Which motherboard would be best for quad-core i5

By andoyan ยท 15 replies
Apr 14, 2011
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  1. hello All,
    mI am looking to built a desktop, I am looking to get a i5 quad cheapest, as for motherboard which asus or compatable motherboard would be the best for this cheapset, as for ram I am looking for 6-gig upgratable to 12 gig.
    thank you for all your help
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    If you want to run a LGA1156 i5, or the new Sandy Bridge i5 LGA1155, you'll be using dual channel RAM.

    We need to know which CPU chipset your going to use first, and where you are in the world as it makes a difference as to which is best (as price is a factor).

    Generally speaking you only see 6/12GB RAM combinations when used with chipsets (LGA1366 i7 for example) that support triple channel RAM.

    The chipsets you are considering do not support triple channel RAM, so you will most likely be upgrading in the 4/8/16GB categories. To be fair, 8GB is plenty for even the most powerful of gaming PC's currently, and you'll rarely need more unless your intended usage is for specialist tasks.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Also, i5 only supports dual channel, so that'd be 4GB or 8GB most likely.

    EDIT: hey I liked those four steps :(.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    LOL, yeah me too (I guess your referring to my PC build advice), except for the fact the OP is only asking about the motherboard, and not advice on building a PC, so kinda made me look a fool > hence the super quick edit. :D
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Well the OP does say that s/he is looking to build a computer.
    FYI we can probably help with that, and it seems you will probably want help ^^.
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    99% of the time I'm beyond help to be honest! :haha:

    But its more advice on a suitable i5 motherboard, than build advice directly > They've explained they're getting a new computer, but the request is for our opinion on a suitable motherboard only.

    Glad you liked my 4 steps though. :D
  7. andoyan

    andoyan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Which motherboard would be best

    I am in united states, The desktop i am trying to built would be used for my business, what i mainly want is a quality motherboard with Intel cheapest, I figured since I do a lot of data processing I5 processor would be a good choice with a 6 gig ram with a capability to go up to 12 gig!. what is your openion regarding my choices?
    thank you for your help.
  8. sonicblast

    sonicblast TS Rookie

    Just get a Mac, its really cheaper in the long run
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145


    And as we already mentioned, you don't want 6gb/12gb of RAM, you want 4gb/8gb of RAM.
    I personally think it could help to have a more detailed explanation of uses for the computer, no pressure though.
  10. sonicblast

    sonicblast TS Rookie

    I know from experience. The time I wasted and money spent on a PC motherboards cost me way more than the most expensive Mac. I would be better off flipping burgers and saving for a Mac than wasting the time I spent configuring, fact finding, researching, and chatting on forums. That ish adds up. I rather be making money. Time is money. Mac is money, but I don't need to waste time with it so I can just make money. I not going to drive around in a beater and fix every little issue when I can drive a new car with warranties. I'm not going to buy cheap vodka and get a killer hang over when I could have just gotten some grey goose and been able to goto work the next day. Cheap is expensive. And I don't like to live beyond my means.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Agreed you can really screw stuff up if you don't know what you're doing.
    Luckily I'm learned enough to not do that, and luckily there are forums with knowledgeable people eager and willing to help.
  12. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    6GB, or even 12GB would be very odd on a dual channel setup - i5 uses dual channel, so its 8GB, or 16GB recommended - its important you understand this, and that the RAM needs to be on the QVL (Qualified Vendors List) for the motherboard you purchase:

    I highly recommend you move over to Sandy bridge, the very latest i5 LGA 1155 processors:

    This appears to be a fairly good deal from newegg.com, for cpu and motherboard bundle: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622006

    The motherboard in the bundle above can handle upto 32GB, which is more than enough for any possible scenario using this motherboard. You must use dual channel kits, or a matched quad stick set, not triple channel RAM.

    For 8GB I recommend (if you want 16GB order two lots):

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B, on newegg.com @ $100.99

    MSI's support website seems to be down at the moment so I can't confirm these RAM sticks are on the QVL, but given they're certified as good for Sandy Bridge I'm sure they'll be fine.
  13. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,067   +427

  14. andoyan

    andoyan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Building a PC for business

    Hello All,
    i am looking to built a PC for my business, i am looking for advice and help please.I like to use a I quad process, with a Ausus motherboard, with minimum 8gig of ram, and 1 gig of video card, DVD/CD RW and Blue RAY/DVD combo I don't know what tower would be suitable for this unit also since I have some old programs should i purchase the windows 7 pro, since it allows programs with 32 bit to run?. my budget is $800-$1000, not counting the monitor. lastly dose it mater if I use i7 cheap set insted i know that then i have to use either 6 or 12 gig ram!
    Thanks for all your help.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,526

    As usual, I have to caution you that I don't speak "Andoyan" as a second language.

    The issue you're attempting to describe with memory is this, if you decide to use a Core i7-9xx series CPU, they only work with an X58 (Intel) chipset. X58 is >> triple channel RAM, as opposed to the much more common >> dual channel<<. This is why the "6 or 12GB" issue comes up. You would need the extra sticks to fill in the extra, (third channel) sockets..

    Arguably, you should also take a look at the new Intel "Sandy Bridge" offerings also. These are dual channel RAM chipsets, (currently all dual channel RAM, socket 1155), so 4 or 8 GB would be appropriate for use in these.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Well at least by ditching your old thread, you took my advice about asking for help for the entire computer as opposed to just the motherboard.
    Though I'd still like to know what you want to use the computer for, as it seems unnecessary to spend $1000 on a business computer that doesn't really need much. Imo, an ssd and cheaper parts would be better.

    And no you should use windows 7 64 bit.

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