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Friend and I are building a computer, motherboard option help?

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May 9, 2012 4:37:32 PM

So I'm helping a friend rebuild his computer a little with what we have available and the purchasing of a few components.
He currently has a Intel Core I5-650 processor. I'm looking for a few recommendations for a new motherboard for him in the cheaper 100-200$ market. Any recommendations from the community would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
May 9, 2012 5:28:36 PM

There doesn't seem to be alot of options for the lga 1156 boards though. What about the 1155 boards? The ideal price would be around 100-130.
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May 9, 2012 5:37:34 PM

One of those boards is deactivated and the first one isn't what i was looking for. I appreciate it though. I was more curious on the major difference between the lga 1155 boards and the 1156.
a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2012 5:52:10 PM

[ H2 ]1155 = SB + IB [ SANDY + IVY BRIDGE ]

[ H1 ]1156 = Clarkdale + Lynnfield
a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2012 5:57:50 PM

1156 CHIPSET = H55 H57 P55 Q57

1155 CHIPSET = Z77 Z75 H77 [ IB ] Z68 P67 H67 [ SB ]

[ some CHIPSET not included here in SB but they are exits ]
May 9, 2012 9:52:12 PM

Bump for advice.
May 9, 2012 11:29:01 PM

May 9, 2012 11:59:58 PM

Any suggestions for a similar motherboard that is actually still for sale would be appreciated too.
May 10, 2012 12:12:04 AM

No. That motherboard will not work with an i5-650. The i5-650 is a socket 1156 processor. The motherboard you linked takes a socket 1155 processor. The two are not interchangeable. The major difference between the two is the cpu itself. The onboard video in the 1156 series of processors isn't really useable for gaming, but suffices for web browsing and basic office work. The 1155 series has faster onboard graphics, but still not enough for gaming. The 1155 series is newer, a very different internal design, but for the most part it's just a little faster, a little cooler, and a little newer. (and a fair bit easier to find parts to build a computer around)

Clarksdale (the i5-650 is a clarksdale cpu) info:,2514.html

Sandy bridge (the 1155 processors) info:,2833.html

Some motherboard suggestions for your i5-650
An inexpensive option:

a more full featured (and more expensive) option:

It would help us more if you could give us more info, what do you intend to do with the computer? (gaming? office use? email/web only?) Do you plan to use the onboard video or a separate video card? What other components do you want to reuse?
May 10, 2012 12:12:28 AM

Sorry, double post.
May 10, 2012 1:24:46 AM

My friend intends to use it for gaming. I'm giving him my old gtx 285 graphics card. The power supply and ram components are fine but I wasn't sure about motherboards, i've been out of the loop for awhile with them. What kind of motherboard do you recommend for his core I5-650 for gaming around 100-140 dollars?
May 10, 2012 2:40:06 AM

You might try, or try the cheap one I linked above. I've no experience with biostar, but that seems to be all that newegg has at the moment.

I looked at tiger direct and they only have two 1156 boards available. You may have better luck locally, or amazon/ebay. I would caution against spending too much money on any 1156 board at this point, as they are getting a little dated.

a b V Motherboard
May 10, 2012 7:26:56 AM

May 10, 2012 3:40:30 PM

My friend is limited in what he can buy price wise. So is the one I linked the best option for him? I don't want to go above 130. The one asus I linked looked like the best I could get for that price range though. It won't have USB 3.0 Support but he doesn't care as much about that and he doesn't want to spend the 180 for the other p7h55d-e one that has usb 3.0.
a b V Motherboard
May 10, 2012 3:51:32 PM

If its gave what he needed go for it