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Which motherboard is the best for a budget PC

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February 17, 2013 5:22:32 PM

Hi, just a quick question. Which of these motherboards do you think would be best for a budget pc.

1. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-b75-d3v-inte...(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-micro-atx

2. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-b75a-g43-intel-b75-s...(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-hdmi-atx (If anybody can see the fan connectors other than the cpu fan then please can you tell me as I can't see them)

3.http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h77ma-g43-intel-h77-...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-micro-atx

Thanks in advance for any feedback or info.

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February 17, 2013 5:27:36 PM

you dont need fan connecters on the motherboard.

a lot of fans plug into a 4 pin molex cable straight from the power supply

some have speed selections on them e.g. a little switch


or you could go for a fan controller on pc and then control it manually that way and you wouldnt need any fan headers on motherboard


personally id go this route if i didnt have 4 fans on low in my pc. that way i could raise the speed up when gaming and have headphones on
February 17, 2013 5:32:08 PM

MSI H77MA-G43 is the clear winner IMHO, if only because it has 2 SATA3 ports. The other two have only 1 SATA3 port ea.

The memory lanes are also capable of higher speeds. Everything else is pretty much a wash.
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February 17, 2013 5:34:41 PM

Is the MSI H77MA motherboard capable of 7.1 or 5.1 with the on board audio?
February 17, 2013 5:37:51 PM

mrhello123 said:
Is the MSI H77MA motherboard capable of 7.1 or 5.1 with the on board audio?


From the spec sheet you posted.. -> 1 x 7.1 Audio I/O
February 17, 2013 5:45:38 PM

Thanks. Also do you know any good cases for around £30 that have a bottom mounted psu and usb 3.0's as I can't find any.
February 17, 2013 5:57:48 PM

mrhello123 said:
that have a bottom mounted psu and usb 3.0's as I can't find any.


Nor can I. Any particular reason that the PSU needs to be on the bottom (heat rises)?
February 17, 2013 7:46:02 PM

now i think about it the only reason i wanted a bottom mounted psu was because somebody on tomsgardware told me it was better. they fall so i dont see a reason for a bottom mounted psu. do you know any good cases then for around £30.
February 18, 2013 5:43:05 AM

that one doesn't support my atx motherboard
February 18, 2013 2:44:17 PM

mrhello123 said:
that one doesn't support my atx motherboard

Pretty sure you were choosing from 3 different micro-ATX motherboards. When did ATX enter the equation?
February 18, 2013 4:10:09 PM

didn't even realise that it was a micro atx board any other good cases
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