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Old 10-30-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Ivy Bridge motherboard recommendation

Hi,

I need to build a few office computers and thought I may aswell put the latest CPU in there, even though it is very unlikely they will be stressed out. Usual office work, no gaming/rendering/cad etc.

So firstly instead of making a new thread, should I just go for a sandy bridge CPU and forget about Ivy bridge?

and secondly shall I go for a H61 chipset motherboard. It seems to be the most basic motherboard (which I have used for sandy bridge builds before) which should be fine as I don't plan to overclock or do anything fancy, or shall I spend the extra on a Z77 chipset motherboard?

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:05 PM   #2
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Z77 is definitely unnecessary for your goals. If an H61 has all the features you need at a price you're comfortable with, go for it. As far as I know, you can get one with USB 3.0 and PCI-E 3.0 support.

I would recommend going with an Ivy Bridge i3 though, for the HD4000 graphics and lower power consumption.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply,

I believe it does, and looks like the Ivy Bridge processors will be fine.

I plan to use this motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/393399-asus-p8...-p8h61-mx-r2-0 unless someone can see a problem with it?

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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or this as it has USB3

http://www.ebuyer.com/392930-asus-p8...-p8h61-mx-usb3
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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Take a look at the B75 motherboards. I always forget about that series. I think that is your best bet if you're going to go with Ivy.


Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157335
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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They don't have the one you linked to...but I found this and looks good http://www.ebuyer.com/351614-gigabyt...rd-ga-b75m-d3h

Last question, do you think the extra on the i5 is justified compared to an i3?

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Old 10-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #7
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Unless you're doing some super-intensive Excel work, the i3 will be plenty powerful.

If there is money leftover in the budget, grab a small SSD. That will give you the most improvement per dollar/pound.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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Hi,

New possible option. I could give my current i7 LGA 1366 2.67GHZ (6GB ram) system to the accountant and I could take the Ivy bridge system. But would that be a worthwhile swap on my behalf? If so what motherboard would you recommend? One would some bells and whistles

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:29 AM   #9
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The only thing I would caution you about is the lack of legacy support on Ivy Bridge mobos. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing, but I was surprised when I upgraded my own system and found I could no longer plug in one of my older 100 GB IDE drives since there are no IDE headers on the motherboard. I also couldn't plug in my floppy drive (same reason), although I can't remember the last time I had actually used a floppy. And finally, my old 1394 (firewire) video camera now can no longer transfer digital video to the new comp for lack of a 1394 header.

Obviously, a bit more planning on my part would have been beneficial. But if you are building from scratch, I just paired a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H mobo with an i5 3570K at 3.4GHz. That combo gave me the most bang for my buck. The Gigabyte comes with easy to use overclocking tools if you want to jack it up some more.

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:01 AM   #10
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Most of the legacy ports omitted from newer motherboards can be fixed by USB-to-xxx adapters and/or PCI/PCIe adapters. Granted, not as elegant as on-the-mobo, but still functional.

I now have a USB floppy drive, USB DVD burner and USB card reader. Rarely do they even get taken out of their storage drawer.

Strangely enough, my Gigabyte H77 motherboard still has parallel and serial port slots on the motherboard. I really can't recall the last time I used a parallel or serial device.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #11
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Did you say you do autocad and render. If so i3 wont be fast enough.

If you do Premiere or autocad indeed, then I would consider a FX-8350 8 physical cores.

It would be the cheapest route and best bang for buck. With a 120 dollar mobo 200 for cpu thats 320 dollars.

Anyhow not to go off topic,,, If your gonna go budget and buy a H61, but as gurus said, make sure it has usb 3.0 and sata 3.0 and pcie 3.0

H61 mobo 120 dollars
Sandy 2600k 260 to 280 dollars. thats 400 dollars...

With 8 threads it will kick butt whatever you throw at it. Renders really fast. gl


Do you even read the posts that you reply to?

His original question was in regards to "Usual office work, no gaming/rendering/cad etc. "
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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All helpful information! I think I'm just going to keep my i7 1366 and get the accountant the i5 ivy bridge with a budget motherboard and a SSD, that will keep her quiet lol

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:56 AM   #13
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For office work H61 + G2120 is more than enough. i3 is really not necessary. I'd even consider G530 or similar CPUs.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #14
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In the end I want for the Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard with a i5 3570 cpu and a samsung 830 128gb ssd.

Overkill I know but the boss said get the fastest thing you can and for the sake of 100 go with the i5 rather than i3 or less.

Any special install tips for the ssd or just put in windows 7 and go? Will be a fresh install.

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