[SOLVED] What motherboard to buy?

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Looking to finally upgrade My ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 and downsize to a micro-atx. Would like to keep current memory, CPU and graphics.

Current Setup:
  • ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Socket LGA1155)
  • Intel Core i7-3770
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX-1660
  • Four DDR3-1600 / PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM UDIMM (Corsair)
I just want a newer mobo and I want to downsize to a smaller form-factor since I have a nice little micro-ATX case I think will work fine in my current space.

I am not a big gamer anymore, mainly just WoW and occasionally CoD.

Looking for advice.
 

Eximo

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Honestly, would probably be safer to go ahead and upgrade. Swapping the motherboard might not go smoothly with the OS, on top of trying to find a decent MicroATX Z77 or H77 board at this point. New ones are expensive, and taking a risk on a used board...well, anything could happen.

Best on ebay at the moment:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ASRock-Z77-Pro4-M-LGA-1155-Intel-Z77-HDMI-USB3-0-Micro-ATX-Motherboard-With-I-O/283909136765?epid=115971020&hash=item421a4da17d:g:BxwAAOSwpIhe4KYw

Alternative:

9400F so you can take advantage of faster memory, i5-10400F and a B460 board if you want the latest

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($141.55 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($102.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($79.95 @ B&H)
Total: $324.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-03-01 16:06 EST-0500
 
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Eximo

Titan
Ambassador
Honestly, would probably be safer to go ahead and upgrade. Swapping the motherboard might not go smoothly with the OS, on top of trying to find a decent MicroATX Z77 or H77 board at this point. New ones are expensive, and taking a risk on a used board...well, anything could happen.

Best on ebay at the moment:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ASRock-Z77-Pro4-M-LGA-1155-Intel-Z77-HDMI-USB3-0-Micro-ATX-Motherboard-With-I-O/283909136765?epid=115971020&hash=item421a4da17d:g:BxwAAOSwpIhe4KYw

Alternative:

9400F so you can take advantage of faster memory, i5-10400F and a B460 board if you want the latest

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($141.55 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($102.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($79.95 @ B&H)
Total: $324.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-03-01 16:06 EST-0500
 
Reactions: Treadhead

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