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Need some help choosing a new Mother board for my setup that is compatible.

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#1 cogglu


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 10:18 PM

I recently bought a new Processor, video card, and RAM. The only problem is the processor is way to small for my current motherboard a, MSI X79A-GD45 Plus. Now another issue i am experiencing is that the video card is to big and blocking a piece for the motherboard and it wont correctly snap in place. 


My processor is a, 

Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K


My Ram is, 

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9B


and finally my video card is, 


EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-RX GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Manufactured Recertified 


Please help me out i want to find a nice motherboard that works well and is compatible with these pieces..

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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 06:33 AM

The MSI X79A-GD45 Plus is an LGA 2011 motherboard, so you need to use an LGA 2011 CPU.  The graphics card should work normally in a standard PCI-Express X16 slot.


You can either buy an LGA 2011 processor or buy an LGA 1150 motherboard for the i5.  The LGA 2011 platform is aimed at enthusiasts or workstations.



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Posted 15 October 2014 - 10:43 AM

I'm surprised you are having issues fitting what seems like a fairly standard videocard to that motherboard.  Is it the heat sink or the SATA ports stopping the card going in?  That's the only possibilities I could see on the pictures of the board.


Anyway I think a good standard Z97 board to work with the i5-4690K is the Asus Z97-A which is well reviewed.  You can spend a lot more but most of the more expensive boards are fitted with bells and whistles aimed at extreme overclockers or people wanting to run more than 2 GPU's, more IO chips etc.  If you don't need any of that, it should serve you well.


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