think the latest i5 that replaced it is worth the cost.



I upgraded from Ivy Bridge to Haswell (it did work out of the box for me on the full size Z87 and the link says "4th Gen Intel", so it should work!). TBH I needed a second gaming rig anyway (for my son), otherwise I wouldn't have bothered, you won't notice a big jump, if any gain at all! Moore's law is well and truly dead.

P.S. Personally I'd shop anywhere but Scan, even if it meant paying extra!!!

Edited by: "flawed" 21st Feb 2015

good for an HTPC build? im wanting something for my living room running kodi/XBMC that can handle some of the heavy use skins/addons

overkil. my i3 nuc is a monster for kodi and much much more.

EcumenicalMatter

They don't ship to Northern Ireland Otherwise I'd be on this like a … They don't ship to Northern Ireland Otherwise I'd be on this like a tramp on chips!



I've had this problem with many English companies, back in the day it was ebuyer. Do they regard the Irish/Northern Irish as peasants? I remember ebuyer years ago, a stick of ram they wanted £5 delivery plus £15 surcharge. I emailed them at the time asking them if they'd heard of Royal Mail, and if they were aware that N.Ireland is part of the UK (Like it or not). Never did get a reply, never did order again.

Ahhh well, good old Amazon is always there to save the day. Good guy Amazon

Edit :

Regarding the board, I was going to order a Z97 (Asus). Is there any major disadvantage going for an Z87. Pitty the i5 4690k is **** hot at the minute, looks like prices have gone up. I considered an i7 but from looking, unless your doing video editing etc your not gonna see a huge difference in gaming performance.
Edited by: "sparkyIreland" 22nd Feb 2015

Already posted.

Original Poster

Hi YoAlpha. Please post the link where this is already posted. The only one similar that I can find is your post for the non gaming version which is a different motherboard. PS: Thanks for your original post...it resulted in me finding this motherboard.
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