I'm not too tech savvy when it comes to hardware, so a while ago I bought an Nvidia GeForce GTX 770, only to find that it wasn't compatible with my motherboard. I have a IPISB-CH and have struggled to find out much about what I need.
If I'm correct, I need a Micro-ATX board as that is what I think the above board is, and an LGA1155 processor slot. Is the following a decent board to buy? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-DH77EB-Mainboard-Socket-M...
I have - it was the one thing I knew to check. Even someone such as I could tell that the one I had wasn't close to being powerful enough. I think the motherboard is all I have left to replace for it to work as everything else seems to be of decent quality, though I may be wrong and would gladly accept any advice regarding other parts.
Sorry, I can't quite tell what you're asking. Are you saying there should be no reason the card isn't compatible with my current board? If so:
When I tried it, the PC wouldn't boot up. I can't quite recall what happened, but I think the screen was just blue. When I searched for what the issue could be, I found that a few people had had similar issues and many people claimed it was a result of incompatibility between the board and card. Additionally, sources such as http://www.pc-specs.com/gpu/Nvidia/700_Series/GeForce_G... do not show it as a compatible board.
Okay, I'm trying the gfx card and what happens is the following:
The blue HP screen comes up with the option to press esc for startup menu. It doesn't get past that, though. If I press esc, I get to the black screen with system specs, but I can't press esc again to get to the startup menu. After a short while, there's a beep, with one more beep every 30 seconds~ until the 4th beep which is quickly followed by 3 very short and fast beeps. After that, the monitor loses all signal from the PC.
It's definitely hooked up properly, and I've tried resetting cmos. Still the same.
Additionally, I posted a similar thread here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2168044/issues...
Others seem to think it's a problem with HP's UEFI compatibility which was what my initial research suggested as the answer. What's your opinion on this?
From the best I can tell.. The factory Motherboard of that HP only has Gen2 PCI-E and anything past a 5(00) series GTX needs gen3.
I haven't been able to find any model numbers for the motherboard or specifics on it from my quick internet search.. but seeing that model came factory w a 260GTX then I highly doubt it is a Gen3 motherboard.
If I am to buy a new motherboard (which seems likely at this point), is there anything that would be recommended? I'm struggling to find micro-ATX boards as it is, and finding ones with LGA1155 sockets is like finding a needle in a haystack (the only one I've been able to find thus far is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-DH77EB-Mainboard-Socket-M...). Is it worth getting an LGA1150 board and also getting a new processor, or is something like the aforementioned board okay to go for?
Seeing as I have few other options, is there anything I'll need other than a motherboard and OS? Also, as I know little about motherboards, is there anything that could be recommended? Is the one linked above a decent buy?
Well it's a different socket than your cpu. You need 1156 which you can only find used for a decent price. Make sure it's uefi compatible, which is going to be near impossible.
There was a firmware update for the 770 so it would be compatible with non uefi mobos. Seems odd that you got an old card without it. Go look on the manufacturer's site or google so see any mention of flashing the gpu. Then use a friend's pc that it works on to do it.
Oh damn, that was a huge mistake on my part - I linked the wrong thing in my first post. Sorry if I wasted any of your time or effort due to that. It was exactly the same as what I have except for the gpu and processor. So sorry for making such a stupid mistake.
I have an i7-2600 @ 3.4GHz