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#16 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:15

Gigabyte is my preferred pick, but ASUS still very good.

 

You can get Gigabyte bios updates frequently still, there is a forum section dedicated to it online - and indeed very useful.

 

I don't think frequent bios updates is a feature you necessarily want  :laugh: If they have to keep putting out bios updates they are either adding support for new processors or fixing things they broke...




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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:57

they are either adding support for new processors

Therein lies an excellent reason to update the BIOS, thank you for mentioning it. :)



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:05

Therein lies an excellent reason to update, thank you for mentioning it. :)

 

:huh: So I take it you buy a new processor every generation and keep the same motherboard? Otherwise, this would be a completely pointless update at the risk of bricking the board (I'm just kidding, they break compatibility every few generations so at most you'd probably be able to switch only once).



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:12

at the risk of bricking the board (I'm just kidding

I'm glad you're kidding about that. I'm sure you're aware that the risk of doing a BIOS update is minimal these days.

 

Jokes aside, it is a shame we have to update both processor and motherboard (almost) every generation, but I guess we have to take the good and the bad in the same package? :laugh:



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:27

I'm glad you're kidding about that. I'm sure you're aware that the risk of doing a BIOS update is minimal these days.

 

Jokes aside, it is a shame we have to update both processor and motherboard (almost) every generation, but I guess we have to take the good and the bad in the same package? :laugh:

 

Well, I don't think it is purposely done. With Intel you generally have your die shrink generations and your new feature generations. The new feature generation would make it largely impossible to keep the same motherboard (due to chipset and featureset changes) even if they didn't switch up the processor package.

 

Bricking boards can still happen with poorly designed software (here's looking at you ASUS with your Windows flashing utilities that didn't actually work in Vista). But, in general I'd be more worried about the updates breaking things that are working than anything else. 



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:29

That MB handle my processor?

It will swallow any LGA1155 CPU - Z77 is the chipset successor to Z68.

 

The feature gains vs. Z68 were merely one reason for the surge in popularity in Z77, and not even the biggest one - the larger reason was that Z77, feature gains and all, cost no more than Z68, could be a direct swap in Z68-based motherboard designs (in ASUS' own case, the P8Z77V-LX/LK were based on the same PCBs as their Z68 predecessors), and thus could be crossgrades from even P67 without costing a mint.

 

Before the remarkably sane (in terms of launch pricing) arrival of Haswell, I had originally planned on Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge (Z68 or Z77 chipsets, respectively) - letting bang for buck decide motherboard/CPU pairing, as both use the same LGA -- as was the case with Kentsfield/Yorkfield in LGA775.  However, due to issues outside of the motherboard (software, basically), Kentsfield remained viable far longer than expected - despite age AND dead-socket liabilities.  (The biggest dead-socket liability is that this particular motherboard only takes DDR2.)



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:44

What, your i7 motherboard is dying? Did you leave it in a lava bath?
I've got a P5 ASUS board here, absolutely no problems with it at all.

 

I'd recommend an asus board though, but if your i7 board is dying already, RMA it because that is rediculous.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 16:30

decided on gigabyte 

Z77X-UD3H

 

 

Thanks for all the help



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 16:33

decided on gigabyte 

Z77X-UD3H

 

 

Thanks for all the help

Good choice, I have the Z68 (Z68XP-UD3P) version of that which is an excellent board. If it's not already UEFI, get it updated :)



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 17:00

Can I get away with not formating/clean installing windows 8.1 if I install a new MB and Ram?



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 17:04

Yeah should get away with it, as long as you set your SATA mode correctly (preferable AHCI) before trying to boot. If you installed as IDE then leave the BIOS setting as IDE. Do you have Windows 8 retail (home pro, pro, enterprise) or OEM?



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 17:05

Retail.  My Main OS drive is an SSD, everything else is on my NAS.  Currently running 8.1 Pro, non-oem in AHCI environment



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 21:26

decided on gigabyte 

Z77X-UD3H

 

 

Thanks for all the help

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