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    Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Hi guys.

    Finally about to buy parts for my broken pc.

    Just wondering if there any budget boards you'd recommend as well supported by Linux. Will also use FreeBSD if and when the new hardware is supported. I won't be using Windows at all, so I'll be happy as long as I can boot in legacy BIOS mode (preferably with gpt partitions). The Z87 boards in my price range are:

    MSI Z87-G43
    Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
    Asus Z87-K
    ASRock Z87 Pro4

    I don't really need a Z87 board though because I won't be overclocking and I don't need SLI/Crossfire. I'll be using a locked CPU anyway. With that in mind, I'm also considering these H87 and B85 boards:

    Asus H87-PRO
    ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance
    Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H
    Asus H87-PLUS
    ASRock B85 KILLER
    Gigabyte G1.SNIPER B5

    Taking the Asus H87-PRO as an example, I've created two draft builds.

    Option 1 (preferred CPU, buy video card at a later date):

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2GKZn

    Option 2 (cheaper CPU and Nvidia GTX 650 Ti):

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Iqse

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Cheers,

    Paul

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    I cannot make any suggestions and am interested myself as I hope (finally) to do a new build.

    On video cards
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...014start&num=1

    That site has not done much on motherboards and the few have been high end.
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...m=Motherboards

    But it has a related site where users post results based on build.
    http://openbenchmarking.org/
    http://openbenchmarking.org/s/Motherboard

    Have not seen a lot of threads on issues with motherboards or builds. Most are laptops, so either few are building systems or those that build systems do not have issues??
    There have been a few issues with very specific settings on older versions of some brands.

    Gigabyte's ASPM Motherboard Fix: Use Windows
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTAwMjg

    Some have issues with Asrock.
    UEFI, Windows on SSD, Ubuntu on HD ASRock Z77 Pro4 motherboard
    http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/10/10...d-ssd-and-hdd/
    ASRock UEFI bios + Ubuntu Server = operating system not found Install to flash drive
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2153123

    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2063073

    Someone posted this:
    So to people with an Asrock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard: if you install Ubuntu, make sure the drives you are installing from and to are not connected to the Asmedia SATA ports!

    Often it is not the brand of motherboard, but specific parts on motherboard by model, like Ethernet or other chips that may be an issue. And most have drivers or work arounds.
    Last edited by oldfred; January 27th, 2014 at 05:16 PM.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by paul_in_london View Post
    Hi guys.

    Finally about to buy parts for my broken pc.

    Just wondering if there any budget boards you'd recommend as well supported by Linux. Will also use FreeBSD if and when the new hardware is supported. I won't be using Windows at all, so I'll be happy as long as I can boot in legacy BIOS mode (preferably with gpt partitions). The Z87 boards in my price range are:

    MSI Z87-G43
    Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
    Asus Z87-K
    ASRock Z87 Pro4

    I don't really need a Z87 board though because I won't be overclocking and I don't need SLI/Crossfire. I'll be using a locked CPU anyway. With that in mind, I'm also considering these H87 and B85 boards:

    Asus H87-PRO
    ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance
    Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H
    Asus H87-PLUS
    ASRock B85 KILLER
    Gigabyte G1.SNIPER B5

    Taking the Asus H87-PRO as an example, I've created two draft builds.

    Option 1 (preferred CPU, buy video card at a later date):

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2GKZn

    Option 2 (cheaper CPU and Nvidia GTX 650 Ti):

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Iqse

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Cheers,

    Paul
    Paul I have never gone wrong with ASUS the Specs on that board look good enough even for expansion.
    And if you have to get stuck with UEFi well this looked promising.
    Code:
    New UEFI BIOS – Friendlier, easier, and more intuitive with helpful info added
    MSI Boards havent fared well at least for me.
    Cant wait to see your new rig in action

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    I grabbed one of these recently:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138377

    The stinking ATI Radeon HD 3000 has been such a pain I'm both getting bald and growing a neck-beard!

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by paul_in_london View Post
    Hi guys.

    Finally about to buy parts for my broken pc.

    Just wondering if there any budget boards you'd recommend as well supported by Linux. Will also use FreeBSD if and when the new hardware is supported. I won't be using Windows at all, so I'll be happy as long as I can boot in legacy BIOS mode (preferably with gpt partitions). The Z87 boards in my price range are:

    MSI Z87-G43
    Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
    Asus Z87-K
    ASRock Z87 Pro4

    I don't really need a Z87 board though because I won't be overclocking and I don't need SLI/Crossfire. I'll be using a locked CPU anyway. With that in mind, I'm also considering these H87 and B85 boards:

    Asus H87-PRO
    ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance
    Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H
    Asus H87-PLUS
    ASRock B85 KILLER
    Gigabyte G1.SNIPER B5

    Taking the Asus H87-PRO as an example, I've created two draft builds.

    Option 1 (preferred CPU, buy video card at a later date):

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2GKZn

    Option 2 (cheaper CPU and Nvidia GTX 650 Ti):

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Iqse

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Cheers,

    Paul
    I aquired this MoBo ->

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/B75MA-P45.html

    I currently have the Intel G630 processor (dual core) and it runs great. I am currently running it with onboard SandyBridge graphics and SATA III SSD. The BIOS allows you to overclock depending on which processor you install. It will not overclock a locked processor. I only paid $89CAD but it has probably come down in price. It is smooth, quiet and fast. With USB 3 and SATA 3. Also with PCIe 3 (with next generation compatible).

    Testing with an SSD it makes for no down time. Haven't tried FreeBSD on it.

    Downside: No IDE connectors on board. SATA only, but you can use a SATA to IDE bridge via USB .

    Regards..
    This is Rolling Release
    Warnings for New Beta Testers& Helpful Terminal Commands:
    Running 16.04 on Mobo: MSI model: B85-G41 PC Mate(MS-7850) v: 1.0

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Hardly a matter relevant to U+1; moved to Hardware.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by mörgæs View Post
    Hardly a matter relevant to U+1; moved to Hardware.
    We test development releases on new hardware, always. So it is very relavant I would opine to believe.

    Regards,

    Ventrical
    This is Rolling Release
    Warnings for New Beta Testers& Helpful Terminal Commands:
    Running 16.04 on Mobo: MSI model: B85-G41 PC Mate(MS-7850) v: 1.0

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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Here's what's working for me but only on 14.04 and 13.10. Will not work installing 13.04, 12.10 or 12.04.4:

    Ubuntu Linux on a Z87 Haswell motherboard, ASRock Model Z87E-ITX with Intel i5-4440S CPU (2.8MHz, 800KHz to Turbo 3.3MHz as needed), 16G DDR3 G.Skill 2400MHz, Plextor M5S SSD 256G, WD VelociRaptor 500G HDD, latest UEFI BIOS 2.3, Suspend and Resume without issue. Booting fast, 10 to 20 seconds, from either Plextor SSD or VelociRaptor HDD in Lian Li PC-Q30X case.

    It's a $1200 box but worth every bit of it.
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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by ventrical View Post
    We test development releases on new hardware, always. So it is very relavant I would opine to believe.

    Regards,

    Ventrical
    +1 I thought it was safe when oldfred did not move it..Oh Well
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    Re: Choosing new budget motherboard (Z87, H87 or B85). Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by runrickus View Post
    +1 I thought it was safe when oldfred did not move it..Oh Well
    paul_in_london is always on the avant guard for testing release candidates for kernels ... a U+1 regular.. but .. anyways .. here we are....lol
    This is Rolling Release
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    Running 16.04 on Mobo: MSI model: B85-G41 PC Mate(MS-7850) v: 1.0

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