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August 15, 2013 3:38:14 PM

Hello all,

Long time lurker, now officially user. I just purchased myself a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB 2.5-inch Series SSD, and it will be arriving in the coming days. I am pretty certain that I will be needing a new motherboard to be able to take full advantage of what that SSD has to offer. My current MoBo is an Asus and I am not exactly sure which one it is, seeing as I am posting from work, but I know that it is almost 5 years old now and highly doubt it has any SATA III connection capabilities.

So what I wanted to ask is what motherboard should I be getting? To properly answer that question I know it is important to know what I use my computer for and what other hardware I am currently using. I use my computer primarily for gaming.

My video card is the EVGA GTX GeForce 570

I am also using a sound card the ASUS Xonar DGX

I would like for the new MoBo to have SLI capabilities, my current one does not.

Price range is anything really, apart from outrageously expensive. I am not necessarily looking for the best MoBo out there, but rather a good performing MoBo that will be able to cater to the needs listed above. If it so happens that the two go hand in hand all the better, although I am aware that it is not at all likely.

Any and all help welcomed thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry.

Pukutak.

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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 4:03:26 PM

Are you running AMD or Intel? It's hard to suggest a board without knowing.
a c 1307 V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 4:06:15 PM

Need either a CPU or a particular socket you are looking for - if 1150 then get the Asus Hero, and we'll make this easy :) 
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August 15, 2013 11:05:05 PM

Jaxem said:
Are you running AMD or Intel? It's hard to suggest a board without knowing.


I have Intel Core 2 Quad CPU
a b V Motherboard
August 16, 2013 11:10:28 AM

The 'new' 775 boards i could find were all mATX and not suited to your needs, i'd think you'll probably have to pick up a used one, in which case i'd browse ebay as they have great buyer protection policies so you don't get ripped off.

Probably something like this?:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-P7N-SLI-Platinum-LGA-775-So...
August 16, 2013 12:04:36 PM

Jaxem said:
The 'new' 775 boards i could find were all mATX and not suited to your needs, i'd think you'll probably have to pick up a used one, in which case i'd browse ebay as they have great buyer protection policies so you don't get ripped off.

Probably something like this?:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-P7N-SLI-Platinum-LGA-775-So...


Thanks for the quick replies. What would I need to get to make the 775 boards that you are referencing work with my build? I am not averse to the idea of buying a new CPU either.

a b V Motherboard
August 16, 2013 1:05:54 PM

I suggested that board purely for the SLI, if you want SATA3, and to take full advantage of your SSD, you will need to upgrade to a newish board/CPU, That board is only SATA2, but even at SATA2 speeds it will put a HDD to shame.

If your current board is DDR2, you should be able to swap that eBay board in no problem
August 16, 2013 3:03:05 PM

Jaxem said:
I suggested that board purely for the SLI, if you want SATA3, and to take full advantage of your SSD, you will need to upgrade to a newish board/CPU, That board is only SATA2, but even at SATA2 speeds it will put a HDD to shame.

If your current board is DDR2, you should be able to swap that eBay board in no problem


Alright what MoBo + CPU combo would you suggest for me to be able to take full advantage of my SSD?
a b V Motherboard
August 16, 2013 3:28:50 PM

What's your budget for CPU + mobo?
August 17, 2013 9:45:09 AM

Jaxem said:
What's your budget for CPU + mobo?


Anything not outrageously expensive. I do want good quality though.

a c 1307 V Motherboard
August 17, 2013 3:15:28 PM

If you want OCing go the 8350 (AMD) or on the Intel side the 3570K or the 4670K - No one has any idea of what you mean by not outrageously expensive AMD is cheaper, a 3570K and mobo prob run about $340ish which is cheap for the performance
August 20, 2013 11:25:12 AM

Thanks for all your help, I went to my local Computer Store where they initially built my PC and they got me set up with an Asus Sabertooth Mobo + CPU can't remember off the top of my head what it was. When the parts come in in the next two days I will post an update of what exactly I got.
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