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how to pick a motherboard to fit AntecSonata III Mid Tower 500Case

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November 19, 2013 8:18:07 AM

Rather than buy a complete system I am trying to see if a later motherboard that supports an Intel I7-4770K processor that will work with a motherboard that fits my case. Then I would add newer components SSD drives, better power supply and 2 graphic cards that are PCI-3.

My existing system uses old Core2 Quad processors but the weak link is my ATI FirePro 2450 cards which works only in a PCI Express slot and has only 500Megs of Ram rather than 2-4 Megs as the latest Radeon or Nvidiacards do.

This would be my first time changing out a mother board before but have been updating components for 30 years.

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a b V Motherboard
November 19, 2013 8:37:00 AM

I do not see the problem unless I did not undestant the question..
You need a motherboard that it will fit in an Antec Sonata III 500 case right? Well the motherboards come in certain sizes like ATX, microATX etc. This case takes ATX size motherboards ( ATX is the most common one ). So any ATX motherboard of any brand ( ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock, MSI etc ) will fit your case just fine.
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November 19, 2013 9:11:37 AM

Nismo1 said:
I do not see the problem unless I did not undestant the question..
You need a motherboard that it will fit in an Antec Sonata III 500 case right? Well the motherboards come in certain sizes like ATX, microATX etc. This case takes ATX size motherboards ( ATX is the most common one ). So any ATX motherboard of any brand ( ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock, MSI etc ) will fit your case just fine.


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November 19, 2013 9:13:30 AM

Thanks for the reply. I am presuming that all ATX size motherboards will accomadate PCI-3 for video cards and a late processor I7 Ivy Bridge series?
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a b V Motherboard
November 19, 2013 9:33:50 AM

When you will be looking for a motherboard you will look for LGA 1155 socket on them ( that is Ivy bridge ) and a fair amount of these motherboards have PCIe 3.0 ( not all but most of them, do not worry it will be written in the specifications of each motherboard ) . You can also go for the new Haswell architecture series ( 4th generation ) which is 8%-15% better than Ivy bridge and the prices are pretty close , so I think it is worth it . If you indeed choose to go for haswell you will be looking for LGA 1150 socket . But you CANNOT find a motherboard that has both sockets 1155 and 1150 so you need to choose one . Also most of the ATX LGA 1150 motherboards have the specs you are looking for : PCIe 3.0 and they support i7 CPUs from the Haswell series.
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November 19, 2013 10:12:04 AM

Nismo1 said:
When you will be looking for a motherboard you will look for LGA 1155 socket on them ( that is Ivy bridge ) and a fair amount of these motherboards have PCIe 3.0 ( not all but most of them, do not worry it will be written in the specifications of each motherboard ) . You can also go for the new Haswell architecture series ( 4th generation ) which is 8%-15% better than Ivy bridge and the prices are pretty close , so I think it is worth it . If you indeed choose to go for haswell you will be looking for LGA 1150 socket . But you CANNOT find a motherboard that has both sockets 1155 and 1150 so you need to choose one . Also most of the ATX LGA 1150 motherboards have the specs you are looking for : PCIe 3.0 and they support i7 CPUs from the Haswell series.


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November 19, 2013 10:19:56 AM

Nismo according to Intel's site there are 6 core are 2011 slots and Ivy Bridge while Haswell uses the 1150 slot but it is 4 core so I am confused as this my first time. Correct me if I'm wrong but is looks like to me pick Processor, then Chipset for your card slot/USB requirements then a motherboard to match?
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a b V Motherboard
November 19, 2013 10:57:23 AM

Not exactly . Pick Prossesor then pick motherboard and see if this motherboard you have picked have the specs you want , it is easier that way. The things that you ask are pretty much standart for this period so almost every motherboard will have them ( I mean PCIe 3.0 ) . Also I do not know what you are planning to do with a 6 core CPU but its up to you :D  . If you really need 6 cores the go with ivy bridge . But if you are not planning on taking a CPU to the near future I suggest you wait . Haswell might brick to the market a 6-core CPU.
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November 19, 2013 12:29:07 PM

Nismo1 said:
Not exactly . Pick Prossesor then pick motherboard and see if this motherboard you have picked have the specs you want , it is easier that way. The things that you ask are pretty much standart for this period so almost every motherboard will have them ( I mean PCIe 3.0 ) . Also I do not know what you are planning to do with a 6 core CPU but its up to you :D  . If you really need 6 cores the go with ivy bridge . But if you are not planning on taking a CPU to the near future I suggest you wait . Haswell might brick to the market a 6-core CPU.


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November 19, 2013 12:34:18 PM

Your probably right as 4 Core should be fine. The only reason I have to go this route is because of the slow graphics card in a PCI express slot. My old Core2 Quad processor is adequate but any decent card today (whether I use one Quad or 2 Dual) is PCI-3. If there was a the motherboard would accommodate I would not need to go this route.

Anyway thanks again for steering me on the right course!
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