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February 17, 2012 9:30:37 AM

I am trying to upgrade a home build that has tanked. I have little money to spend to upgrade, a G860 is the max right now, I can get it for $83 now, will that meet my needs as described ?.(next will be an IB cpu when possible.). I can afford up to $115 for the MB ( I have other components plus OS, PSU is 550W). My question is, which MB is good for me at that price pt. ? I do not require more than 4-6 SATA ports nor more than 6-8 USB. Firewire, etc. are useless to me. I have G.Skill 8gb 10666 mem. + MS 64 bit OS. I was looking at ASRock or Biostar Z68 MBs at the previous price pt. I do not need cutting edge specs just respectable #'s, max gaming is skyrim, no heavy lifting s/w uses. All my other comp uses are basic. Suggestions? Advice for a possible cheaper solution for now to save for better upgrade later.

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February 17, 2012 11:25:03 AM

what is your budget
what parts are you trying to re-use
February 17, 2012 12:16:44 PM

Just what IS your total budget? BTW, good luck upgrading the MB and CPU to something completely different from what you currently might have with your Win 7 if it's an OEM.
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February 17, 2012 6:06:43 PM

Like I stated before $115 for a MB. I do not require any other components the ones I have will work w/ Z68., I can afford the previously mentioned cpu. If it matters I have 2 hds and 2 dvds (sata) and 4 USB devices max.
February 17, 2012 6:19:35 PM

gigabyte z68 ap-d3 is a great budget board, or asus z68 v-lx
February 20, 2012 12:31:01 PM

ali2837 said:
gigabyte z68 ap-d3 is a great budget board, or asus z68 v-lx

What is the diff between those and ASRock or Biostar at the price pt. I stated earlier?
February 20, 2012 1:39:04 PM

do you want to
do overclocking,
use raid,
use more than 16gb ram,
use intel smart response (ssd will be needed),
crossfire/sli?

If no then z68 is not the right choice for you, h61 will do and starts at 50$.
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