Hi, bear with me please.........
I have a few questions following up on MB and CPU research you guys have helped with.
The more I look at these items, the more questions I have.
I am upgrading my current gaming/photo editing machine, including MB, memory and CPU.
I have a lot of newb questions, so please read carefully.... there are a bunch in there.
Hopefully someone is bored enough to read this and answer ;)
Ideally I would love a system that could play BF4 (and soon, BF5), and other games at high FPS, and crunch my photo editing quickly. I have very little interest in overclocking.
Good audio would also be nice, but I know a sound card is an option... if there is room for one.
I am using a full ATX case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 so any board should fit.
I could spend weeks looking at every compatible motherboard I have seen online, it's too overwhelming trying to compare. So I have to narrow it down by manufacturer, to even give myself a chance.
From advice here, and other opinions I have come across, ASUS seems to be one of the better brands and I figure that's good enough for me considering it has the features I need.
I am open to other brands still, so I figure I will list the features and maybe get some specific recommendations. ASRock? Gigbyte? They are fine if they have more of the features I need.
- AM3+ FX/Phenom II/etc. (Phenom II for now, FX for later).
- Multiple PCI/PCIe slots for at least 2 cards (video and possibly audio)
- USB 3.0 header for front panel support.
- 6/Gbps SATA
- Good audio (if possible)
- Numerous fan connections
- Those are the obvious things most boards have, but any other features I should look for?
What is the difference between (and what do they mean) AMD 760G and AMD 970?
Is DDR3 240 pin memory going to fit in any DDR3 MB with 240 pin connector? (I see lists of "compatible motherboards" that don't always mention very many MBs).
If I have 8GB (2 x 4GB matching), and want to upgrade to 16, I should use the same brand/model... correct?
I know it would work no matter what I use, but for best performance stay identical? Or is that a myth?
Also, is 3 X 4GB (12 GB) a reasonable option? Only filling 3 of the 4 slots ?
Let's say I have a motherboard advertised as 'great audio', like the Biostar Hi-Fi line... and I have a different motherboard with generic audio on board.
If I plug the same sound card onto each board, will my sound be identical?
I assume the sound card takes over the audio completely.... but... is my sound card getting the best digital audio signal no matter what motherboard I use?
I would love an MB with emphasis on quality audio, but not at the cost of losing other features.
The way I understand things, any lag I notice in games... is either internet or video card..... and unlikely the memory or CPU. Is this correct?
I will be upgrading video card later, but currently it is the best part of my system, lol.
Thanks to anyone who offers answers/advice.
Edited by TNF, 06 October 2014 - 08:17 AM.