Hello, I am building a microATX system for some 1080p gaming, and am stumped on a decent quiet motherboard option. It has been a long time since I built a pc, so I am learning as I go.
Here's my tentative build with a ASRock Z170M Extreme4:https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/zFqBxY
Budget was going to be $1500 CDN, but I am a bit over already.
I am coming from a i5-430M laptop with a Radeon HD5870, which I would probably keep for a few more years if it wasn't so dang loud.
I chose the ASRock Z170M Extreme4 since it seems to have decent fan headers (4pin x2 cpu, 4pin x3case) and uefi fan controls. It also has ALC1150 for sound, which is nice. I am open to the idea of a cheaper mobo with an add-on soundcard if that might work. I thought against it though, since a cheaper mobo might have lower quality voltage regulator module (and more heat), and also the soundcard might disrupt air flow.
I considered GIGABYTE Z170MX-Gaming 5, another microATX with ALC1150. It looks like slightly less power (heat) according to this review:http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gi ... iew,6.html
but I like that the ASRock has the intel LAN and more fan options.
I am open to the idea of another motherboard entirely, since I probably can't tell the difference between a lower realtek sound module.
I am also not committed to the GTX1060, and might decide to go with a GTX 1050 Ti.
Thanks for any opinions offered,