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Recommend a MoBo?


OK, so I know this is a really open question, the variety is wide, let's try to narrow it down:

PC is to be "GP", i.e. not dedicated to a specific purpose. I am not a gamer. Board <= R 1.5k

1. I need to be able to buy this online (e.g. from Prophecy etc.);
2. Support for Core i3/5/7 (intend using a mid-range Core i5 with Intel HD video)
3. Support for USB 3.0 and at least 2x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, 2x SATA 3 Gb/s ports
4. On-board graphics acceptable as a start.
5. Four memory slots (intend starting out with 4GB)

Anything from Intel that fits the bill? Others? (Gigabyte/Asus?)


Stumped?  ???

Intel "Bearup lake" maybe? By the lack of responses it could be much of a muchness I suppose.

Maybe you must clarify which one you look to go for

i3 LGA1156 or LGA1155
i5 LGA1156 or LGA1155
i7 LGA1156 or LGA1366

Which one you looking for?

You can look at these (All Sandy Bridge):
Asus P8H67-M Pro
Asus P8H67-V
Asus P8H67-M Evo

Intel H67BL Bearup Lake
Intel H67CL Cold Lake
Intel H67GD GardenDale

Well LGA1155 is the newest platform and has a couple of advantages over the older generation and most appealing to me was the energy consumption.

I bought a Intel Gardendale B3 (this is the new one with the fix) Mobo with a Core i5 LGA 1155 2500k CPU, 4GB of RAM and 430w PSU from RebelTech (no affiliation) and used and old case, DVD-Rom and HDD that I had laying around and I'm happy as can be!
Integrated HD Video is sufficient for my needs and Audio works just as well.
At times this small beast outperforms my Core i7 LGA 1366 920!
Only when it comes to CPU intensive multi-threading applications does the i7 920 beat it.

If you are budget conscience I would suggest you stick to the Core i5 LGA1155 setup with a entry level i5 2300 CPU, these systems have more than enough power for the average user.

The i3 in LGA1155 is fairly new and I have not seen a system with it yet.

Brilliant stuff, thx guys!

As in my first post, I am also aiming for an i5, glad to know that this solution works nicely. I have an Antec case and a 400 W PSU, and I have an unused ITB HDD. I also plan to use 4GB of RAM and integrated video and audio.


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