Originally Posted by SirCR
Since I am a total retard when it comes to picking parts and computer knowledge in general. What motherboard should I pick? I want to keep it rather cheap.
The main question is, where do you live?
If you know any local places that might have some Z68 motherboards still lying around you can snag them for really cheap. I believe the Z68-V Pro (this ones an SLI board) was as low as 50 dollars on sale, and the Z68-V LE (the non SLI version) was lower than that.
If not, you can look around at local stores or maybe online for some basic 1155 motherboard + cpu combo. Maybe if there is a local microcenter near you, i know they have some good deals with motherboard/CPU combo. Recently the i5-3570k was on sale for as low as $170 i believe? But really if youre just looking on the most cheapest i5 to go, i would suggest to go with i5-2390T which is a 2.7ghz CPU with a boost of up to 3.5ghz.
As for motherboard, i personally just stay away from EVGA (because of BIOS issues), go with either Gigabyte (i hear the UD3H, UD5H are great mobos), Asus is also my main personal favorite, because of great Customer Service in my specific location -- i guess im close to an ASUS warehouse or something.... but also (a lot of their higher end gaming motherboards are designed pretty well, arguably a little overpriced... but thats another story
), maybe MSI boards are great budget boards; some stores may even have crazy MSI deals/rebates compared to other brands...but i would honestly IMO avoid the G45 series no matter how cheap they are; i recently recommended it to a friend when i built his rig and he was experiencing the same problem of some weird BSOD/reboot loop (something you want to avoid)... so i think GD65 (the next series above G45) is a much better option. A lot of choice goes into motherboards if youre really picky with designs/color theme, you know...
I generally use this website for "a guide" http://sinhardware.com/index.php/vrm-list
the table is pretty self-forward, im sure you can figure it out.
Also, are you overclocking? And is there a budget to how "cheap" this is? and do you care about running fast RAM speeds?Edited by Aesthethc - 7/15/13 at 3:56am