Mar 19, 2014
Hi everyone, I have been trying to build a computer for three months. This has been quite an ordeal:

I have built computers before, but this one had me stumped. I had ordered the parts, all seemed to be compatible from my research, but when I got it there was no POST. In fact, I have never even seen an on-screen image from this PC. I sent it to a professional and ended up replacing the PSU, CPU, mobo and finally the RAM. I lost $200 to the RAM I couldn't return, making a total of $400 including the professional's fees. The computer is now back at my home, not working, and it never has. I saw online that the Z87-A motherboard by Asus (my board) had reviews that were much harsher on the board than that of when I ordered it three months ago. There was also a link to another, 'newer' version of my board that didn't previously exist. I am pretty upset with Asus, and feel that their boards aren't very quality (I've had two). I ended up getting a refund from Newegg as long as I bought another board from them (I'd pay the difference if the price of another model was greater). Should I buy Asus's Z97-A board or a Gigabyte one? Or any quality Z97-chipset 1150 board?

Here's the specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
Storage Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" SSD
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 4GB
Case Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

What motherboard should I get to replace my ? I was thinking the Z97: , but I'm not sure if I want to use Asus again. What do you think? I need to be sure this new board is also compatible with my current specs and that it is a quality board, and is around $150. I am furious with this project, my dream has turned into a nightmare.

Thank you for the help! I appreciate it.