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Windows 7: Which Motherboard should i buy?

15 Apr 2010   #1
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 
Which Motherboard should i buy?

Ok so i recently upgraded to windows 7 and like it to much to go back to XP, although there lays the problem my motherboard wont play sound and after figuring out that the motherboard i have doesn't have any drivers to download for audio.

The manufacturer is saying there's nothing they can do about it and is advising me to go back to XP I've decided to upgrade my motherboard yet i have no idea but what specs i need or what means what they all look the same to me lol

So basically i want to play games such as counter strike source. Obviously want a built in sound card and is compatible with windows 7. I also want it to be a descent quality although not extremely expensive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. :]


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15 Apr 2010   #2
z3r010

 

What not just buy a sound card?
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15 Apr 2010   #3
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

First question would be how much you willing to spend?

Or just buy a sound card as John suggests.
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15 Apr 2010   #4
z3r010

 

OK after a little investigation I dont beleive that you cant get drivers for the sound on that mobo.

What version of Windows 7 do you have 32 or 64bit?


Edit - check this thread C-Media 9880 driver for Windows 7
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15 Apr 2010   #5
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

I didnt want to get a sound card cause ive always seen them as "dodgy". I was thinking my motherboard wasnt good enough to run windows 7 on it, as you can see im kind of clueless lol.
Im willing to spend up to $300~ aussie.
I have windows 7, 32 bit.
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15 Apr 2010   #6
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Unfortunately, I don't think you are going to have much luck with finding a suitable audio driver for your current motherboard. You therefore have 2 options. You can either buy a soundcard for your current system (check the manufacturer's website for your chosen card to see how regularly the drivers are updated and if indeed they do support W7). Alternatively, if you go along the route of a new motherboard, I would recommend one that has Realtek as its on-board audio codec. True, some people will disagree with me on the choice of audio, but at least Realtek do update their drivers and they are compatible with W7 (unlike several other manufacturers who don't even support Vista).
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15 Apr 2010   #7
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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15 Apr 2010   #8
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

When i browse motherboards it simple all looks the same i dont know what specs mean or anything. :/

Intel seem like a good brand im always hearing good things, whats the best value for money (not meaning cheap just meaning good for what i spend) one i can get?

Edit: Also are sound cards reliable and hassle free? i just want to listen to my music i dont need some kind of super sound lol
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15 Apr 2010   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Can you narrow it down a bit. Which brand processor do you want to go with? Are you intending on reusing the processor and ram from your current system?
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15 Apr 2010   #10
Rookki

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Can you narrow it down a bit. Which brand processor do you want to go with? Are you intending on reusing the processor and ram from your current system?
Yeah ill just put the motherboard into the setup i got now, would that work? I was thinking of going with intel, i dont know what models i just want to have no lag or no frozen screens. And make sure it lasts for awhile like doesnt out date any time soon.
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