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Windows 7: Custom Build Desktop, looking for good, compatible motherboard

29 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Custom Build Desktop, looking for good, compatible motherboard

Hey, i'm looking for a new motherboard for my desktop as the one i have now isn't working properly,

I need it compatible with:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Intel Core i5 3550
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MH (upgrading to 2x4gb soon)
Nvidia Geforece GTX 660
Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch 1TB Hard Drive

if someone could help me i'd really appreciate it ^_^
i'm looking between the range of £50-£150
if it helps my current motherboard is a "ASrock H61M-GS"

thanks in advance

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29 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

What size case do you have bud? Make/model. This is important for what motherboard to recommend as there are different size motherboards that may/may not fit your case.
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29 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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29 Nov 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok, that's good, so you can have either a full size ATX Motherboard or a MATX Motherboard like you currently have.

Seeing as you have a non K version CPU then you don't need a board that has amazing overclocking features. You have quite a choice really.

I might be wrong, but I think your current board was originally designed to run Sandy Bridge CPU's. Your current CPU is IVY Bridge.

Either a Z77 or H77 board should work well with your CPU, they are getting a little thin on the ground now as stocks diminish but there are still a fair few available.

Full size ATX Z77 - Asus P8Z77-V LX2 Socket 1155 VGA HDMI 8 Channel Audio.. | Ebuyer.com

MATX Z77 - Asrock Z77 Extreme4-m Motherboard Core I7/i5/i3 Socket.. | Ebuyer.com

Full size ATX H77 - Asus P8H77-V H77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX.. | Ebuyer.com

MATX H77 - Asus P8H77-M PRO H77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio.. | Ebuyer.com
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29 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If you never plan on grabbing a 3570K or 3770K, I would look at the H77 boards like Paul suggested. Asus makes the best boards in my opinion, and the decision for ATX or mATX is completely up to you. If you aren't running multiple expansion cards, the mATX will work just fine. The -M Pro looks like a nice board!
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30 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ah thanks a lot to you both looks like i'll get the "M Pro" then seems like a nice board welll within my price range
and yeah ASrock put out a Bios update i think for Ivy bridge CPU's but it didn't quite work which explains all the BSOD's i kept getting :L thanks again!
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30 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

No worries, I hope it works well for you.

Paul.
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08 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Just a suggestion; I have a full size i believe its a atx motherboard and its excellent. Its a asus p8767 evo. You might want to though check out the asus brand in general to see if they have anything that fits your needs. Asus quality wise has some of the better motherboards out there.
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