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.
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.
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.