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Are H61 Motherboards Fine For Gaming?

I'm building my own gaming PC. I have $670 to spend, but I'm compromising and spending somewhat more. I found an H61 motherboard for $70, but I'm not sure if they are fine for gaming? Should I just get an H61 or go pretty high above my budget and get a P67? By the way, this is my first build.
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  1. If the h61 is all you can afford, I would go for it. you'll have a choice of onboard or a separate video card, which the p67 doesn't. Use the money saved for a better video card, or save the board choice for last. Newegg has had some h61 boards in their combo specials as shellshocker deals. For first builds, some of these package deals are pretty good.
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    The H61 chipset is designed to be our entry level chipset for the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. These boards are going to be a basic board that will not allow overclocking or any number of higher performance features. On the other hand they should have a PCI-E 2.0 16x slot that you can put a dedicated video card in (at least on the micro-ATX boards).
    If are looking for a budget build start off with an H61 board and an Intel Core i3-2105 (comes with the HD 3000 Graphics) or an Intel Core i5-2400, this will get started and then you can build from there. Then video a good video card and start expanding from there.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthisiast Team
  3. I guess they are fine, but I wouldn't recommend using onboard graphics for gaming. You can find a p67 board for only $30 more.
  4. Best answer selected by AbdullahG.
  5. sir ,i want to buy a intel processor for gaming im confused what to buy core i5 or i7 i saw the benchmarks in tomshardware..they said that the difference of i7 will be seen only in heavily threaded workstations is that true im a gamer so is a i5 processor enough for me ..i im going to get a p67 motherboard is this chipset good for gaming..
  6. i have a dh61ww classic series intel motherboard with a i5 2500 (non-k) .
    its a good board for gaming and i can overclock my card great thx to it .
    buy it if u r on a budget and dont care bout sata3 , sli or usb3.
  7. IntelEnthusiast said:
    The H61 chipset is designed to be our entry level chipset for the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. These boards are going to be a basic board that will not allow overclocking or any number of higher performance features. On the other hand they should have a PCI-E 2.0 16x slot that you can put a dedicated video card in (at least on the micro-ATX boards).
    If are looking for a budget build start off with an H61 board and an Intel Core i3-2105 (comes with the HD 3000 Graphics) or an Intel Core i5-2400, this will get started and then you can build from there. Then video a good video card and start expanding from there.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthisiast Team


    Hello Christian,
    I am going to follow your advise and get a H61 motherboard (MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3 HDMI DVI VGA Motherboard) and run the i3 2105 CPU in it. Can you confirm that the HD 3000 Graphics are going to work in this combo?

    Thanks for your advise.

    Hal
  8. Chris won't see this post. Yes, the H61/H67 can use the Intel® HD Graphics 3000 running at 850MHz and the HDMI vs VGA ports depends upon your monitor's resolution.

    CPU - http://ark.intel.com/products/55448/Intel-Core-i3-2105-Processor-(3M-Cache-3_10-GHz)
    MOBO - http://www.msi.com/product/mb/H61MA-E35--B3-.html#/?div=Detail
  9. jaquith said:
    Chris won't see this post. Yes, the H61/H67 can use the Intel® HD Graphics 3000 running at 850MHz and the HDMI vs VGA ports depends upon your monitor's resolution.

    CPU - http://ark.intel.com/products/55448/Intel-Core-i3-2105-Processor-(3M-Cache-3_10-GHz)
    MOBO - http://www.msi.com/product/mb/H61MA-E35--B3-.html#/?div=Detail


    Thanks so much for the quick reply.
  10. My monitor has 1440x 900 resolution. Is that o.k.?
  11. Yep either VGA or HDMI.
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