I'm currently buying parts for a new gaming PC. The processor is settled on a Intel Core i5 3450, I've already posted about motherboards and been recommended one but i can't help but wonder what the difference between the socket 1155 motherboards is. I'm not going to be overclocking or installing more then 1 GPU into this computer so what advantage does this £84 motherboard i was recommended (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-inte...) give me over this £34 one (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h61m-p25-(b3)-intel-h61-s-1155-ddr3-sata-ii-3gb-s-pcie-20-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-micro-atx).
If anyone could explain to me the difference between them both, and what benefit spending £50 more on the Gigabyte would give me for a gaming computer i'd be very grateful.
The reason is because your cpu is an ivy bridge with needs a z77 chipset. The cheap mobo is a h61 chipset which is designed for a sandy bridge cpus. Sometimes you can run ivy bridge cpus on the older mobos but you might run into compatibility issues when your trying to install it and you wont get everything out of it.