Solved choice of motherboard with Intel i3 4150

June 7, 2016 at 01:35:44
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium dual core E6600
i have shortlisted two motherboards for an upgrade to Intel i3 4150
Gigabyte B85M-D3H or gigabyte H -81 Gaming board.

i just want to know which one would be future proof..can last for 5-6 years without much trouble..

my current config is
gigabyte g 41 mt...
Intel Pentium dual core E 6600
2 *4 Ram DDR3

i have three hard disks..the problem in current pc started with installin the third hard drive 2 weeks back...seagate 2 tb..
i had my cpu running at 100 percent while ram was always near 30 only 70 pc free
i had no option it was so slow that i had to restart every time cpu remained at 100 even when i closed chrome and media players ..
i dont need a graphics card when i update as i dont play games..
i only browse and watch full hd videos..and dont like the screen going blank when i turn on full screen for a 1080p after a few mins..

last thing..when i upgrade im currently on win 7 ultimate 64 ..do i reinstall windows with new oard n processor or wont it conflict if i dont...


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June 13, 2016 at 08:04:07
For the 6th Generation Intel you are looking at i3-6100 or 6300. For chipsets there is a significant limitations on the lower end motherboards. I looked up and found that the H170 has many of the advantages of the Z170 (overclockable if you may go with one of the K series i5 or i7's) but the H110 boards are limited generally to slower memory, less memory slots, less SATA and USB ports, limited and slower PCIe paths from the chipset to the motherboard so less and slower features. The B150 has less info on it but appears to be similar. I did not see any H170 boards on Newegg so you may have to wait for the availability or go with the Z170 board for a higher price range.
My latest build (last year) is an i5-4690K with a Gigabytes Z97X-UD3H motherboard, GTX750Ti, OCZ Vertex 460, WD 1TB Black, and 16GB DDR3-2133 and it flys without even overclocking. I would recommend nothing older than a 97 series motherboard at this point and I think that there is an advantage to your getting the Z170 motherboard because of the advantages I listed above and the possibility of upgrading to an i5-6600K or i7-6700K in the future if you needs ever reach that point.
A better graphics card will improve your occasional gaming, improve your HD watching, and open you up to more advances in monitors for the future if that is important to you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#1
June 7, 2016 at 13:46:25
The 100% CPU usage has little to do with your motherboard or CPU or the fact that you added another HDD. My guess is your system is infected or just very poorly configured. You have an older system, that's true, but if it was setup correctly, it should run extremely well. For example, your problems with HD video is because you don't have a graphics card. The integrated Intel X4500 graphics is weak. A cheap video card would easily fix the 1080p problem. And if you were to overclock the CPU plus make sure the CPU & RAM run in sync, you would see a significant performance boost.

Here's a Radeon HD 6450 with 1GB memory for just $20 after rebate:

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

On the software side of things, you should run a deep scan for both viruses & malware, use a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim, manage your startup apps so they don't suck the life out of your system, make sure your the device drivers are up to date, & defrag your drives.

Switching the CPU & board will obviously cost you a fair amount of money, I'm guessing $200 or more, plus Windows 7 will have to be reinstalled due to the hardware change.


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#2
June 7, 2016 at 13:48:59
Here's a couple of charts you can use to check your graphics performance:

http://www.pvladov.com/2015/07/inte...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#3
June 8, 2016 at 00:27:49
sorry didnt add before..
i do have a graphics card a weak one..nvidia ge 210

i never had any malware or viruses.. have cc cleaner installed and a good anti virus..keep my system clean and up to date..
is it some psu issue..
yesterday night suddenly i cudnt find my new hard disk located on my computer and device manager..it says device not connected or other time input output error..

but right now as i type this message i had shut down my pc last night and this morning everythign is fine..that hard disk is accessible and data is being transferred..my worry is ..for how long..im guessing its a power issue or anything else ..


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#4
June 8, 2016 at 13:40:25
HDDs require very little power & your graphics card also requires very little power (approx 30W max). You didn't post any info about your PSU so it's impossible to say if it's a possible problem or not. You also didn't mention which AV program you're running or whether you run deep scans or quick scans.

How often do you run CCleaner? I run it every time I'm done browsing, I'd say at least 5 times a day. Have you used Tools > Startup to manage your startup apps? Keeping them to a minimum will reduce boot time, free up more memory, & make your system perform better.

https://www.piriform.com/docs/cclea...

https://www.winhelp.us/remove-unnee...


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#5
June 8, 2016 at 14:10:34
i run cc cleaner every day..and i have avast free edition..for av
issue is something else...i have been doing all these things for years mate..
i do run deep scans once a week and quick scans every alternate day..

the third hard disk is showing in bios and i can access it for some time..but as i open a file in that hard drive..computer freezes for a few seconds and then its gone...that hard drive just is not connected..thats the issue..

i cant harm the hard drive..ill disconnect it and remove the sata cable..
as for my psu..im afraid its a cheap one...250 to 300 watts..


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#6
June 11, 2016 at 10:02:33
"i have avast free edition"

I suggest you try BitDefender Free Edition: http://www.bitdefender.com/solution...


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#7
June 11, 2016 at 17:13:31
The 2TB drive is undoubtedly a SATA3 drive and your motherboard is a SATA2 board. In theory this should work at SATA2 speeds but this should be better with a SATA3 cord than with a SATA2 cord so it might be worth a try.
Try running Malwarebytes Free Version to pick up on anything that your AV may have missed. No antivirus program can detect 100% of junk 100% of the time. So it is worth the time to do it.
While all riider says that you should be able to get it to work properly for all you are doing is true, I have found that a more modern system DOES work better, Faster, Smoother than the older ones do even with everything perfectly clean (though cleaning will help most machines even if you cannot see it now). I DO recommend a complete new system from scratch for the best performance possible. Whenever you try to use most of your old equipment, you make compromises and many of those compromises will hold you back from getting the performance you are looking for. I have done this in the past and it is not worth it. I am much happier with my systems since I always start from scratch now and choose components by the performance they can give me and the only limit is budget. This way I can optimize the system within the price I am comfortable with at the time. If you are not limited to trying to use your older RAM say, you can choose CPU and motherboard that use the newer or faster memory and you will find that today you can afford much more memory than you were able to back when your old machine was built/purchased. Consider an SSD drive for your operating system and programs and your new large drive for your storage and avoid using any of your SATA2 drives if possible.
After you get the new machine up and running, wipe your old drive and reinstall Windows 7 on it and either use it as a back up machine, give it to family (or church or school that needs it), or sell it on ebay to recover some of the cost of the new machine.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
June 13, 2016 at 00:03:19
i just bought it a fortnight ago..its a seagate barracuda ST2000DM001
along with a 1 tb seagate bought in 2011 and a 250 gb hitachi bought in 2009..

at the most i might give away the hitachi 250
i just browsed some pages and came to a page where it said socket 1150 will be like 775 in just year or two...so if ur like me upgrading from socket 775 board ..its better to invest in 1151 which is the future currently..

To be honest mate..i never had a virus for ages..i always have necessary softwares in place to keep the things clean and system running..

i have 8 gb ram 2 into 4 gb which i feel is enough for the motherboard n processor tat i currently have ..a Gigabyte GA-41 MT and a Intel Dual Core Pentium E6600..

well fingers u said it right..im saving money to buy a motherboard that wud last me 10 years atleast..if everything runs normal..and with which i only need to upgrade processor if need be in the future..so which motherboard processor combo shud fit the bill..
b150 or 110 since im no gamer..just play occasional games and watch full hd videos..and run the pc 24-7 for a week continous..


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#9
June 13, 2016 at 08:04:07
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For the 6th Generation Intel you are looking at i3-6100 or 6300. For chipsets there is a significant limitations on the lower end motherboards. I looked up and found that the H170 has many of the advantages of the Z170 (overclockable if you may go with one of the K series i5 or i7's) but the H110 boards are limited generally to slower memory, less memory slots, less SATA and USB ports, limited and slower PCIe paths from the chipset to the motherboard so less and slower features. The B150 has less info on it but appears to be similar. I did not see any H170 boards on Newegg so you may have to wait for the availability or go with the Z170 board for a higher price range.
My latest build (last year) is an i5-4690K with a Gigabytes Z97X-UD3H motherboard, GTX750Ti, OCZ Vertex 460, WD 1TB Black, and 16GB DDR3-2133 and it flys without even overclocking. I would recommend nothing older than a 97 series motherboard at this point and I think that there is an advantage to your getting the Z170 motherboard because of the advantages I listed above and the possibility of upgrading to an i5-6600K or i7-6700K in the future if you needs ever reach that point.
A better graphics card will improve your occasional gaming, improve your HD watching, and open you up to more advances in monitors for the future if that is important to you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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