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Dell xps8300 mobo replacement

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February 5, 2013 9:18:41 PM

Hello everyone. I was wondering if I could replace my motherboard in my Dell XPS8300 with any other matx motherboard. Specifically, I was looking into the EVGA 120-SB-E682-KR SLI Micro Z68 Motherboard.

Any help at all would be amazing and thank you in advance!

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a c 436 V Motherboard
February 6, 2013 12:35:03 AM

You could, but I wouldn't since your old dell operating system wouldn't work. You'd need a new windows coa unless you've already replaced your original windows. I would get a z77 board if you're going to replace it.
February 6, 2013 1:16:28 AM

I'm running Windows 8. I upgraded not to long ago and it's not like I use any of Dells integrated software anyway.

Looking at the two boards, other than the price, I don't really see much of a difference between them. Is there something I'm missing about the 77 that works better than the 68?
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a c 436 V Motherboard
February 6, 2013 6:49:57 AM

Some later z68 boards may have pci-e 3.0 support, which all z77 boards have for ivy bridge. Check evga's cpu support list carefully; on some boards, they may not have ivy bridge support without a bios flash first. They did this with p67 boards, not even offering a bios update for ivy bridge. Newegg has a better selection and some less expensive z77 boards by msi and biostar, which I use.
February 6, 2013 4:59:32 PM

Okay, thank you! You are brilliant and I appreciate it! :) 
February 6, 2013 4:59:54 PM

Best answer selected by deadmaufive.