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Looking for a good motherboard model, need suggestions

Hi! Im a complete idiot when it comes to technical terms but im looking for a good motherboard model to upgrade too, hopefully one that supports PCI express 3.0 and my current rig without wasting too much of its potential.
Here are my current specs :
Processor : Intel i5 3470 @ 3.20ghz
RAM : 8gb ddr3 @ 665mhz
Current motherboard : Emax IH61LT icafe
Video card : nvidia gt630 2gb ddr3
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Here's a build list I consider when I shop.

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Long ago there was some testing to see if the motherboard could affect performance and the results were in the 1 percent so I worry when folk change a working motherboard.

Also, we have the other issues that happen such as the Windows license may vanish. Tell more why you are doing this.
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Hardware improvements

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I'm starting to try and upgrade my PC piece by piece, looking for a pcie 3.0 supported motherboard first so I can invest in a better video card later on.
Thank you for the initial reply

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Still worry you will have more issues than you cure.

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The difference of a PCIE 3.0 video card on a 2.0 or 3.0 board won't be a lot. This was tested at Tomshardware so you are talking single digit performance differences.

The biggest complaint I get when folk change boards is what happens to your Windows license. You didn't broach that area and it can cost you.

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A bigger change

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But if I upgrade to windows 8 would that cover the license issues?
Also I'm planning to go from my current GPU to a gtx 970 and that's definitely gonna require something better right?
I'm not quite sure myself sorry.

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But license discussions require a lot of detail. It would not matter so much which Windows but which license. Many are now locked to the motherboard.

As to the 970, that's a nice card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2430785/pci-x16-run-gtx-970-significant-degradation.html is your typical finding.

Sub percent change in performance.


"No single card can bottleneck on PCIE 2.0"

You're chasing a small bump in performance for a lot of bucks.

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Wow, thanks
This actually has answered a lot of my questions
I guess I was asking the wrong questions to begin with but now they all seem to be answered anyway.
Thank you.

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Just re-reading your top post.

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If that is the OS the HP comes with the license dies with the motherboard. I can vet my answer but if you keep the board you are much better off in the wallet area.

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last question (if youre still around)

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Would a 970 actually be compatible with my current motherboard or no?

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You might want to wait a few weeks.

Nvidia has launched their 10xx series.
Amd is about to launch their RX series.

Once the dust has settled you'll have a better idea of price and perf compared to the 970.

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While there are new cards every few weeks.

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I did get an email on a deal on the 970 at newegg. Looked like a nice price.

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Thanks all

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This has been a pretty helpful thread.
Will look up all this stuff,

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I would not touch this just to get pcie 3.
Unless your going to go way up the gpu ladder you won't see a difference.
If you do change it plan on having a chat with the msft activation folks.
If they give you a new key fine....if not you can add a new OS to the mix.

If I could find a mobo with support for.
1600 ram
Sata 3
Usb 3
Pcie 3
Then I might give this some thought.

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