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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:00 am 
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Having been out of the upgrading area for many years, I think my attempt to progress up from my old Pentium 3 supermicro board has failed.
I bought an MSI gamer 5, Z97. Not because I'm a gamer. Just thought it had lots of things to offer. I wanted to use the M2 slot with a fast ssd that will also boot windows 7 pro, not interested in windows 8 or 10. I see now the M2 port on this board is an early attempt as I think it's only half speed of the latest Samsung ssd.
As I have only bought the DDR3 memory it's not too late to change this, I'll sell on eBay what I have and start again..
My question is this... what Asus board will let me boot from said M2 Ssd, give me usb 3.1 , be a good sort of middle to high end with a bit of future proof in it, around the £100-175 mark. Also, ATX form.
Hope someone can advise on board, processor and Samsung combination.
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Bob, London UK


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:08 am 
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Check this ASRock board out (I have aleays had good results with motherboards).. As for using the M2 boot, it is as quick these days to boot off a decent SATA SSD, if you want Samsung the 850 EVO's are a good buy and reliable. The CPU is up to you, as in what you want to really do, high end CAD/Photoshop/Video editing, I would get an i7. If it is just general stuff, you can save a lot by using an i5. I wouildn't even consider windows 7 now, it is dated, bug ridden and takes an eon to do all the updates, plus one of the first updates it will do anyway will be to update to windows 10 (or at least try to).I am not trying to sell windows 10 (hardened Linux user), it is just the way M$ are going and going fast..

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:51 pm 
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Yes if you really want a super quick SSD then an M2 gen2 port will hold it back, as those are limited to 800MB/s whereas a Samsung 950 Pro can do 2500MB/s. I think Asus do some boards with M2 port that has PCI-E 3.0 x4.

But really you have to be doing something quite specialised to notice the difference compared to a decent SATA-III drive, which at 500MB/s fills up the RAM pretty quick!

Although it is nice having the latest and greatest kit I would say that if you are budgeting e.g. £3000 for PCs over 12 years then you are much better off spending this on 3x mid range PCs at 4yr intervals rather than blowing £3000 on a top of the range PC and running that for 12 years. You'll have on average a faster, better featured PC over the duration, plus less likelyhood of hardware failure.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:56 pm 
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Oh and don't forget UK consumer law allows you to return most items within 7 days.
http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/ ... egulations

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