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January 16, 2013 11:20:29 AM

Hello guys , so i just bought a new case (nzxt 410) to basically replace my z200 sff workstation one and
replace some parts like the GPU and PSU. The thing is that my motherboard is a BTX which is a pain if not
impossible to fit especially for a newbie like me. I think my best bet is buying a new ATX motherboard to
replace it. My processor is an Intel Xeon 3430 2,4GHz . Could you recommend me a motherboard that is
compatible to it but also has the potential to store a newer CPU when i get the money to upgrade it ?
My budget right now is around 150 $ and my pc is mainly used for gaming. Thanks in advance.

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January 16, 2013 11:26:36 AM

i apologize for the double post if some admin could delete one it would be nice.
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January 16, 2013 1:20:05 PM

Unfortunately, that's a Socket 1156 processor. Which is a dead platform. No newer processors will work with any ATX motherboard you could get for that processor. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend getting any motherboard for that processor. Keep saving money until you can get a new processor, motherboard and RAM.

-Wolf sends


For $150, you might want to consider the following which will allow you to upgrade to a better processor later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G640 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $139.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 10:39 EST-0500)

The $139.94 total is after a $10 mail-in rebate.
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January 16, 2013 1:21:52 PM

btw - you might want to mark your duplicate thread as solved.

-Wolf sends
January 16, 2013 3:18:55 PM

Thanks you Wolfshadw for the fast reply , i really appreciate it. I really hoped i could get by with a cheaper
purchase i.e. get a motherboard but since that's not a choice i will try and get both a processor and a motherboard.

I was thinking of getting an i3570k and an ASRock z77 extreme4. Do you have any other suggestions of
similar potential but in a lower cost since i can spent this kind of money but i would have to cut on other life expenses.

Edit : that would be 373 euros or 495 dollars including 2x4gb corsair vengeance 1600.
January 16, 2013 4:53:34 PM

well, if you don't want to overclock, then downgrade the motherboard to an h61 (or whatever floats your boat), and the i5 to a 3450 or a 3470 (depending on if you have a dedicated gpu), which will yield very similar performance at stock speeds.
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January 16, 2013 5:04:49 PM

If you have more money to spend, but not enough to get the Core I5 3570K, then I'd probably recommend getting your motherboard and RAM, but drop down to a low-end processor like the Pentium G640 I mentioned earlier until you can save up enough to get the I5-3570K.

Either that or put off your upgrade until you can afford it.

-Wolf sends