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Which Motherboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lth17, Aug 8, 2019.

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  1. Lth17

    Lth17 Thread Starter

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    So I’m building a gaming PC, and I have an OEM motherboard in my Dell Optiplex 990, and I’ve upgraded everything I can with the money I have (600 W EVGA PSU, GTX 970, 16 GB DDR3, 512 GB SSD, i5-2500k). But when I bought a new case (ViVo Mid Tower Computer Case) the pinouts for the power switch and leds didn’t match the motherboard, so I set it aside for now. I was okay with using the old case, until I installed my GTX 970, and had to remove a SATA cable because it kept the GPU from being fully installed. So, now I am trying to find another motherboard that will support my processor, which is an LGA 1155 socket, will allow my GPU to fit without interference with SATA ports, supports DDR3 ram up to 16 GB, USB 3.0, and fits in ATX or ITX cases. Any ideas?
     
  2. crjdriver

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    New socket 1155 boards are getting pretty rare and or VERY pricey. Newegg still has some new asus boards listed however NOT cheap;
    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813131837
    Just my opinion however you are wasting money investing in what is now over 8yr old tech. Much better to purchase a modern motherboard, ram, and processor however up to you.
     
  3. Lth17

    Lth17 Thread Starter

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    What would you suggest is the cheapest and best route for upgrading my MOBO, CPU, and Ram, so that I can still use my new case, and other parts?
     
  4. crjdriver

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    OK, you need to understand something; cheap and gaming system do not go well together. Gaming is stressful and using cheap parts is asking for a problem.
    With a budget of $500 or so, you can get a decent asus board, amd 2700X and 16gig of ram. You can use your old video card and those parts will fit a standard atx case.
    Note if you intend on overclocking, go with a high end liquid cooler and add $100~120 or so. If you want to just run at stock speed, the amd cooler will work fine.
     
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  5. fork114

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    I agree with crjdriver for the most part, that amds upgrade path is a great choice for gaming, however I feel if you were to have a budget of 500$ you do not need a 2700x as that is overkill unless you plan to pair it with a better gpu. In that same price range you can comfortably build a ryzen 2400 or even 2600 system with 16gb ddr4 and leave your self enough cash to grab a gtx 1660 or an amd Rx 580 which will both out perform the 970, and stay relevant for a few years.
     
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