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What mobo (chipset) to get?

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A buddy of mine is upgrading from a Phenom II X4 4hgz.
He wants to get a good CPU, so i recommended a i5-3550, because they're relativly cheap and do about the same performance as my 3570k, without the overclock ofcourse.

He has absolutely no interest in overclocking. So would a motherboard with h61 chipset be good in combination with that cpu?
They're the cheapest and thus offer the least features, but he doesn't use most of them anyway.
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Hello! I recommend that you friend get a H77 chipset motherboard. The CPU you plan to get is a Ivy Bridge CPU, and the H61 chipset is originally a Sandy Bridge chipset. Ivy CPUs can work on the H61 chipset, but the usually require the user to do a BIOS update which is not possible unless you have a Sandy CPU available. The H77 chipset will work out the box with your CPU

It also has many other features available that the H61 chipset does not:
- SATA 3 6Gb/s support
- PCIe Gen 3 support
- USB 3.0 support
- Intel Smart Response Technology Support
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology support.

But still the main reason I would go with H77 is because of the BIOS problem. You don't want to get a motherboard and then find out that you need a BIOS upgrade!

Let me know if you have any more questions!
-fishymamba
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Originally Posted by fishymamba View Post

Hello! I recommend that you friend get a H77 chipset motherboard. The CPU you plan to get is a Ivy Bridge CPU, and the H61 chipset is originally a Sandy Bridge chipset. Ivy CPUs can work on the H61 chipset, but the usually require the user to do a BIOS update which is not possible unless you have a Sandy CPU available. The H77 chipset will work out the box with your CPU

It also has many other features available that the H61 chipset does not:
- SATA 3 6Gb/s support
- PCIe Gen 3 support
- USB 3.0 support
- Intel Smart Response Technology Support
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology support.

But still the main reason I would go with H77 is because of the BIOS problem. You don't want to get a motherboard and then find out that you need a BIOS upgrade!

Let me know if you have any more questions!
-fishymamba

Good advice! +rep!
I will let you know if more comes up!
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Samsung 840 Western Digital Green Custom watercooling CPU Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
DELL 1080p IPS 21.5" Logitech K120 OCZ MOD 500W Coolermaster HAF 
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