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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-13-2020, 04:57 PM - Thread Starter
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Trying to PC GAME, Picked Up A Xeon E3 1230v2, NOW WHAT?

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Hello All,

I am tech savvy but new to PC building/gaming and have never put together a PC before. I bought a used Xeon E3-1230v2 for $25 but I am having a devil of a time finding a good motherboard for it(read: cheap) so would appreciate some help.

On ebay there are Dell lga1155 mobo's for $15 but all the Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, MSI are $75+. I guess I'm wondering why would I spend $75+ for a Mobo when I can get one for $15?


Appreciate any and all input on this!

Phabeon

P.S. In case anyone is wondering. Here is my Build.. not sure why I can't BOLD or add HYPERLINKS?

CPU: Xeon E3-1230v2
MOBO: absolutely no idea, HELP!
Memory: G.Skill DDR3 1600 8gb x2
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GPU: R9 290 or RX 580, that I scored for $50 and $80 respectively, thoughts?
Case: Cougar MX330-G or a Sama Tank RGB - each one is $60, but Sama seems the better buy, 3 fans+RGB
PSU: BE QUIET! PURE POWER L8 700W, Will this work? have this sitting at home brand new..
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The flexibility, features, and robustness of the board are going to be the biggest differences

Dell motherboards often have unique pinouts for power, for example, most do not use a standard 24-pin power meaning you either need a dell specific power supply or an adapter

The Dell BIOS are often locked out or just limited, so you likely won't be able to overclock or possibly even have support for RAM profiles/settings among many other things

Dell boards are meant to run at stock settings so they don't have the best power delivery and layout, so you may be limited to overclocks and overall longevity of the board. and many often use a lower grade chipset so you may have less USB/SATA/etc ports

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Quote: Originally Posted by deafboy View Post
The flexibility, features, and robustness of the board are going to be the biggest differences

Dell motherboards often have unique pinouts for power, for example, most do not use a standard 24-pin power meaning you either need a dell specific power supply or an adapter

The Dell BIOS are often locked out or just limited, so you likely won't be able to overclock or possibly even have support for RAM profiles/settings among many other things

Dell boards are meant to run at stock settings so they don't have the best power delivery and layout, so you may be limited to overclocks and overall longevity of the board. and many often use a lower grade chipset so you may have less USB/SATA/etc ports

There is a lot more to it than that, but that's a quick rundown
Incredible breakdown.. thank you for that!

So basically pay $15 or less for a Dell MOBO, but most likely will need adaptors for PSU, can't overclock and will have less USB/SATA ports to work with.

Or pay $80+ for a top of the line MOBO with more robust features..


Question remains however, if I go the more robust route, what MOBO do yall recommend?

i.e. how do I narrow it down as there are literally dozens and dozens for the lga1155 socket that my CPU uses.

?

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Given you can't really overclock the CPU you bought, it really won't matter too much. It's going to matter more how many drives and whatnot you need.

I'd opt for non-dell just for the better bios features and standard ports but up to you.

I'd likely just grab whatever ASUS/Gigabyte/MSI/ASRock/Supermicro board that fit the budget

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get a decent motherboard and force highest turbo multi for that non oc-able cpu so atleast you can have some performance. Stay the hell away from a dell mobo. i can understand trying to be cheap, but dont cheap on a mobo or psu...... ever

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Quote: Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post
EVGA Z69 brand new still in box....1 day left current bid is $50!!!!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-Z68-SL...4AAOSw9tFeF1qC
ha!! was actually bidding on that one but got SNIPED in the last 2 min's..

But probably a good thing now that I am more learned about these things.. aka z77 is the way to go!
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I would pick up a Z77 or Z68 board. you should be able to force the 35x multi on all cores then use FSB to like 105-107 and have a slight OC on the cpu.
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get a decent motherboard and force highest turbo multi for that non oc-able cpu so atleast you can have some performance. Stay the hell away from a dell mobo. i can understand trying to be cheap, but dont cheap on a mobo or psu...... ever
ok, you guys convinced me, the $15 Dell mobo is out. Are we at least in agreement that my BE Quiet L8 PSU is good enough?

Cuz that will save me some coin there which I can direct towards my MOBO, thinking $100 MAX for a better mobo!

QUESTION: Since my Xeon is lga1155 socket is that my stop gate? aka no matter what MOBO i get for use with my Xeon I probably wont' be able to use modern, faster, better processors right?
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You're limited to 1155, so no modern processors. But there are other processors that are better than that xeon in terms of gaming.

I also wouldn't spend more than $50 on a mobo, it's a very dated platform at this point.

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