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Need Advice on Choosing an Intel Motherboard and CPU


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#1 Sunharrow

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

My current system is an aging socket 939 system that is 6+ years old. It has served me well but I need a serious new everything. Though I have kept updated on hardware over the years it has been some time since I built an Intel system.

Here is what this system will be used for: Gaming, Online Gaming, Word Office, video streaming, some video rendering, email, internet, and anything else I can think of. It will be used both for my home office as well as personal use.

Now I realize that if one waits to jump in when it comes to PCs then one will wait forever. However, I'd like to be more on the beginning of something rather than the end. What I mean by this is that when I built my current socket 939 little did I know that it would be soon phased out as both AMD and Intel were about to release (then) new processors, etc.

* So what Intel CPUs and motherboards do you recommend? The motherboards are where I really need the advice with memory suggestions as well. I do not need all the bells and whistles; I do not overclock. USB 3.0 would be a plus. So far from what I have been reading Ivy Bridge may not be that much of jump from what Sandy Bridge offers but of course we are going to have to wait a little longer for solid information when IB is released and tested.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by Sunharrow, 12 April 2012 - 04:48 PM.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:22 PM

For the Intel setup, i would suggest a i5-2500 and P67 chipset motherboard because it doesn't include the integrated graphics which is not needed. For the AMD setup, i would go for a FX-8120 and either a 970 chipset or 990FX chipset if your gonna use multi-gpu.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:41 AM

For the Intel setup, i would suggest a i5-2500 and P67 chipset motherboard because it doesn't include the integrated graphics which is not needed. For the AMD setup, i would go for a FX-8120 and either a 970 chipset or 990FX chipset if your gonna use multi-gpu.


So what happens if his GPU goes out and he has to RMA? He'll be out of a computer till the situation is resolved
Since it is both for work and play I'd recommend either a Z68 or Z77 chipset which don't need a discrete video card and combine with either an i5 2400 or 2500, if you like to overclock 2500k
But most importantly a budget would help in making recommendations, finally is monitor included?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:19 AM

The Intel integrated GPU's are a step above junk. They are great if you are just going to need to do general PC tasks while you wait for a GPU replacement. Alternatively, an APU-based system could work, but until Trinity, you are stuck with the K10 architecture. Most gamers have a backup GPU, typically a leftover from an upgrade. Until the Sandy Bridge and Llano CPU's, most performance PC's didn't have integrated graphics, only the cheap mainstream desktop PC's had a poor GPU soldered onto the board. In all fairness, I only ever had one GPU actually fail, and that took five years. It was an old GeForce FX.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:49 PM

The Intel integrated GPU's are a step above junk. They are great if you are just going to need to do general PC tasks while you wait for a GPU replacement. Alternatively, an APU-based system could work, but until Trinity, you are stuck with the K10 architecture. Most gamers have a backup GPU, typically a leftover from an upgrade. Until the Sandy Bridge and Llano CPU's, most performance PC's didn't have integrated graphics, only the cheap mainstream desktop PC's had a poor GPU soldered onto the board. In all fairness, I only ever had one GPU actually fail, and that took five years. It was an old GeForce FX.


The on board GPU is simply a back up, just in case. The PC is also for work and not just gaming, in case you forgot what he said, so you always play it safe and have a backup to safeguard your livelihood

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:38 PM

If the OP was really serious about safeguarding their livelihood they would have duplicates of every computer part inside the case... just in case. The point is, the GPU will most likely not fail until well beyond the upgrade date for the CPU and GPU. That is, unless the OP takes the traditional business model when it comes to computers and not update anything, even the OS, until it breaks, well beyond the point of being obsolete. Alternatively, the OP can also buy a dirt cheap GPU (Newegg has open box specials for GPU's that go as low as $15) in case it breaks. Aside from that one example above, I've never had GPU's break, I have had a PSU and motherboard fail though.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

Well this OP is certainly one who updates as needed. My current 939 which I realize is quite old has had upgrades of video card and processor (from single core to dual-core). But like many business end users "if it ain't broke don't fix it" applies here as well. :) Budgets dictate this because otherwise I would build new every two to three years.

And as DJBPace07 points out I have yet to have a GPU fail on me except once and that was an Asus years ago(and I learned from trying to deal with Asus and their failed hardware to be a nightmare). Besides, I do have extra parts if I need them.

* Since it was asked of my what budget would be let's say $500 max for both motherboard and processor; if you also have memory suggestions that would fit within that budget please include as well). And to repeat: I do not overclock and I do not need all the bells and whistles. But I do want a quality product.

Thanks again.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:03 PM

DJBPace07, You've been lucky!

I've replaced many dead Video cards. Due to either the GPU fan died and the card fried or Bad video memory or Bad capacitors.

I recently repaired the one in my one Workstation that had bad capacitors.

Actually if the OP or anyone else has a need for the computer to have a 100% uptime they need at least a spare with the same programs and a current backup of important data.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

Don't jinx me Rotor! :-)

That was an old GPU and the fan died, I simply replaced it. I've owned an equal number of ATI/AMD and Nvidia cards, both have held up well.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

On todays market the best bang for performance in video comes from the 2nd gen Intel I7-2600

Big jump in price would be I7 3930K or I7 3960x

Motherboards available for all three with every bell and whistle you could want.I'd probably go with an ASUS for the last two Processors.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

You would definitely want the 2011 socket processors for video rendering. I've only owned 5 GPUs in my life and none of them failed on me :D Even my first Nvidia 5700LE still in perfect working condition.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:17 PM

Combine this i5 2500k http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 $180
With This Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819 $235
and Ram G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 $60
Total is $475




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