I'm buildling a computer for a friend, mainly used for internet and playing music and light gaming. Trying to stay under $750. I think I'm gonna go with the Intel i3 - 3220 for my CPU, but am not sure what motherboard would be best for it. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the reply. I myself built a computer with the i5 - 3570k and Asus P8Z77 - V Pro and I love it but I just am not sure if I need to go with the Z77 chipset for my friend, he won't really use it and it's more expensive. Any suggestions for H77 or other chipsets?
These are the only H-77 boards that they had and for the price difference it might be better to go with a Z-77 board since the features will be there in case they are ever needed.
You can look at the B-75 boards .
when purchasing Mobos, its really what you want on them. the more you pay, you tend to get:
ability to overclock
more 6 gb/s sata ports
better sound drivers
built in wifi
more ram slots
more pci-e slots
more fan pins
just to name a few.
since the i3-3220 cannot overclock outside of slight BLCK changing, if you were budget minimal, you will only need a B75 motherboard, a Z75 or H77. You can use a Z77 mobo, but one would be essentially paying extra for overclocking.
base your motherboard decision on your needs, a common gamer choice would be answering the folloring questions:
1. Am i overclocking
2. Do i plan to crossfire/sli
3. How many sata 6gb/s ports do i need
4. do i need more fan pins(if one doesnt want to purchase fan controllers or use molex connectors)