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I'm throwing together a simple office rig for work and am wondering if this will get the job done. It's nearly free with the purchase of an i3.

Is this a suitable board? I just don't want to buy something that is going to give me headaches.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/377387/GA-H61M-DS2_LGA_1155_H61_mATX_Intel_Motherboard

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I'm throwing together a simple office rig for work and am wondering if this will get the job done. It's nearly free with the purchase of an i3.

Is this a suitable board? I just don't want to buy something that is going to give me headaches.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/377387/GA-H61M-DS2_LGA_1155_H61_mATX_Intel_Motherboard

Thanks!

There are 3 things of note with that H61 board:

1) Depending on the motherboard's manufacturing date (before March 2012), the BIOS may not have out-of-the-box support for Ivy Bridge chips. If so, a BIOS update would have to be undertaken with a Sandy Bridge chip temporarily installed first. Presumably all the old stock of pre-Ivy boards have been exhausted, but it's still worth mentioning.

2) The H61 chipset doesn't have any SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports, so SSD performance will be limited to almost half-speed.

3) Assuming that you're going to use the integrated graphics and not a discrete GPU, be aware that it only has 1 video output (VGA) and make sure that your monitor supports that interface.

If any of those issues are too troubling, the least-expensive chipset that would alleviate them is the B75. A couple of comparable Gigabyte models would be the GA-B75M-D3H and GA-B75M-HD3, both of which have guaranteed Ivy Bridge support, one SATA-III port, and HDMI/DVI/VGA video outputs. Both models are available at Microcenter.
Edited by svenge - 3/19/13 at 5:20am
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