Upgrading PC , Is this compatible ?


I am trying to upgrade my computer into a Gaming PC.
Please see the below spec, can someone advise if the motherboard is compatible with the graphics card I've selected and if there are any suggested changes?

Thank you.

Intel Core i5 3550 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Gigabyte GTX 650 2GB GDDR5 VGA Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card (http://www.ebuyer.com/396968-gigabyte-gtx-650-2gb-gddr5-vga-dual-dvi-hdmi-pci-e-graphics-card-gv-n650oc-2gi)

Asus motherboard P8B75-M LX LGA1155 DDR3 SATA 600 mATX (http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/55254)


Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard (http://www.ebuyer.com/351598-gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-socket-1155-vga-dvi-hdmi-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-ga-z77-d3h)

G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory

Corsair 500W CX Builder 80 Plus Bronze PSU

The present upgrade totals approximately £430.

Thank you.
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  1. The gtx 650 will get you low/med settings in modern games at best. You want to lower the CPU and raise the GPU. Get a 7770/gtx 65ti for solid medium settings in modern games.
  2. Yes its better than the normal 650 by a decent amount. You can expect medium settings in all games and maybe some split med/high settings.

    This is assuming your resolution is 1080p
  3. thanks very much.
  4. No problem.
  5. which motherboard would you suggest? the gigabyte or asus?
  6. The b75 motherboard because you can't overclock that CPU so there is no need for a z77 motherboard. An H77 motherboard is ideal here. What is your budget? I can put together a system for you.
  7. thanks tiny, which one would be the best out of these three? all three of these are cheaper than the gigabyte one.

    Asus motherboard P8B75-M LE LGA1155 DDR3 mATX - £58
    Asus motherboard P8B75-M LX LGA1155 DDR3 SATA 600 mATX - £46
    Asus motherboard P8B75-M LGA1155 DDR3 mATX - £68

    Is the motherboard compatible with the intel core i5 and the graphics card? (EVGA GTX 650 Ti SuperSuperClocked 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card)
  8. can anyone help with the last question please?
    just need to get my parts ordered ASAP!
  9. To be honest i recommend a Z77 or Z75 board. Z77 and Z75 was really made with ivy bridge in mind, so it will boost your performance. Here's a good budget board.
    ASRock Z75 Pro3
    $76 US dollars

    As far as compatibility issues with graphics card, there usually are none. GPU's will usually plug into any motherboard as long as they have a PCI x16 slot. So no worries usually with those. CPU and Motherboard compatibility are usually the issues
  10. Cheers tator. Conflicting views! confused now .... plus I'm in the UK mate.
  11. Here's the deal. You aren't overclocking. You don't need a z77 board. H77 boards are just as good and sometimes better than a low end z77 board. Get an h77 board.
  12. Either z77 or h77 would be a good board. It's your decision. This is just my personal opinion , i just like to have the option for the future to have the ability to overclock if i decided to get an unlocked processor. Like he said basically the same board, I just like to keep my options open. As for that board, i'm guessing you can find it on a UK site, then again i know nothing the UK
  13. That is a great motherboard. Go for it.
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