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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

It's a bit expensive (listed at $250 on Newegg and $290 on Amazon), but I recommend the Fatal1ty X99M Killer from ASRock. This particular board was reviewed by Tom's Hardware in December 2014. It ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

I'm surprised no one has thought to suggest a Skylake based platform. Unfortunately, the CPUs only have 20 lanes of PCI-E, so the second x16 has to come off the PCH, or divide bandwidth in half (PCI-E ...
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Which of these two PC builds would offer better performance?

The i7 5820K would be much faster than the i7 6700K. None of the programs you will use will benefit from an i7 5820K or even an i7 6700K for that matter. An i5 6600K will be enough for what you are ...
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LGA 2011 vs. AM3+

I would actually not recommend either of the platforms that you had in mind, and go with the LGA 1151 Skylake Processors. These require DDR4 RAM and are the newest CPUs that Intel has released. For ...
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Motherboard for the long run, in an otherwise (initially) low-end gaming system

I would say you would be better off building a new computer. Here are the reasons: Your CPU is probably only good for one more upgrade then it can't go any further. With a new build, you could choose ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

I always initially recommend ASUS motherboards because of their build quality and great support among other things. The ASUS Q87M-E/CSM ($130) works with i7/i5 CPUs, 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports, micro ATX ...
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Using Intel graphics but no video port on motherboard

LGA 2011 processors typically don't have built in graphics like lesser models. That said nearly any modern card will quite handle video at up to 60hz at common resolutions. 4K might be tricky, but at ...
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Which of these two PC builds would offer better performance?

Looking over the specs of the 5820K versus the 6700K, notable differences are: Larger cache (15MB vs 8MB) More cores and threads Higher memory bandwidth All of these would probably be of benefit ...
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X99 2011-v3 Motherboard and 128 GB DDR4 RAM Compatibility

You will not be able to use that set of RAM since the CPU doesn't support. Even though the motherboard supports 128GB of RAM, the CPU unfortunately only supports up to 64GB of RAM. The only way to max ...
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Motherboard: Which configurations really matter?

There are many chipsets with the LGA 1151 socket, including the Z170, B150, H170 etc. The only chipset that allows overclocking would be the Z170 chipset, which you should get since you are getting a ...
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Does this CPU fit with the GPU?

Apparently this CPU is a bad combination with my GPU; I have been told that they will not work together. That CPU and GPU will work together just fine. GPU's are designed to be compatible with most ...
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Motherboard for future extensibility

The LGA 2011 platform and the LGA 1151 platform is designed for two different markets. The LGA 1151 is a mainstream consumer socket, designed for CPU's ranging from $100 - $350. The LGA 2011 socket is ...
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Motherboard for work computer with 2-Ethernet ports

MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Here's what you get with a $45.99 price tag: -6 USB ports (4x2.0, 2x3.0) -Compatible with Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / ...
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What's a good PC config based on an AM3 motherboard that won't be bottlenecked?

After seeing @Alpha3031's comment, I checked the Gigabyte site. v3.1 of the board is AM3+, v1.3 is AM3 with this additional note: If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus ...
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Biggest amount of cores on the smallest board

If you are willing to do a bit more work on integration with whatever you want to run, you can try a Parallella board. That gives you a 16 core RISC co processor plus a dual core main processor on a ...
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need a workstation for a memory-bound application as cheap as possible

This fundamentally boils down to a motherboard question - what is the cheapest motherboard that can inexpensively support at least 512Gb RAM. Finding the absolute cheapest would be difficult, but I ...
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Is there a motherboard that supports ARM processors?

It's actually totally possible. AMD was supposed to release dev boards based on their new Opteron A1100 octocore ARM APU, but as you can see, there have been severe difficulties with actually getting ...
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Good CPU to replace my i5 CPU

You seem to have a misconception regarding what is a "better" processor. The i3/i5/i7 structuring is not such that all i7 chips will be better than any i5 or i3 chip, they are generalized and should ...
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Single board computer with 2 GBit ethernet ports

There's apparently NUC style passively cooled machines meant for displays that would work. Discourse uses something very similar internally I've been toying with buying one of these and it probably ...
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ATX LGA1151 Motherboard /w Stability Primary Concern

The ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark I is what you are looking for. It is around $250 but what you are getting is worth the money. First of all, there is a plastic shield on the front for protection against ...
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Using Intel graphics but no video port on motherboard

You may be able to use the video-transcoding capabilities of the Intel integrated graphics, but with no video port on the board, you won't be able to use it to drive a monitor. If all you need out of ...
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Dell Optiplex 3010 - Upgrading CPU

Your motherboard is on H61 Express Chipset. List of compatible CPUs with your motherboard. Highest compatible generation working with your motherboard is Ivy Bridge (3rd generation). I would choose ...
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Quiet desktop PC refresh

Use a tower styled CPU cooler (such as the Hyper 212 Evo) with some quiet fans running at very low RPMs (I recommend the Noctua NF-F12). Use a GPU that has the fans completely OFF when under a ...
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Best case for z170A M7 and Corsair Hydro H100i V2

You are looking for a ATX case. I have a few suggestions for you. Consider the LIAN LI PC-A05FNB or the Antec Sonata Series SOLO II. For comparision I have listed the Fractal Design Define R5, which ...
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Recommend me a powerful graphics card that will work with my motherboard

I recommend the Asus Turbo GTX-1070 8gb. It's the cheapest Asus/MSI 1070 out there, and its blower cooling might actually be of some benefit to you unless you have more fans in your case than the ...
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How to determine if I can just upgrade the CPU or if have to upgrade the whole motherboard?

Sockets are the answer. Generally, modern intel CPUs use sockets in the LGA 11xx format. I don't know what your CPU uses for it's socket, but before you ask: no, you cannot get socket adapters for ...
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Tiny motherboard with full functionality?

To translate your dimensions into normal terms, you're looking for a Mini-ITX (or Mini-DTX) board. I'd recommend the Asus H110I-PLUS/CSM, $86 from Newegg: 6.7" x 6.7" Socket LGA1151 Two RAM slots ...
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NVIDIA SLI Bridge recommendation

The 3 slot model is the one you need. With your hardware combination you will have one empty slot in between the two cards. The 4 slot model is only needed if you have two empty slots in between the ...
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