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H61 i3-2100 mobos which BIOS features, brand and other little things

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August 6, 2011 5:21:57 AM

hi all, iam getting an i3 2100 for average gaming for my 1st build i dont need any of the following:
OC
USB3.0 or SATA III
SLI/Crossfire
SSD or RAID
integrated graphics

so I have decided that H61 is best for my needs/budget (around £50 for mobo).

now iam new to all this and not an expert. after deciding on the differences mentioned above, what iam confused about is the following:

1).brand, which one would u recommend for my needs

2).BIOS features, the stuff that i dont know anything about (e.g. @BIOS, 2 x 32 Mbit flash, Support for DualBIOS, PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b) and which brand has the best BIOS features (gigabyte has their own features same for ASUS)

3).form factor, i dont know if its just the size and number of slots or is this going to affect the air flow, psu, enough room for long gpu card and/or anything else

iam not asking u to explain what every single thing of those means, i just wanna know which things i need to look out for according to my needs
thanks for taking the time to help me.

is there anything else i need to watch out for? like pins? i dont know

a few mobos iam considering
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-s1155-intel-h61m-dd...
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ga-h61m-d2-b3-lga...
http://www.ebuyer.com/261406-asus-p8h61-m-le-h61-socket...

thanks
a c 107 V Motherboard
August 8, 2011 3:57:17 AM

Out of the last two, I would choose the Gigabyte.
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August 8, 2011 4:34:44 AM

thanks mate. i just realized that, on both boards, the PCI-E slot is very close to the bottom of the memory slot which might overlap with a longer gpu (or am i being paranoid?).
this is my first ever build so iam not sure what else to watch out for
a c 107 V Motherboard
August 8, 2011 4:16:49 PM

All Micro-ATX boards have this issue. They won't overlap. Just install the memory first, as having the graphics card there may make getting to it more difficult (but not impossible).
a c 107 V Motherboard
August 9, 2011 6:28:58 PM

As long as you don't need the PCI/PCIe slots that it blocks, it should fit fine on any mainboard.
August 9, 2011 10:08:20 PM

ok thanks again Leaps-from-Shadows. ur the only 1 who bothered replying!
my main concern was the gpu not fitting, if it just blocks a pci slot then thats fine.
i cant choose a best answer for some reason
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