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Will My CPU fit my Motherboard??

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February 2, 2013 10:37:42 PM

I am relatively new to PC building and are attempting to build my first rig.

I am thinking of purchasing the Intel Core i3-3220 along with the GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 motherboard. Will the CPU chip fit on the motherboard and are they compatible?

Links to both below:

Intel i3-3220: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-3220-Dual-Core-Processor...

GIGABYTE Motherboard: http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-H61M-DS2-Intel-Micro-...


Any tips/advice welcomed!

Thank you!

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February 2, 2013 11:02:20 PM

Hi. The CPU is compatible with the motherboard but possibly after a BIOS update depending on which revision you get and there's no way to know that. Interestingly revision 1.0 of the motherboard doesn't support any Ivy Bridge i3s but does support some i5s and i7s. I think it's safer to get a B75 motherboard instead or H77 if you can spend a little more and they both support USB 3.0. Here's a cheap B75 board for just $3 more: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-LGA1155-MicroATX-Motherboard-...
More to choose from: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#c=26,36&sort...
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February 2, 2013 11:27:11 PM

johnsonjohnson said:
Hi. The CPU is compatible with the motherboard but possibly after a BIOS update depending on which revision you get and there's no way to know that. Interestingly revision 1.0 of the motherboard doesn't support any Ivy Bridge i3s but does support some i5s and i7s. I think it's safer to get a B75 motherboard instead or H77 if you can spend a little more and they both support USB 3.0. Here's a cheap B75 board for just $3 more: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-LGA1155-MicroATX-Motherboard-...
More to choose from: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#c=26,36&sort...


Hey, this may sound like a silly question, but how many fans can that B75 motherboard support?

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February 3, 2013 12:01:34 AM

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February 3, 2013 12:18:29 AM

You're welcome.
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