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Help Choosing New Mobo

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November 21, 2012 3:14:03 PM

Hello All,

I'm wondering if someone can give me some advice on choosing a new motherboard. I am looking for the cheapest option that would offer both USB 3.0 and a SATAIII interface. I am using an Intel i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz.

My current mobo is a Gigabyte H57M-USB3, which only supports SATAII.

My plan is to also purchase an SSD with the new mobo.

Any advice on a well reviewed motherboard that fits these specifications?

thanks guys :) 

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a b V Motherboard
November 21, 2012 4:26:14 PM

Your best option is something like this because of your 1156 socket CPU. Silverstone PCI-E to SATA Add-On Card Model SST-EC05
a b V Motherboard
November 21, 2012 4:31:54 PM

I would also get cards to add those to your current motherboard as there really are no longer 1156 boards for sale that I recommend. Otherwise, you need a new motherboard/cpu combo. I recommend Samsung 840Pro SSDs or Crucials M4s.
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a b V Motherboard
November 21, 2012 4:42:29 PM

I've seen no 1st generation Motherboards for sale let alone one being sold that supports SATA3 and USB3.0. The new models are supporting Generation 3 the Ivy bridge on the 1155. So you have 2 options upgrade the motherboard and CPU or use an add-on card like Knightdog56 recommends. Of course the performance of add-on card depends on the quality of the card it may or may not be as good as a motherboard that comes with those features natively, but if you have to have them its the least expensive way to do it.
November 21, 2012 4:51:08 PM

Arg. Thanks guys. I'm not even sure this is a good solution because I only have one x16 PCIe slot and its occupied...

I guess that just leaves a new cpu/mobo combo?