Hey guys! Need some help with build for i3 3225 CPU (want this one instead of 3220 because of the intel hd graphics just for a month or two before i'll save up some more money for decent graphics card). Basically I haven't got a clue about motherboards so any help would be much appreciated... I would like to stick to it 4GB/8GB RAM, needs to be mATX, and have enough space to plug in a graphics card later on (7770/7850)... any suggestions...?
Both of these boards will run your 3225 without having to flash the bios first. Avoid the H61 boards, which may require a sandy bridge cpu to flash the bios before you can run your cpu. Want another brand, then choose either the h77 or b75 chipset.
Thanks for the reply As I'm totally useless when it comes to motherboards - can you explain me why these 2 boards? There's such a massive choice... could you also suggest something more 'pricey' but really good build quality?
Right, I think I'll go for this one - ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard, but what about RAM? what voltage should i choose? Both board and CPU support 1600MHz, right? any recommendations on brand? Thanks a lot for any help
You can run 1.5v cl9 ram in a variety of brands, either 1333 or 1600; I've used corsair, kingston, crucial, gskill, pny, and patriot. I go for value. 2 x 4gb is enough for most tasks.