Solved Can you suggest a motherboard/cpu combo?

Dell Xps 8300 mid tower desktop (3.4 ghz...
November 13, 2015 at 17:01:42
Specs: Windows 8.1, Core i7/8gb
I am building(almost) a new computer and I would like to know what motherboard/cpu I would need based on my last motherboard/cpu combo. I used to have an XPS 8300 with a Core i5 2300 Sandy Bridge quad core and I want something faster than what I had but don't really know which cpu would suit my needs. I do some Photoshop/Video Conversion/Office Apps/Audio Conversion/Light Video-editing. The hardware that I had with my XPS computer was: 1tb hybrid drive, Nvidia GTX 750 ti 2gb video card, 1tb internal HD, 2 external HD(USB 3.0), 16gb 1666 memory, 1 external blu ray burner,1 internal CD/DVD/BD Rom, 1 2-port USB 3.0 PCIe card and 1 7-port USB 3.0 hub. All running on a 480w power supply with Windows 7. All of those components are less than 18 months old so I won't be needing anything other than a motherboard and cpu. I purchased a new Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 tower and a Corsair CX850M 850w power supply for the PC I want to build. I have looked at Portatech.com for motherboard/cpu combos but am not quite sure which one to get based on my old 'hardware'. I have looked at AMD 'stuff' because of the 'bang for your buck' angle and I don't want to spend any more than 250.00 to 300.00 dollars. Also will I need any more than just a stock cooling system for the new PC with the new cpu? I know that is kind of vague but I come here because you guys are the gurus and I trust and respect your opinions whenever I have needed assistance with computer issues that I have had in the last 5 years or so. So, I don't really need an 8-core monster for what I do and Intel's 'stuff' is on the high side for me, that is why I am looking at middle-of-the-road AMD hardware. So as always, any and all opinions are greatly appreciated and respected. I hope that I have been detailed enough in explaining my situation. But let me know if I haven't been. I am not a gamer to any degree if that helps any. Thanks.

Loretta

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November 26, 2015 at 19:18:33
All look good, just make sure that look at all features and expansion and make sure that the ones each has makes the most sense to you. Choose accordingly.
I purchased an early version of the motherboard (Version 1.0) I have and it was released actually before my CPU and graphics card so I had to use the internal graphics and flash the BIOS with the latest one to get the graphics to be recognized and get the most out of the newer CPU I had purchased just days after it was released. That was quite a while ago so the version you get should be a later one with a later BIOS. [Mine was shipped with an F4 BIOS and the latest to support the Devil's Canyon was the F7 BIOS. They have now an F9 BIOS but I have no reason to upgrade more at this time]

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November 13, 2015 at 20:59:39
Microcenter Combos with Intel i5-4690K are $300. to $360.'s which will still let you use your DDR3 memory if you have a Microcenter near you. They even allow some flexibility with the motherboards so if you like one brand but they are showing it with their gaming motherboard you can get a similar priced enthusiast motherboard close to the same price.
Consider adding a good SSD drive for Windows and Programs and keeping the HD for the files for even a faster feel. Down the road if you need more speed you can overclock the K series but you probably will not need that for now (its fast). The stock cooler will be fine, especially if you don't overclock it or just a mild OC (I went bigger on the cooler on mine and have not felt the need to OC yet so it runs very cool). I am running mine on a Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H because it had the ports and features I wanted.

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November 14, 2015 at 17:45:23
Hey thanks for the reply. That sounds appealing, but it might end up being a little over my budget. What about an AMD combo? Like an FX 8370? I know that Intel has been faster than AMD stuff for a long time now but they are less expensive and I don't really know how much slower the AMD cpus than Intel cpus in real world applications. How about 'bang for the buck' issues?

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November 14, 2015 at 20:23:46
These may give you some comparisons:
Gaming CPU chart (not gaming but helpful anyway):
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
Photoshop (lower times best):
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/...
Adobe Video conversions (lower time better):
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/...

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November 15, 2015 at 17:31:26
Thanks for the replies and links.Lots of good info there. I am leaning toward the high-end AMD cpu's. It's good value and looks to be within my budget. I want good performance for sure, but the premium you pay for the Intel hardware is too much at this point in time. I have never been one to have to have the best and fastest for any reason. I have read where there are some compatibility issues with the higher-end cpus from AMD..even with supposedly compatible motherboards.So guess I will take a good amount of time researching a good one. Maybe I will look here for motherboards when I make my choice to see if there are issues...if that makes any sense.

Loretta


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#5
November 15, 2015 at 19:46:36
I do not follow AMD too closely but there are many here that do so when you decide on which CPU you are going to go with, select 2 or 3 motherboards and post them here with links and there will be someone who can give you good advice on them.

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November 15, 2015 at 20:54:07
Thanks for the reply.....hey that is great! I respect no one's opinions on tech more than I do you guys here. tante grazie.

Loretta


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#7
November 18, 2015 at 12:28:43
Okay, contrary to what I mentioned earlier about cpu choices, I am going with an Intel Core i5 4690k. I have done some research on it and it looks like a good fit for me. I have looked at the numbers(benchmarks, performance in different areas of computing) and they look pretty good to me. But what I need to make my choice solid is your input. So, and there's no hurry, if you do this I would very much appreciate it. Thanks.

Loretta

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November 18, 2015 at 16:12:18
Here are some motherboards that I have found to go with the cpu.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I got the motherboard recommendations from a site called PCPartPicker.com.


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#9
November 18, 2015 at 19:46:06
First of all, if you ever might want to make use of the overclock options on the CPU then go with the Z97 series motherboards, the H-series chipset does not support this feature.
Second, the Z87 series does not support this CPU properly, with an update of the BIOS it would probably run it but not fully (older chipset) so I do not recommend this.
For direct comparison, I am showing you three Gigabyte motherboards with similar features with some differences:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
The Z97X-SLI would be good if you plan on needing the SLI feature or the M2 option but if you do not need these, you could go with the Z97-HD3 board for a little less. I also listed the Z97X-UD3H which is the one I went with but that one is a bit more but one whose features I wanted.
Asus and others have boards with similar features so certainly look at others, I usually reference Gigabyte because I have been happy with them on a number of builds.
If you go to Newegg and go to Motherboards>Intel, select under Chipset (left side) 'Intel 9 series' drop down and choose Z97 then you will get a lot of options. Then select your price range (left) and possibly other features, and then sort by (top) 'Best Rating' to grade them in order.

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November 18, 2015 at 20:53:32
Thanks for the very informative reply. So, if I choose the Core i7 4790 instead, simply for the hyperthreading capability, would the same motherboards apply?and...I know that I will never be overclocking for any reason in the future. If I do I will just a get a new cpu and whatever else I would need for those purposes. Thanks.

Loretta

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November 19, 2015 at 19:46:24
If you need the hyperthreading then go for it but you are looking at about a $100.00 or more for that CPU.
Yes the same motherboards would apply, the Z97 if you go with the K series for possible overclocking and if not then H97 series motherboards and the non-K series CPU would be fine.
I combined mine with an SSD for Windows and programs and a larger 'Black' series hard drive for storage. Together with a good amount of fast RAM and you have a very fast machine.

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#12
November 21, 2015 at 14:09:55
Thanks again for the very informative reply. I just received the Intel Core i7 4790 cpu and heatsink. For any reason, would I need anything other than the stock heatsink? I will pick out the motherboard(per your suggestion) and send you the link for your opinion and input. Sorry this has been an extended process, but I like to have good information when making tech purchases and this is where I go for.....good information.

Loretta


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#13
November 23, 2015 at 16:26:56
Without overclocking you do not need anything other than the stock heat sink.
If you plan on using it for extended periods of time in a hot environment (hot climate no A/C) then make sure that you have a strong exhaust fan at the upper rear of your case (high CFM's, preferably low Db), no side fan, front intake fan optional if running a hot graphics card or many hard drives.

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#14
November 23, 2015 at 19:27:31
Thanks for the reply. This is all I need to know then with the exception of picking out and purchasing the motherboard. Of course I will need your input when I choose one. This computer will be used in my computer room(plenty cool and warm). I am building this mainly for heavy-duty photo-editing, some light video-editing and lots of multi-tasking. So full-speed ahead! Thanks again.

Loretta


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November 25, 2015 at 10:59:17
One thing thing I neglected say which could become an issue maybe(sorry I forgot to mention it) is that I plan on installing Windows 7 on this pc. I know that I won't have any problems with any of the other components because I didn't have driver problems before with the computer that died. I have had driver problems with my laptop that I upgraded to Windows 10 along with other small annoyances. So, yeah.

Loretta

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November 25, 2015 at 20:39:50
Okay, here are the links to the motherboards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Expr...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

and 1 more:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Thanks in advance for your input!

Loretta


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November 26, 2015 at 13:04:54
I hope everyone here at TomsHardware/Computing.Net had a wonderful Thanksgiving and yes I am thankful for you gurus also!

Loretta


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#18
November 26, 2015 at 19:18:33
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All look good, just make sure that look at all features and expansion and make sure that the ones each has makes the most sense to you. Choose accordingly.
I purchased an early version of the motherboard (Version 1.0) I have and it was released actually before my CPU and graphics card so I had to use the internal graphics and flash the BIOS with the latest one to get the graphics to be recognized and get the most out of the newer CPU I had purchased just days after it was released. That was quite a while ago so the version you get should be a later one with a later BIOS. [Mine was shipped with an F4 BIOS and the latest to support the Devil's Canyon was the F7 BIOS. They have now an F9 BIOS but I have no reason to upgrade more at this time]

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November 27, 2015 at 11:35:33
Thanks so much for the reply. I guess I can continue on with ordering the motherboard and then getting this puppy built. I assume that I will find an upgraded BIOS(if need be) at the motherboard manufacturers' website. Other than that, I can't send enough thanks for the help that you guys have given me in this situation.You guys are absolutely still the cats!!! If I don't get to contact you guys again before the holidays,have a great Xmas and enjoy your families.

Tante grazie,

Loretta


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