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Windows 7: Ideas please

27 Aug 2015   #1

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
Ideas please

Now my poor old Ivy (Asus P877-V board) is slowly going south I think so I am planning to replace the board and CPU with these
Intel Core i5 6600K (definite)
and either of these
ASUS Z170-AR $259 or ASUS Z170-K $239 or Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI.

I don't intend using the DDR4 just yet as I have some DDR3 @ 2400 I hope will fill in until I can afford the RAM. All my other parts will be compatible I reckon am just wondering about those boards as a choice and I have used both brands in the past with no great issues apart from what I am having now.

I would be prepared to go Haswell if necessary.

Would like to try a bit of OC but really is my general use and main machine

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27 Aug 2015   #2

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You will not be able to run DDR3 RAM in DDR4 slots, the configuration is different. DDR3 has 240 pins, and DDR4 has 288 pins. I believe the slot in the RAM module is in a different location also to avoid doing just that.

When I choose motherboards for my builds I narrow down my search by first choosing which brands I will look at (for me that is usually Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Biostar), and then choose a board from each brand that has the component features I need/want, then compare identical feature boards by price.

If you look at Asus offerings you will notice that all 8 boards are basically the same build, just each board has more or less component features.
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I start by eliminating boards that have more features that I want (like 2 LAN controllers), or fewer (like fewer USB ports), until I find that Goldilocks board.

Then I do the same for the other brands.

Once I have decided on a MB then I look at compatible RAM.
But it is always a new CPU, MB, RAM for any upgrade like this (changing Socket type).
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27 Aug 2015   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
ASUS Z170-AR $259 or ASUS Z170-K $239 or Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI.
Be careful.

Go to Asus and Gigabyte and use their "compare" tools to bring up the detailed specs on those boards.

I'm going to build a Skylake machine within a few months and have begun the elimination process on motherboards.

I've got that Gigabyte SLI board on my "eliminated" list, but I can't recall why. Possibly doesn't have an Intel LAN controller? Maybe doesn't have Realtek 1150 sound chip? I can't remember. But features can and do vary noticeably from model to model and brand to brand.

Have a look at the Gigabyte UD3 and UD5 models and Asrock's OC Formula model.
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27 Aug 2015   #4

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Ok thanks for the heads up I was under the impression that DDR3 was compatible but no worries I can pick up 8GB for $90 to start with.

Plus there is an offer on for the CPU at the moment although they are not as expensive as I thought they might be.

I am not real worried about the graphics or sound as I shall be swapping in the GTX 650 Ti and Xonar DG my real issue would be the number of rear panel USB ports as I do like to use wired KB's and mice for the man machines.
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27 Aug 2015   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

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