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I need advice on what motherboard to buy ( For Gaming )

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September 12, 2012 8:44:40 PM

Hey Guys, Can you give me an advice on what motherboard to buy?

Right now I own :

Mother Board: P8h67-m LE
Processor : i3 - 2100 ( I Just Ordered an " i5 - 2400 ")
Video Card : GTX 550 ti
Memory : 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
PSU: Corsair GS600

The reason why I want to buy a new motherboard is that I just realized That my H67 Doesn't really use the whole 1600mhz of my Memory. And It feels such a waste using a 1600mhz memory on Motherboard that only supports till 1333.
by the way I don't Overclock. because i dont know how to and I'm scared i might do something wrong to my computer.XD

Oh, and Im on a tight budget, I can only affor like $130 worth.>.<
September 12, 2012 8:53:32 PM

Are you commited to that 2400. You'd really be better off with i5-3450, or 3550. Match that to a H77 mobo, and you'd be much better off, for a while to come.
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September 12, 2012 8:58:30 PM

onepoint said:
Hey Guys, Can you give me an advice on what motherboard to buy?

Right now I own :

Mother Board: P8h67-m LE
Processor : i3 - 2100 ( I Just Ordered an " i5 - 2400 ")
Video Card : GTX 550 ti
Memory : 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
PSU: Corsair GS600

The reason why I want to buy a new motherboard is that I just realized That my H67 Doesn't really use the whole 1600mhz of my Memory. And It feels such a waste using a 1600mhz memory on Motherboard that only supports till 1333.
by the way I don't Overclock. because i dont know how to and I'm scared i might do something wrong to my computer.XD

Oh, and Im on a tight budget, I can only affor like $130 worth.>.<


You could get a Z77 Extreme4 mobo which is really popular at the moment , I don't know how expensive it is over in USA but it the UK its £103. If you're not going to overclock you can go a lot cheaper and get the H77 PRO4 which is like £75. Btw overclocking with these motherboards are really easy , if you're not sure on how to do the advanced version of it you can literally do a one click Auto-overclock in the BIOS. However since you bought the i5 2400 Not a "k" Version you can't overclock as it's not unlocked. So go for the H77 PRO3 which will use your ram well.
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September 12, 2012 9:13:26 PM

Yes I am committed to 2400 because I already ordered it,^_^
Arent H77 mobo's expensive?

H77 PRO4 is an Asrock brand right? My schoolmates tell me aSRock isn't a very good brand. Can anyone clarify this?:( 

And do i really need a H77? I read it was for overclocking which i do not do.
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September 12, 2012 10:34:59 PM

onepoint said:
Yes I am committed to 2400 because I already ordered it,^_^
Arent H77 mobo's expensive?

H77 PRO4 is an Asrock brand right? My schoolmates tell me aSRock isn't a very good brand. Can anyone clarify this?:( 

And do i really need a H77? I read it was for overclocking which i do not do.

No. The "top of the line" board with ALL the features, and overclocking, is the Z77.
The H77 has exactly the same features, as Z77, but NOT overclocking.

As regards price, ASRock, or Gigabyte, are just over £60. You can get an Asus H77 for £70

The problem with H77 is that it was designed to get the most out of the new Ivybridge processors. Whilst it will work fine with a 2400, half the "clever features" just won't be available to you. It would still probably be better than the one you've got, but nothing like what it would be with an Ivybridge processor.

Where did you purchase that 2400. If online, you have the right to return it, just because you changed your mind, under distance selling legislation. Any decent supplier, anyway, would be happy to swap it. There may be an additional charge, but should be small, and if so, definitely worth it. If they haven't already sent it, no problem anyway.
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September 12, 2012 10:41:23 PM

well, I really want to change my motherboard, coz as i said My h67 does not support 1600 memory mhz, Which i do have. That's my only main reason. And Some people say P67 is better For gaming. And H67 is not.
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September 12, 2012 10:47:02 PM

The difference between 1333 and 1600 is the same difference you'd get brushing your teeth faster to save time. Irrelevant. Same with P67 vs H67. I'd upgrade the rest of your system to a 6870 and run that Vengeance RAM at 1333MHz. Simple.
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September 12, 2012 11:04:11 PM

So my Gaming Computer Works Fine as it is? I Don't need to change my Motherboard Even If I Replace my i3-2100 to the i5-2400 I bought?
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September 12, 2012 11:30:05 PM

The 2400 will work as effectively (or close to it) as the i3 did on that board, which means that you will, more or less, get the full benefit of the extra cores, in the i5, which probably equates to 20%, or just over, across a range of games. It's just less of an increase than you would get with Ivybridge and H77 mobo.
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September 13, 2012 12:18:50 AM

onepoint said:
So my Gaming Computer Works Fine as it is? I Don't need to change my Motherboard Even If I Replace my i3-2100 to the i5-2400 I bought?


Perfectly. Stop poking around in its guts and enjoy it.
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September 13, 2012 7:45:56 AM

Ill not buy even a p67 motherboard?xD. So what do i do with $130?
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September 13, 2012 8:08:46 AM

As you've already committed to that 2400, the next thing to think about is that rather weak 550Ti. You could either get something like a HD6850 now, a sizeable jump, or what may be better, if you can hang on to the $130, til you can add $30 odd, a HD7850, then you really are into the realms of playing the BF3's etc, reasonably well.
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September 13, 2012 8:39:54 AM

No you don't need a new mobo for the RAM
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September 13, 2012 8:46:50 AM

Well Im only stuck at buying a mobo I wanted to give my current Mobo to my brother So he can have his own computer.^^ So i can have my computer all to myself. haha.
My Friend says he saw an ASUS P8Z77-M PRO on sale in a store nearby.
But I have heard H77 most from you guys. What is their difference? And will it do better than my H67 mobo?
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September 13, 2012 8:48:10 AM

No changing the mobo does not affect performance.
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September 13, 2012 9:09:21 AM

So I should just buy another p8H67-m LE Which only cost $100.? So i can give my borther my old mobo?
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September 13, 2012 11:22:47 AM

I would try and return the 2400 for a 3570K and a Z75 mobo if you must have a new one, at least then there would be some difference.
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September 13, 2012 11:33:39 AM

A H77 will gain you next to nothing, with the 2400. To be honest, what you SHOULD have done was either, upgrade CPU AND mobo, to the latest, OR GPU to the best you could afford. You've rather got yourself stuck, in the middle. The only PROBLEM, with you current mobo, I see, is if it's "clapped out", and might not last you til the next upgrade. However, if that's the case, do you really want to be giving it to your brother?
I would say, if you have serious concerns about current mobo, lasing til next time you can afford to get new mobo AND new CPU, then change it. What you do with the old one, is up to you (and your brother). Whilst your current GPU may be weak, it's what it's like for YOUR needs that counts. If you want better gameplay, upgrade. If you are happy, put the money in the bank, and start saving for when you NEED to do something.
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September 13, 2012 11:53:34 AM

-I'm not an extreme gamer my games are like Dragon Nest,LoL,The Sims 3, Skyrim etc. And It works Fine .So I think my GPU is just right for me.

-I dont really need to buy K processors Because i dont overclock.

-I just don't want to be interrupted whenever I am playing in my computer. Which my brother does. that's why I want to give him my mobo + i3 proccessor. Which is the only thing he is missing. my i5-2400 is on its way. So all I need now is just a mobo which is just right for gaming. with a $130 or less price as sson as possible so i can get back to farming. Which im being left out by my friends because my brother uses my computer most of the time...
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September 13, 2012 11:58:33 AM

Just get the cheapest one that has all the connectors you need.
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September 13, 2012 3:57:06 PM

I just had an Idea but i need your guys opinion,
Since you tell me my setup is just fine, and my only reason for changing my mobo is that i want to give it to my brother so he won't be bothering me in my gaming anymore.
Is it a better Idea if i buy my brother a cheap mobo like an H61? Will it support my old i3 - 2100?
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September 13, 2012 4:12:22 PM

Yes, it will.
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September 13, 2012 6:20:47 PM

Apologies if I'm talking out of turn, because I obviously don't know your circumstances, or your relationship with your brother. If it were me, I'd be inclined to put my new processor in mine, and try it for a few days, to be sure I can manage, with MINE, without any further changes, BEFORE making a decision, how I can best help my brother. Surely, putting up with a few more days, of your brother's "pestering", is better than rushing into another "decision", that might turn out to be "less than perfect"
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September 14, 2012 12:39:56 AM

I want my brother to have his own computer so he won't be interrupting me to use mine all the time. I'm rushing not because of his pestering, but because I have to catch up to my guildmates in game as soon as possible.
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September 14, 2012 1:56:03 AM

In that case, getting a H61, for him, sounds reasonable. My slight concern, for you, is that, if you mobo is a couple of years old, it may well fail, before you next want to upgrade CPU. You might then have difficult choices to make.
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September 14, 2012 4:01:48 AM

Dude, just get an ASRock H77 Motherboard. If all your wondering about is that then just go for it. If your perfectly fine with the board you got just buy a cheaper board for your bro so you don't have to do all the work of detaching yours to put on his. I think that covers what you want to hear.

Your parts will last you a long time if your taking care of it and not pushing it so hard. Heck I know a guy who is using a 5 year old computer and plays games perfectly fine on it. I don't think it will be an issue, especially with the games you play.
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September 14, 2012 9:05:51 AM

Ok guys, I decided to just buy a H61 mobo for my bro instead of upgrading mine,.Which only cost like $50. I can just save the extra $80.:)  Thanks guys for the help.:) 
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September 14, 2012 9:13:05 AM

Yeah you save that for your real upgrade whenever.
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September 15, 2012 3:07:30 PM

onepoint said:
Well Im only stuck at buying a mobo I wanted to give my current Mobo to my brother So he can have his own computer.^^ So i can have my computer all to myself. haha.
My Friend says he saw an ASUS P8Z77-M PRO on sale in a store nearby.
But I have heard H77 most from you guys. What is their difference? And will it do better than my H67 mobo?


Don't bother getting the GTX550TI , The HD6850 [Significantly better] Is £91 from Scan.co.uk with postage
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