samm Posted April 12, 2009 Share Posted April 12, 2009 (edited) What do I look for in a "solid" motherboard that would (hopefully) let me do this? A C2D one that says it's i7 cpu compatible or some kind of power-rating or connections or ...? Yes, I'm a dufus. C2D/Q and i7 are inherently incompatible, they have a different pin layout, thus requiring different sockets, and the i7 has a memory controller included, which is on the mainboard for the C2D/Q.So solid means: Is running stable under any cicrumstances, can handle CPUs with high power consumption, has a long warranty, good driver / BIOS support from its manufacturer, has a good layout (i.e. memory slots and CPU socket are far enough from each other that massive CPU coolers don't deny access to the memory slots, PCI-e x16 for the graphics card is placed in a way that the graphics card won't block access to memory, SATA connectory, CMOS switch / jumper, or the mainboard's battery etc.), doesn't provide performance bottlenecks, doesn't waste power etc., depending on your preferences. Check the following things to find out whether your motherboard of choice is a good choice: Reviews, for performance, also layout etc. Official (mobo-manufacturer's) website for compatibility with high power using parts (currently the i7 965 XE processors), BIOS updates, date of provided drivers Vendor's website for customers' ratings, details about the warranty etc. The gamble is always frustrating, yup....w/the i7's out the C2D will get cheaper and cheaper if you wait 3-6 months. But in 6 months, there's another reason to wait, and so on...bah. Yeah, I've got the same problem too, currently... Of course, it's never possible to prepare optimally, for example, if you'd follow the steps detailed above for every part in your PC, you'll have a year to decide on the parts, and until then, new parts are available etc. Edited April 12, 2009 by samm Citizen of a country with a racist, hypocritical majority Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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