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Please suggest a motherboard for core i5 2400

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March 18, 2012 2:37:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: Upto $125

System Usage:
I will use this machine in a software development environment with complex software stack and multiple local servers. So it should be high performance. Need to have Linux and Windows in a dual boot mode. High end graphics not required and hence I don't plan to buy separate graphics card. Will rely on onboard graphics. I also need two IDE ports to connect my existing hardware. Plan to buy 6 GB RAM.

Country: India

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Edit:
1. I am interested in small form factor, preferably micro ATX
2. Don't need many upgrade options as I don't plan to upgrade in new future. I mentioned this because I have a tight budget.
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March 18, 2012 3:00:13 PM

its dual channel memory and since there arent 3GB DIMMS you need to either get 4 or 8GB. otherwise you lose half your bandwidth.
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March 18, 2012 3:04:07 PM

Since you need to rely on your IGP you will have to use a board with an H61, H67, or Z68 chipset on it.

There are very few LGA 1155 boards out there with one IDE port and I couldn't find any with two, but you could use an IDE to SATA converter or get a PCI-E card with IDE ports on it.

RAM for LGA 1155 boards should be dual channel, so either get 4GB (2X2GB) or 8GB (2X4GB).

Based on your requirements, I think this board should do nicely: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 18, 2012 3:22:48 PM

varun_shankar said:
Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: Upto $125

System Usage:
I will use this machine in a software development environment with complex software stack and multiple local servers. So it should be high performance. Need to have Linux and Windows in a dual boot mode. High end graphics not required and hence I don't plan to buy separate graphics card. Will rely on onboard graphics. I also need two IDE ports to connect my existing hardware. Plan to buy 6 GB RAM.

Country: India

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

here's a bunch of motherboards that has one ide port (imo you'll need an expansion card to add another) and supports your core i5 2400:
ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
those above are from u.s. site. the ones below are from indian site:
http://www.theitdepot.com/details-Asus+P8H67-M+32GB+DDR...
http://www.theitdepot.com/details-Asus+P8H67-V+32GB+DDR...
http://www.theitdepot.com/details-Asus+P8H67-M+EVO+32GB...
you'll need an expansion card like this one below, for connecting extra ide devices:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 18, 2012 3:58:41 PM

@All

Thanks for your suggestions. Will look into the links you provided.

I noticed that H61 boards are much cheaper than H67 or Z68 boards. What all do I miss if I go for H61. As I mentioned above I don't require high end graphics. Also as it will be a development machine I need to connect only limited number of devices. So don't require zillions of ports.
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