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[SOLVED] What motherboards are compatible with the Xeon E3 1275 3.4ghz?

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I have an old (excuse the dust) Intel Xeon E3-1275 CPU that is lying around and I want to use it in a NAS. The motherboard it came with is a server motherboard focused on networking and it only has 4 SATA ports, 2 USB ports and a lot of RJ45 ports (~10).

I want to buy a motherboard that is compatible with this CPU that:
  1. is 100 USD or less
  2. has plenty of SATA 3 ports (6Gbps)
  3. has (at least) onboard Gigabit Ethernet (I care about more speed, not more ports)
  4. has beefy enough power delivery for the CPU
  5. has plenty of PCIe slots
And as a bonus, one that requires little to no modifications (I like tinkering with tech, if I know what I'm supposed to do...)


I'd appreciate even a point in the right direction, what I should look for, what to avoid, etc.

I don't want the headache of dealing with an outdated bios, but there is an i7 4790k in the household, if there is no other option...

P.S. I bought a broken server in a 1U chassis but I do mot want to reuse the 1U chassis for the server, mainly because the CPU coolers and PSUs are loud and I already have an old ATX case
P.S.S. I do have all other components to make this NAS (RAM, PSU, Storage, ATX Case, etc.)
 
You will need a socket 1155 motherboard. Have a look at used boards with the chipset Z77, H77 or Q77, depending on your demands. These are ivy bridge boards but are better (native USB3.0 and SATA3.0) than the older sandy bridge chipsets and will work with your sandy bridge XEON as well.

no modifications needed

https://www.techspot.com/guides/502-intel-ivy-bridge/page3.html


e.g. ASRock Z77 Extreme4
MSI Z77 MPower
 
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You will need a socket 1155 motherboard. Have a look at used boards with the chipset Z77, H77 or Q77, depending on your demands. These are ivy bridge boards but are better (native USB3.0 and SATA3.0) than the older sandy bridge chipsets and will work with your sandy bridge XEON as well.

no modifications needed

https://www.techspot.com/guides/502-intel-ivy-bridge/page3.html


e.g. ASRock Z77 Extreme4
MSI Z77 MPower
 
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I'm sorry if I didn't mention it, but my motherboard only has only 1 pcie slot. And it is oriented towards the middle of the case...
 

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