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Motherboard Rendering Ability...I'm confused!

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March 15, 2012 12:03:37 PM

Here are two similar boards I was thinking of getting for a new build:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
and
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I have managed to narrow it down to these two for ease of use aspects and features for the price.

But, as you can see under the specifications tab for each, one of them has the rendering ability set to DirectX 10.1 Graphics under the "Video" section in the specs. Does this mean it cannot run the new DirectX 11 or that the integrated graphics of the CPU it was built for cannot? Would a dedicated GPU (HD Radeon 6850) be able to run DirectX 11 despite the motherboard listed at only 10.1?

What does this motherboard's rendering ability mean??? :fou: 

Thanks :ange: 
a c 717 V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 1:17:35 PM

DirectX is a function of the Chipset, OS and the GPU and either MOBO equipped with a DirectX 11 discrete GPU will run ... DirectX 11. Where perhaps the confusion is coming into play is the Sandy Bridge's built-in Intel HD 2000/3000 Graphics which is DirectX 10.1 - http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/intel915g/sb/cs-0...

However, the H61 IMO is a very poor platform for any serious Rendering. First it lacks the ability to support any OC'ing i.e. the SB (K) CPUs cannot be OC'ed, 2xDIMM support limitation, and multiple discrete GPU support. Other than that it 'peachy.'
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March 15, 2012 1:32:53 PM

jaquith said:
DirectX is a function of the Chipset, OS and the GPU and either MOBO equipped with a DirectX 11 discrete GPU will run ... DirectX 11. Where perhaps the confusion is coming into play is the Sandy Bridge's built-in Intel HD 2000/3000 Graphics which is DirectX 10.1 - http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/intel915g/sb/cs-0...

However, the H61 IMO is a very poor platform for any serious Rendering. First it lacks the ability to support any OC'ing i.e. the SB (K) CPUs cannot be OC'ed, 2xDIMM support limitation, and multiple discrete GPU support. Other than that it 'peachy.'


Ahhh, so that's what it meant. Knew it! -_-

I understand this is a budget board, and your right on its lack of some features.

Anything here (click here), on this page (click here) or on this page (click here) up to $130 is manageable for me. What do you think, in all your godly expert opinion :D  is the best motherboard for the L1155 socket type on those two pages up to the price limit?

The user on this forum post came up with some ideas too: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/297533-30-best-microa...
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a c 717 V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 1:42:02 PM

In your last (TH) link those are mATX MOBOs, is there a reason for mATX rather than full ATX? Also, what CPU and GPU(s)? And while were're at it: Case, RAM, and PSU?
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March 15, 2012 1:50:38 PM

jaquith said:
In your last (TH) link those are mATX MOBOs, is there a reason for mATX rather than full ATX? Also, what CPU and GPU(s)? And while were're at it: Case, RAM, and PSU?


Sure, the build is:

case: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
psu: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... (likely will have to get the 500W version, right?)
motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... OR http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hard-drive: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
RAM: 1X http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... OR 2X http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
gpu: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
disk drive: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Windows OP: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Case is ATX or mATX but I was thinking ATX would be a tight fit. If there are any good, affordable ATX mobos too (which are usually more expensive though), I would love to consider them too.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 2:47:04 PM

I've got to admit, I'm am not the best at sub-$1,000 systems where pennies count. If your rendering is CPU driven then I'd me more concerned abut a 4-core i5 CPU and 2x4GB of RAM than a gaming GPU. There's a huge difference between the (i3 + 4GB) vs (i5 + 8GB).

TH $600 build - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

In addition, the folks in the Building section I'm sure have many build's up their sleeves and ready to post in 10 seconds vs me taking an hour or longer to stay under $600~$700.

TH Building section (New Build) - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-31.html also there a several systems posted there to review.
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March 15, 2012 3:08:49 PM

jaquith said:
I've got to admit, I'm am not the best at sub-$1,000 systems where pennies count. If your rendering is CPU driven then I'd me more concerned abut a 4-core i5 CPU and 2x4GB of RAM than a gaming GPU. There's a huge difference between the (i3 + 4GB) vs (i5 + 8GB).

TH $600 build - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

In addition, the folks in the Building section I'm sure have many build's up their sleeves and ready to post in 10 seconds vs me taking an hour or longer to stay under $600~$700.

TH Building section (New Build) - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-31.html also there a several systems posted there to review.


I'm not wondering about the build, its pretty much decided. The last thing is the motherboard. That's why im in this section. Just wondering if you could help with the board or I'll just have to go with the boards from earlier.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 3:34:19 PM

$80 (2) MOBO - ECS P67H2-A2 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$100 (3) MOBO - MSI P67A-C43 B3 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

QuickSync Rendering:
$100 (1) MOBO - MSI Z68A-G45 (B3) - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

$190 CPU - Intel Core i5-2320 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

$40 RAM - Kingston KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$40 RAM - Patriot G2 Series PGD34G1333ELK - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

What I would do:
MSI Z68A-G45 (B3), i5-2320, and Kingston KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G if needed a lesser GPU.
Cost differences:
+$62 CPU (4 cores) no brainier
+40 MOBO Z68 (4xDIMM, QuickSync option, decent options) no brainier for MPED-2/4/H.264 encoding
+$6 RAM (Fully matched set 8GB) no brainier
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+110 considerably better for Rendering, zero doubts, and worth every penny.
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a b V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 4:46:39 PM

gotanyideas123 said:
Here are two similar boards I was thinking of getting for a new build:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
and
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I have managed to narrow it down to these two for ease of use aspects and features for the price.

But, as you can see under the specifications tab for each, one of them has the rendering ability set to DirectX 10.1 Graphics under the "Video" section in the specs. Does this mean it cannot run the new DirectX 11 or that the integrated graphics of the CPU it was built for cannot? Would a dedicated GPU (HD Radeon 6850) be able to run DirectX 11 despite the motherboard listed at only 10.1?

What does this motherboard's rendering ability mean??? :fou: 

Thanks :ange: 



Maybe this is what you need for a motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 15, 2012 5:51:12 PM

Best answer selected by gotanyideas123.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
March 15, 2012 11:38:10 PM

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