[SOLVED] Looking for a cheap and reliable motherboard with an LGA 1151 socket

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I was looking to upgrade from my current processor and the Intel Core i5 9600k seemed like a good choice that isn't too expensive. The problem is that my current motherboard has a FM2+ socket, so I'll need to replace my motherboard. I don't plan on overclocking so I don't need a motherboard designed with that in mind, just something reliable with a LGA 1151 socket that will support a 9th Gen i5. All the motherboards I looked at were £100+ so ideally something that's not that expensive would be great, but I don't know where to start.
 
Mar 22, 2019
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You will need CPU , Board and DDR4 memory.
Is there not a motherboard that is compatible with the i5 Gen9 than can take DDR3?

Supporting an Intel Core i5-9600K right out of the box:

https://www.morecomputers.com/a?pid=B365M PRO4
Going back to my other question, does this motherboard support DDR3?

The fact that I'd need to get a new motherboard, and possibly new RAM, to get a Gen 9 i5 means I'm probably better just getting another AMD CPU that's compatible with the FM2+ socket. I'm not sure if I can get anything for that socket that would be a significant upgrade to what I have though...
 
Mar 22, 2019
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Is there not a motherboard that is compatible with the i5 Gen9 than can take DDR3?

Sorry the answer is no.
That sucks. Do you have any idea what the best CPU I can get with a FM2+ socket is? I currently have a AMD A10-7890K and I'm not sure if I can get a substantial upgrade or if this socket is just outdated and I'm just better getting a new motherboard + CPU?
 
Mar 22, 2019
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Okay, so my cooler is a CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite 120, I know it's compatible with the new motherboard I'm getting. Will that be good enough for a 9600k? Like I said I don't plan on overclocking so I won't need something that is built to deal with the extra heat from that, just the standard heat from the processor.

Also sorry for all the questions, I want as much help as I can get haha.
 
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Your cooler is definitely capable of cooling the Intel Core i5-9600K. Your cooler can handle up to a 180W TDP CPU and the Intel Core i5-9600K is only a 95W TDP CPU. Just make sure you still have the mounting bracket for LGA1151 CPU sockets.
 
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Your cooler is definitely capable of cooling the Intel Core i5-9600K. Your cooler can handle up to a 180W TDP CPU and the Intel Core i5-9600K is only a 95W TDP CPU. Just make sure you still have the mounting bracket for LGA1151 CPU sockets.
I originally got my PC from PC Specialist. I don't think it came with any extra mounting brackets, I just assumed it was one bracket for multiple different motherboards. Is there anywhere online where I can get the right bracket for it?
 
Mar 22, 2019
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Just a quick update. After I got a reply to the ticket I gave them the serial code of the cooler and now I'm getting a mounting kit sent my way, for free, which is neat. I ended up finding the mounting bracket anyway but a spare kit doesn't hurt.

All of the parts I ordered are now here and I'll be installing them tomorrow. I will let you guys know if I have any problems during / after the installation, but I know what I'm doing for the most part when it comes to installing the parts.
 
Mar 22, 2019
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That's great on Cooler Master's part. Hope your upgrade goes smoothly.
I finished installing everything and it all seems to have gone smoothly, I can't figure out how to enable XMP in the bios though, so I think I've come to the conclusion that the motherboard doesn't support it. Can you be of any help with that as I'm still not sure if I can do that or not with the motherboard I bought.

Also I wasn't really sure how to check RAM speed with CPU-Z, I'm just assuming it's double the DRAM Frequency, as it currently says 1333MHz and it should be running at 2666MHz without XMP.
 
Mar 22, 2019
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One more thing to bother you guys with, I was playing some demanding games with Open Hardware Monitor open to check the temperatures and the core temp seemed normal for the games I was playing, but I noticed that temp 4 (I'm assuming that's core 4) was at 100 °C. I'm not sure if that doesn't matter as long as the core temperature isn't too high but it worried me.

Here's an actual picture: https://prnt.sc/n4wrgn
As for the temperatures in the photo, left is current, middle is minimum and right is maximum for the time that the program has been running. Just in case you haven't used it before.
 
I finished installing everything and it all seems to have gone smoothly, I can't figure out how to enable XMP in the bios though, so I think I've come to the conclusion that the motherboard doesn't support it. Can you be of any help with that as I'm still not sure if I can do that or not with the motherboard I bought.

Also I wasn't really sure how to check RAM speed with CPU-Z, I'm just assuming it's double the DRAM Frequency, as it currently says 1333MHz and it should be running at 2666MHz without XMP.
On Page 56 of the motherboard's English manual:

DRAM Timing Configuration
Load XMP Setting

Load XMP settings to overclock the memory and perform beyond standard specifications.

Yes. You double the DRAM Frequency shown by CPU-Z.
 
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On Page 56 of the motherboard's English manual:

DRAM Timing Configuration
Load XMP Setting

Load XMP settings to overclock the memory and perform beyond standard specifications.

Yes. You double the DRAM Frequency shown by CPU-Z.
Thanks for the info, I'll have another look in the bios and see if I can find it this time.

Have you tried using a different freeware utility like HWiNFO64?
No I haven't, Open Hardware Monitor is the only thing I used for the temperatures. I'll try the one you mentioned and then get back to you!
 
Mar 22, 2019
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Sorry for the late reply, I ended up going to sleep after I made my last comment, I'll start with the temperatures first though.

Anyway I downloaded HWiNFO64, went onto the sensors, and I still have the same problem with the motherboard temperature. Is it possible that there is a faulty sensor on the motherboard? I find it hard to believe that all the temperatures on the motherboard sit around 30°C or less when idle but there's something on the motherboard that's around 100°C constantly...

Here's a picture of the motherboard temps on HWiNFO64: http://prntscr.com/n54gm2
 

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