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August 7, 2013 12:11:36 PM

So I'm going from console to PC primarily to play BF4, but I'm a total PC n00b, I know what I need to buy (as in you need a CPU, Mobo, GPU, PSU...) but I have no clue as to what is compatible with each other and what is decent or crap. I'm thinking about getting an Intel Haswell CPU (not sure which one, might go with i5 or i7 depending on my budget) or an AMD FX 8350. My current PC is terrible, but I can still use some parts from it, like the case (CiT Vantage Gamers case) and PSU (500w), but my motherboard (Gigabyte M68MT S2 rev 3.1) doesn't support the FX 8350 but has the right socket type (I think) and is incompatible with any Intel CPU . So I've done some searching and I thinking an ASrock motherboard will be best, (mainly because its cheap) but there are so many different ones on there website, and I don't want to make a rash decision and buy one that sucks. I know I need either AM3/+ or LGA1150 socket. Please Help me!

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August 7, 2013 12:46:10 PM

IownaLAPTOP said:
What is your budget for your motherboard? If it's a high budget then for Intel Cpu's I recommend:
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1150/SABER... This supports Haswell.
For AMD: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/CROSSHAIR_V... This supports the 8350.

This is if you have a good budget. Otherwise i would definetly go for asrock. they do decent boards for decent price tags. The ones i have chosen are brilliant! I recommend the intel mobo based one, (intel i think is better through my experiences) since it has a 5 year warranty. Protection against dust, and high temps. So this is made to last.


I want to spend as little as possible for my PC (who doesn't?) and get as much out of it as possible, so I think getting an amazing CPU and GPU with an ok motherboard is a good idea (correct me if I'm wrong), especially to keep costs down. So I don't what to spend more than $150 dollars tops on a motherboard. Is there a reason to buy a top of the line motherboard? other than for more slots and better quality materials and for cooling (I watched some videos about Asus Sabertooth, but thats definitely out my price range).
August 7, 2013 12:46:21 PM

IownaLAPTOP said:
What is your budget for your motherboard? If it's a high budget then for Intel Cpu's I recommend:
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1150/SABER... This supports Haswell.
For AMD: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/CROSSHAIR_V... This supports the 8350.

This is if you have a good budget. Otherwise i would definetly go for asrock. they do decent boards for decent price tags. The ones i have chosen are brilliant! I recommend the intel mobo based one, (intel i think is better through my experiences) since it has a 5 year warranty. Protection against dust, and high temps. So this is made to last.


I want to spend as little as possible for my PC (who doesn't?) and get as much out of it as possible, so I think getting an amazing CPU and GPU with an ok motherboard is a good idea (correct me if I'm wrong), especially to keep costs down. So I don't what to spend more than $150 dollars tops on a motherboard. Is there a reason to buy a top of the line motherboard? other than for more slots and better quality materials and for cooling (I watched some videos about Asus Sabertooth, but thats definitely out my price range).
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August 7, 2013 12:46:45 PM

IownaLAPTOP said:
What is your budget for your motherboard? If it's a high budget then for Intel Cpu's I recommend:
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1150/SABER... This supports Haswell.
For AMD: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/CROSSHAIR_V... This supports the 8350.

This is if you have a good budget. Otherwise i would definetly go for asrock. they do decent boards for decent price tags. The ones i have chosen are brilliant! I recommend the intel mobo based one, (intel i think is better through my experiences) since it has a 5 year warranty. Protection against dust, and high temps. So this is made to last.


I want to spend as little as possible for my PC (who doesn't?) and get as much out of it as possible, so I think getting an amazing CPU and GPU with an ok motherboard is a good idea (correct me if I'm wrong), especially to keep costs down. So I don't what to spend more than $150 dollars tops on a motherboard. Is there a reason to buy a top of the line motherboard? other than for more slots and better quality materials and for cooling (I watched some videos about Asus Sabertooth, but thats definitely out my price range).
August 7, 2013 12:46:50 PM

IownaLAPTOP said:
What is your budget for your motherboard? If it's a high budget then for Intel Cpu's I recommend:
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1150/SABER... This supports Haswell.
For AMD: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/CROSSHAIR_V... This supports the 8350.

This is if you have a good budget. Otherwise i would definetly go for asrock. they do decent boards for decent price tags. The ones i have chosen are brilliant! I recommend the intel mobo based one, (intel i think is better through my experiences) since it has a 5 year warranty. Protection against dust, and high temps. So this is made to last.


I want to spend as little as possible for my PC (who doesn't?) and get as much out of it as possible, so I think getting an amazing CPU and GPU with an ok motherboard is a good idea (correct me if I'm wrong), especially to keep costs down. So I don't what to spend more than $150 dollars tops on a motherboard. Is there a reason to buy a top of the line motherboard? other than for more slots and better quality materials and for cooling (I watched some videos about Asus Sabertooth, but thats definitely out my price range).
August 8, 2013 6:29:26 AM

IownaLAPTOP said:
PC n00b said:
IownaLAPTOP said:
What is your budget for your motherboard? If it's a high budget then for Intel Cpu's I recommend:
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1150/SABER... This supports Haswell.
For AMD: http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/CROSSHAIR_V... This supports the 8350.

This is if you have a good budget. Otherwise i would definetly go for asrock. they do decent boards for decent price tags. The ones i have chosen are brilliant! I recommend the intel mobo based one, (intel i think is better through my experiences) since it has a 5 year warranty. Protection against dust, and high temps. So this is made to last.


I want to spend as little as possible for my PC (who doesn't?) and get as much out of it as possible, so I think getting an amazing CPU and GPU with an ok motherboard is a good idea (correct me if I'm wrong), especially to keep costs down. So I don't what to spend more than $150 dollars tops on a motherboard. Is there a reason to buy a top of the line motherboard? other than for more slots and better quality materials and for cooling (I watched some videos about Asus Sabertooth, but thats definitely out my price range).


you need a top end mobo with a top end cpu and gpu to make the combo work. lets narrow it down a little for mobo for your sake.

intel mobo: for 124 dollars: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
amd mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for 137 dollars.



I think I'll go with intel for my build and get the GIGABYTE GA-Z87-D3HP just because everyone says intel is better for gaming. By saying you need a high end motherboard with a high end CPU and GPU are you implying that a low end motherboard will constrain a high end CPU and GPU, resulting in you not getting as much out of your CPU and GPU?
Thanks so much for the help, wouldn't have been able to figure this out on my own.
August 8, 2013 10:23:18 AM

Thanks so much for the help, and that does make a lot of sense.
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