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i'm buying a new pc and i don't know which motherboard to pick - motherboard with h77 chipset or a motherboard with b75 chipset.

the b75 is cheaper than the h77.

i'm not going to oc anything, i'm using the computer for gaming and music production.

what is the best choice?
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The two things that H77 has over B75 is the ability to set up a RAID array, and that it has two SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports vs one SATA-III port for B75.

If you're not going to use RAID, and will use at most a single SSD (as HDDs aren't negatively impacted by using SATA-II) then there's no compelling reason to not get the less-expensive B75 solution.
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B75 is Intel's inexpensive business-grade chipset. There's nothing wrong with it, once you understand that it has limited upgradability and zero overclocking capabilities. There are untold millions of desktops from the big-box stores using Intel B75 based motherboards, and they all run just fine.

Things to remember:

- The PCie x16 slot is wired for x8. There is no x16 support on the B75 chipset, it only has 8 total PCIe lanes. If you stick another PCIe card in a slot, the PCIe x16 slot drops down to x4.

- Only two DIMM sockets.

- Only two SATA ports. One for CD-ROM, One for HDD if you like.


If you're going to be getting a decent graphics card, I'd look at buying the cheapest Z77 based board you can find for no other reason than you can get a full PCIe x16 3.0 slot.

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B75 is Intel's inexpensive business-grade chipset. There's nothing wrong with it, once you understand that it has limited upgradability and zero overclocking capabilities. There are untold millions of desktops from the big-box stores using Intel B75 based motherboards, and they all run just fine.

Things to remember:

- The PCie x16 slot is wired for x8. There is no x16 support on the B75 chipset, it only has 8 total PCIe lanes. If you stick another PCIe card in a slot, the PCIe x16 slot drops down to x4.

- Only two DIMM sockets.

- Only two SATA ports. One for CD-ROM, One for HDD if you like.


If you're going to be getting a decent graphics card, I'd look at buying the cheapest Z77 based board you can find for no other reason than you can get a full PCIe x16 3.0 slot.

Greg

i'm going to get the HD 7970.

i don't have enough money for z77 board..h77 will be good?
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B75 is Intel's inexpensive business-grade chipset. There's nothing wrong with it, once you understand that it has limited upgradability and zero overclocking capabilities. There are untold millions of desktops from the big-box stores using Intel B75 based motherboards, and they all run just fine.

Things to remember:

- The PCie x16 slot is wired for x8. There is no x16 support on the B75 chipset, it only has 8 total PCIe lanes. If you stick another PCIe card in a slot, the PCIe x16 slot drops down to x4.

- Only two DIMM sockets.

- Only two SATA ports. One for CD-ROM, One for HDD if you like.


If you're going to be getting a decent graphics card, I'd look at buying the cheapest Z77 based board you can find for no other reason than you can get a full PCIe x16 3.0 slot.

Greg

What?!? You are absolutely wrong on each of those points.

For example, the Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H has four DIMM slots, a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, a SATA-III (6Gb/s) port, and five SATA-II (3Gb/s) ports.

Here's a chart showing what capabilities each chipset actually has:

240876_chipset-chart.png
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I must have been half asleep when I wrote that. The last few B75 boards I looked at only had two DIMM slots, and even that Gigabyte board you listed has 1x 6.0 Gbps SATA port, although it does have 5 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports.

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what about MSI B75MA-E33?

that's the board i'm thinking to buy
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what about MSI B75MA-E33?

that's the board i'm thinking to buy

It looks like that MSI decided save some space by dropping 2 of the SATA-II (3Gb/s) ports, which leaves 3x SATA-II and one SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports on the board. That's still enough ports for a DVD drive, a SSD, and two normal HDDs however.

It also has only 2 DIMM slots, so you'd better buy all the RAM you think you'll need in one go. A 2x4GB kit will be enough for most people. Note that B75 doesn't allow RAM overclocking, so just get a DDR3-1600 kit, which is the fastest speed natively supported.

For $60, it is a pretty good deal for the backbone of a relatively simple build. You can add to it a SSD, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, and a ~$200 video card (perhaps the GTX 660, which had its MSRP drop to $199 last week) for a nice set-and-forget rig that shouldn't need any tweaking in order to perform at its normal rated speed.
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It looks like that MSI decided save some space by dropping 2 of the SATA-II (3Gb/s) ports, which leaves 3x SATA-II and one SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports on the board. That's still enough ports for a DVD drive, a SSD, and two normal HDDs however.

It also has only 2 DIMM slots, so you'd better buy all the RAM you think you'll need in one go. A 2x4GB kit will be enough for most people. Note that B75 doesn't allow RAM overclocking, so just get a DDR3-1600 kit, which is the fastest speed natively supported.

For $60, it is a pretty good deal for the backbone of a relatively simple build. You can add to it a SSD, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, and a ~$200 video card (perhaps the GTX 660, which had its MSRP drop to $199 last week) for a nice set-and-forget rig that shouldn't need any tweaking in order to perform at its normal rated speed.

about the ram..i'm getting two Hynix 4gb ddr3 1600 which is 8gb of ram totally.
one hard drive..2TB from seagate
and HD 7970.

That board will be fine for me?
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about the ram..i'm getting two Hynix 4gb ddr3 1600 which is 8gb of ram totally.
one hard drive..2TB from seagate
and HD 7970.

That board will be fine for me?

Yes, the board would handle that combination quite nicely.
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