Choosing a new LGA 1155 motherboard

March 4, 2013 at 08:13:19
Specs: Win 7
I've decided to replace my motherboard, so I'm going to upgrade
from my current Q9550 CPU to the i7 3770K. I've just begun to
look at what motherboards are available for it.

I intend to do video editing. I haven't ever done intensive gaming,
but that could change once I finally get broadband Internet.

The power supply will be an 850 watt Thermaltake TR2 RX.
Probably overkill, but I have it in hand.
The video board will be a Sapphire HD 7850.

In my first quick look at a few ASUS motherboards, I see they all have
video connectors, including at least HDMI, although the descriptions
and specs of the boards didn't explicitly say they have on-board video.
I want to be certain: Does the presence of an HDMI connector on
the board mean it has on-board video?

Is on-board video a plus or a minus? It seems like one more thing
to go wrong, and it must add a great deal to the complexity and
cost of a motherboard, as well as crowding it. Should I look for
boards which do not have built-in video?

Any suggestions, either general or specific?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
March 4, 2013 at 09:41:47
"specs of the boards didn't explicitly say they have on-board video"

There is no onboard video. The graphics ports are for the GPU that's integrated into the CPU. The i7 3770K has HD Graphics 4000 integrated into it.

http://ark.intel.com/products/65523

Here's more info:

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

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


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#2
March 4, 2013 at 19:48:16
As riider said, it is on the CPU so do not worry about it.
I have found that Gigabyte boards are typically a better value than the Asus boards so look at these also before you decide:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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


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#3
March 4, 2013 at 21:05:26
I saw the Intel specs but assumed the video stuff was something
like MMX (multimedia extensions) on Pentium processors.

You're saying that the CPU can output directly to a monitor??!!
Freaky weird and totally unexpected.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
March 5, 2013 at 20:35:25
The CPU has a GPU core in it. I does the processing of the video, other parts of the motherboard are needed to bring that out to the monitor, but essentially correct. It is of course, not as good as what you probably would purchase in a distinct card, especially for gaming.

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


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#5
March 6, 2013 at 18:10:43
That's pretty cool! I'll be getting a faster, more powerful
processor that uses 20% less power, with a built-in GPU,
for $30 less than my current processor cost!

Any other suggestions or recommendations? The Gigabyte
boards are definitely good candidates.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
March 6, 2013 at 20:47:05
Pick a list of components, list them (including links), and you uses, and we will comment on your choices and make suggestions.

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


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