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April 19, 2012 2:15:00 AM

Hey all...

So I'm kinda curious as to what the best (and most cost efficient) motherboard would be for the following components:

i5 2400
Radeon HD 7850

I'm open to suggestions on ATX as well as mATX boards. Really, cost is the main driver. I'm not looking to spend more than $75-90. However this is a problem I'm facing for a first time build. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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April 19, 2012 3:54:23 AM

I think, given the parameters, your best bet might be something like this...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Although you won't get PCi3.0 throughput, it seems to be the most capable of upgrading if the need should arise (one of two I found in the price range with Z68 chipset)
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April 19, 2012 3:58:21 AM

Thanks C12! I am curious though, would the 7850 be able to run on the 2.0x16 slot? Would performance be capped? I'd hate to splurge on a nice card only for it to be limited...
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April 19, 2012 4:09:00 AM

ya PCI-Express 2.0 and 3.0 are interoperable although the PCI-Express 3.0 will perform better if it is matched with a PCI-Express 3.0 slot.

This is similar but with PCI express 3.0 .. I didn't really bother to compare everything on the mobos. Let me know if you notice any deficiencies.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 19, 2012 4:20:18 AM

Awesome geo...see it's information like that that I had no idea about. I like your suggestion, but it's a little on the high end in price for me. I found something that I think might be a happy medium (especially considering there's a rebate included) Please let me know what you think of this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7850 compatible? Good for the i5 2400? Reliable product?!
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April 19, 2012 4:58:45 AM

I believe the board you suggest will work fine with the 7850 and i5-2400; however I have no experience with Biostar at all. To be honest I've only ever had an Asus mobo and I have heard good things about Asrock. Biostar, MSI and Gigabyte also seem to have decent reputations. Also I might have overlooked something so hopefully someone else can ring in and further confirm that it is a safe choice for your setup.
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