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Windows 7: need some expert advice on how to spend my money

23 Mar 2012   #141
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Micro is just as "powerful". All you give up is a bunch of slots that you may never use.

But, using just ATX motherboards; any of these are OK and under 150:



Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

You may as well flip a coin as to which one.

I don't which is coolest.


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23 Mar 2012   #142
Paronomasia

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

ok then how about a micro that can do 4 ram cards, and video card?
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23 Mar 2012   #143
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paronomasia View Post
-.- youre purposley doing this.
i liked james's help better.
i have no idea what i want, i just want my computer to be better. i dont know anyhting about computers but ive been learning a lot. forget about my friend, about the led's about everything and just help me with this:
i have around $500 so spend on a computer upgrade, you know my specs, i want a graphics card, a motherboard, ram, psu, and if i happen to get an extra $10 il buy some Christmas lights and stick them inside my computer!
I'm loving this thread
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23 Mar 2012   #144
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Wow! Monster thread....has anyone mentioned a SSD yet?

Regards,
Golden
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23 Mar 2012   #145
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paronomasia View Post
ok then how about a micro that can do 4 ram cards, and video card?
Newegg.com - ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard



Above are all micro ATX and would save you a few bucks.

All have 4 RAM slots.

Some have the new "EFI" bios, which your friend may not have and which may add to the coolness factor.
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23 Mar 2012   #146
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Wow! Monster thread....has anyone mentioned a SSD yet?

Regards,
Golden
Yeah, I did.

But I guess the OP decided it didn't add enough coolness.
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23 Mar 2012   #147
Paronomasia

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

ok this looks good, but looking at this, it looks exactly like the one i have except this is blue. whats the difference?
Newegg.com - ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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23 Mar 2012   #148
Paronomasia

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

ig, i did notice the ssd but $100 just for a faster boot time? i dont think so
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23 Mar 2012   #149
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paronomasia View Post
ok this looks good, but looking at this, it looks exactly like the one i have except this is blue. whats the difference?
Newegg.com - ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
We can't tell because we can't see your motherboard.

I don't know who makes HP motherboards. Could be Asus, but I doubt it.

Colors don't mean much.

Which reminds me: why do you think you need a new motherboard if you are keeping the same CPU?
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23 Mar 2012   #150
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The SSD does more than faster boot time.

Overall system responsiveness is seriously improved.

But it helps little if at all in gaming. Games will load faster if installed on the SSD.
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