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Old September 24, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Default Best motherboard for budget i3 upgrade?

I want to upgrade my main family computer which is currently a Q6600 G0, P35 motherboard, 4 GB DDR2 memory, Geforce 8800GTX.

My main objectives with this build are:

1. Quiet operation
2. LOW power consumption
3. Enough power for productivity and very light 1080p gaming
4. Not really interested in much upgradeability, since this should last my family a few years
(by that time, it will be time for a new MB+CPU+RAM)

In other words, I want to go from my 2007-era power guzzler, which has served me quite well I should add, to something which is lean, mean and clean.

I already have the RAM (DDR3-1600) lying around, as well as the PSU, storage and case.

I've decided to go with an i3-3220 and a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 650 1GB. What would be the best motherboard and chipset to go with this upgrade?

In terms of motherboard brands I like Gigabyte, Asus and Intel.

All recommendations are welcome.
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Old September 25, 2012, 01:14 AM
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I like the B75 chipset boards these days. Pretty low-frills, can buy them for $70 if you pricematch, and they're pretty no-nonsense. Your GTX card should slide into one with ease. And they tend to come with PS/2 connectors so you're not forced into doing upgrades on the other stuff such as keyboard/mouse if you don't have USB versions of those.

Another $40-$50 gets you into the Z77 boards.

If you have any PCI cards you want to recycle, the B75 is pretty much a no-brainer (or Q77) because of the native PCI support. Other boards, Z77/H67/H77/Z68 boards use a PCIe to PCI converter chip that is often quite problematic.
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Old October 8, 2012, 03:00 PM
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Core i3 cannot be overclocked, albeit a few multipliers up, 3-4, so any board with 1155 CPU support would do it. It remains for you to see what features you want on the mobo. The CPU you chose is from the Iyv Bridge generation so a board with H77 chipset should do fine. For convenience I would choose something that would allow that Lucid Virtu setup, to use the fixed functions of the on board GPU for video transcoding, aka the Quick Synch function. If you don't have any additional cards to carry with you even a mini ITX setup should work for you like the Asus P8H77-I (97$ on newegg.ca). The stock Intel cooler should do fine for the job.
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Old October 8, 2012, 03:35 PM
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I wouldn't bother with picking a specific chipset if you will be keeping the i3. I would just go for the cheapest mob of you brand preferance with the options/features you want... It will likely be b75 or h77.
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Old October 10, 2012, 05:50 PM
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I would go with a HD-7850 over the GTX-650 TI,They are both pretty close in price ,but the HD-7850 is quite a bit faster then a GTX-650 TI. IMO They both run around $150 to $169 ,but the HD-7850 is worth the extra $15 to $20 in price just looking at the benchmarks.As for as motherboards ASRock makes some good quality motherboards and the price is not bad either.I would go with a 77 board.Gigabyte makes some good motherboards too,My last motherboard was a Gigabyte X-58 UD5 and it has lasted over four years and is still a great motherboard for the i7-920 or any 1366 chip.
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