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Windows 7: Which Motherboard should i buy?

18 Apr 2010   #31
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Thanks for your advice it is very helpful again. This is the Mobo i am going to purchase and ill also get 2x2GB Kingston RAM, and also the i5 661 processor.

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I also was going to build the computer myself i bought this computer from a store that was custom built and was ahead of its time (a long time ago obviously) and now am in the process of upgrading slowly.

I was going to purchase the mobo and ram this week and get the processor next week. So shouldnt be to much that goes wrong.

What items SHOULD i upgrade along side my other things, like what items arent just for bells and whistles and would actually help alot?


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18 Apr 2010   #32
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Decent RAM brands, be sure you get DDR3.

Corsair Value Select
Crucial
Kingston
Mushkin

among others. RAM is not likely to be an issue for you unless you are seriously into over-clocking. If you don't overclock, there is NO reason to buy fancy high speed RAM. Get the cheapest compatible RAM from a reliable manufacturer.
Good advice, though I will add something. Ultra high performance RAM is pretty pointless if you don't overclock, that's true, but cheap RAM is a little pointless, too. A good approach would be to spend a little bit extra, and get a good quality set of premium sticks. NOT "enthusiast" RAM or anything like that, just good quality stuff with decent timings.

I personally would add OCZ to your list of RAM manufacturers. Their Platinum series is really good stuff and very stable, and isn't too expensive. It's about 10 - 15% more than Kingston for instance. I'm currently using Mushkin, but they ARE expensive. They're good though.

I've had no luck with Kingston at all. I had to seriously overvolt one set to even get it to run at it's advertised speed, and other sets have just seemed to under perform.

In the end, you want good, stable RAM with good timings to get the most out of a machine. You might save a little with cheaper RAM, but your performance will suffer at stock speeds.

Just MHO.
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18 Apr 2010   #33
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I have also had bad experiences with Kingston.
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19 Apr 2010   #34
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I assume you are going to use existing hard drives and optical drives, so your main considerations are the compatibility of your existing case, existing power supply, new motherboard, new RAM, and new processor.

Slow down until you have confirmed the compatibility of all of these parts.

The Gigabyte motherboard is mATX (Micro ATX). Do you currently have a mATX case and motherboard? Or do you have a standard ATX case and motherboard? As far as I know, most mATX motherboards will fit in a standard ATX case, but I don’t know if there are exceptions to that rule. Is there any particular reason you have chosen a mATX motherboard?

You have to confirm whether or not you need a new power supply. You likely don’t for purposes of power requirements, but you may still need a new one to have the proper connectors for the new Gigabyte motherboard.

The Gigabyte motherboard has built in audio and video, so you won’t have to use your existing sound or video cards. The 661 processor also has video built in to the processor itself, so you should not have to rely on the motherboard video.

Here is a note from the specification tab on Newegg’s site for this motherboard:

“Memory standard: DDR3 2200*/1800/1600/1333/1066/800. To reach DDR3 2200 MHz and above, you are required to use with Intel Core i7/Core i5 CPU without HD Graphics and install a discrete graphics card. When using Intel Core i5/Core i3/ Pentium CPU with HD Graphics, the maximum memory speed supported is 1666 MHz.”

Given that, I would probably buy 1066 speed RAM, maybe 1333 if you had extra money. The difference in performance is minimal.

For now, I would concentrate on your case and power supply to determine if the new mATX motherboard will fit properly in the case and to determine if your existing power supply will connect to the new motherboard. My guess is that your case will be OK, but I’m not sure about the power supply since it is now powering a P4 processor and motherboard and may have incompatible connectors.

What details can you provide about the existing case? Brand? Model number? External dimensions? ATX? mATX? Same questions for the power supply?
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19 Apr 2010   #35
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Can you take pictures of the inside of the case and the current motherboard?

also pictures of the info on the Power Supply (clear enough to read). There should be an information sticker on the Power supply.
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20 May 2010   #36
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Sorry its taken so long to get back to this thread, Ive purchased the Intel i5 661, the mobo GA-H55M-USB3 and the kingston ram.

I built it up myself everything seems to fit and be in the right spot. Although the windows 7 wont install. It has a few problems that i cant figure out, did i forget something? Ive reset the BIOS ive tried IDE and ACHI and the IDE seems to get further.

Should i have done something at the first start up, i built it then just powered up just lkike normal and put windows 7 disc in.
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20 May 2010   #37
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rookki View Post
Sorry its taken so long to get back to this thread, Ive purchased the Intel i5 661, the mobo GA-H55M-USB3 and the kingston ram.

I built it up myself everything seems to fit and be in the right spot. Although the windows 7 wont install. It has a few problems that i cant figure out, did i forget something? Ive reset the BIOS ive tried IDE and ACHI and the IDE seems to get further.

Should i have done something at the first start up, i built it then just powered up just lkike normal and put windows 7 disc in.

The AHCI/IDE choice shouldn't be a showstopper. I use IDE.

Does everything look OK in the BIOS as far as you can tell: you can read your fan speeds, all of your RAM is shown correctly, your hard drives are shown correctly, processor is identified correctly, etc?

If you have a retail upgrade or a retail full version of Windows 7, the standard procedure is to go to the BIOS and set it to boot from your DVD drive first and save the BIOS settings.

Exit the BIOS and shut off the PC.

Start the PC.

Put the Windows disc into the DVD drive.

Reboot.

The PC should attempt to start from the Windows disc and you should come to a menu where you have to make a choice of some kind.


Can you get that far?
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