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August 2, 2012 7:55:36 AM

Processor: Intel 3.1 GHz FCLGA1155 Core i5 3450 Processor | Processor |

I need some suggestions on motherboard, the cheapest one to be precise..
I wont unclock or overclock even if its possible with this processor

system rig:
400w psu (no optical drive connected, no cooler/heatsink)
19inch 1366x768 LED
1600ghz RAM
9400gt (I know how baaaaaaaaackdated it is)

Sole purpose: Gaming, specially FIFA 13.

My 2nd question is: Can 9400gt + 3450processor with Intel HD 2500 run FIFA 13 smoothly? Changing the graphics card isnt possible for him anytime soon. I know 9400gt wont be of much help but selling it isnt an option for me and isnt it better to connect it with the system than throw away?

Any help/suggestion will be appreciated..

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a b V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 8:20:50 AM

I think the cheapest would be something with a H77 chipset like this
It is not possible to run both the 9400gt and the on chip graphics at the same time. I think the 9400gt is best in this case and should be able to run FIFA 13 smoothly at least on minimum settings
August 2, 2012 8:31:08 AM

wow.. this is so cheap.. perfect for me. would connect 9400gt then.
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a c 783 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 9:57:32 AM

sand you may want to wait as the id i3 chips should be out soon. if they do come out i would use that cpu and then use the extra money for 550ti or the new 640. the 650/660ti will be out soon so the older cards are going to drop in price. on some mb they have mvp chipset that let you take a slow video card and the onboard gpu and link them together.
a b V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 11:18:22 AM

cheapest ivy bridge:
ASRock B75M $64.99

1 more sata 6Gbs and 3Gbs but no usb3 header on motherboard for the front panel. the lucid MVP is hit or miss from the various sources i have read; it does help with with the minimum frame rates, you don't dip down as low, but does not help at increasing frame rates.
i tried the trial version myself when i saw my chipset would support it and did not see any improvement in COD MW2; the only game it worked in or didn't crash. when it comes down to it, nothing compensates for a good graphics card.