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need help picking out motherboard and/or processor for my df-85 case

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    need help picking out motherboard and/or processor for my df-85 case


    so i recently purchased the df-85 case for a reasonable price of $80 brand new condition from craigslist, and i managed to fit all of my parts into it without screwing anything up. as i was putting in the motherboard, i noticed that i could put in a larger one, because there were screws for a larger one outside the motherboard. my motherboard only has one slot, and thats for the graphics card, and a small pcie i believe. im planning on doing either crossfire or sli, depending on my future budget, so id really like a motherboard that has enough slots for that. and i recently purchased a pci slot in case i end up buying a new motherboard, that has 6 usb ports sice i have a ton of usb's. i have a 520 watt psu, but may upgrade to a 1000 watt or something once i get the money for it. i plan on having 2 or 3 3TB hard drives, or some SSD's once they get larger, so i want to be able to install them once i get them. i also want it to look nice in my case with the red LED's that the fans give off. im not too sure about a processor, since i dont know much about them, so if anyone wants to suggest and/or explain them to me that would be a great help. any suggestions? thanks.

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    It sounds like the mobo that you have is a micro ATX board, so yes you can upgrade to a full ATX mobo and fit it within that case.

    Unless you plan to do 3 or more high end video cards, you really won't need a 1000W PSU. Just buy a high quality 750W-850W unit and that will easily handle your 2 cards as well as the hard drives that you mentioned.

    As far as CPU's go, Intel is what I recommend to everybody. AMD is simply playing catchup. I'd recommend a core i5 as the sweet spot and has been for some time. The K versions of the chips can be overclocked as they are unlocked. A Core i7 is a stronger CPU than the i5, but could just be considered overkill in most tasks.
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    ok, i honestly am having a hard time trying to understand what youre saying, would you recommend a specific board/ cpu combo?
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    Not necessarily a combo. Mobos can be $80, $180, or $280 depending upon what feature sets you want. We'd really have to have an idea of your budget before we could make any recommendations.
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    im hoping around $100, can go up to $150, possibly 200 for the motherboard. personally i think my i5-2300 CPU @ 2.8GHz is ok, but if i can find a better one for the price range of maybe $300-$350 for the motherboard and the CPU, i would have something to save up for. i could probably afford just a new motherboard and keep my CPU for $150 though.
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    Do you currently have DDR3 ram in your existing box, or will you need to replace that too? Have you considered that in your budget?
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    i hqve 12gb of ddr3 memory currently
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    pparks1? you kinda left me hanging here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by paronomasia View Post
    pparks1? you kinda left me hanging here...
    Sorry, I do volunteer work on the weekend and have been busy working all weekend.

    Here is a combo right in the middle of your price range
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    wow nice pick, do you have anything with more ram slots? i saw some with 8, and i know a motherboard that can hold up to 128gb of ram for a server. is the processor better than the one i currently have? if so, how much better?
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