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I need a new motherboard, which one?

Hello, I was wandering if anyone here knew a good motherboard to get in a 9.6 x 9.6 micro atx case. I need one because, well, its 2011, and we built that computer back in 2006? 2007? I cant remember. Anyway, I need one because I do a lot of gaming and I can still run my games on ultra or max or whatever is the highest, but the thing is, im starting to get a lower and lower fps with these new games. The reason I need a new motherboard is because I already have the best processor I can fit in my motherboard. (Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.00GHZ) I need a motherboard that can fit in that case, but also can at least fit that processor until i get the money to get a new one. Are their motherboards that support 2 different sizes of processors? It also needs to support at least 6gb of ram and at least 4 SATA ports.

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
6144MB RAM
x2 Seagate Momentus XTs in RAID 0
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
i-Inc 25" iH252 1920 x 1080 AND 15" Gateway vx730 (dual monitor)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forum! :)

    IMO the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759
    Specs -> http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maximus_IV_GENEZ/#specifications
    Size:
    uATX Form Factor
    9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

    PCIe:
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x4

    Intel® Z68 chipset :
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
    4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), gray
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family
    JMicron® JMB362 controller : *1
    2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
    *1: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

    LAN:
    Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

    Phase
    - 8 -phase CPU power design + 4 -phase iGPU power design
    - 2 -phase Memory power design
  2. Well their were some problems with that one. First, I am using socket 775 and second, I am using ddr2 RAM. And the price is a little high, I am looking to spend no more than 120$$ on a motherboard. Thanks for the reply anyway.
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    Duh me I saw "its 2011", bad me and I assumed NEW went along with a NEW CPU.

    I would spend as little as possible on a 2+ generation old gear. Further, IF the RAID 0 is being 'moved' then you'll need the same RAID chipset to migrate the HDD's. Otherwise backup ALL data before the moving.

    Intel BOXDG43GT http://ark.intel.com/products/41036/Intel-Desktop-Board-DG43GT
    E6850 CPU Support http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/SearchResult.aspx?BoardName=DG43GT
    $65 Intel BOXDG43GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121389
    $20 SYBA SY-PEX50039 PCIe x1 RAID Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124047


    HDD SATA 2 -> http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/laptops/laptop-hdd/#tTabContentSpecifications
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