Your Recommendation Please

Related imageHai Guys!

A question please, if I may: I guess I’m slowly losing patience with my lousy motherboard and since it’s a Socket 1150 for 4th Gen Intel CPUs it’s obviously hard/impossible to get a replacement part for it. At least here in SA. :/

So I’m thinking about a complete swap of CPU and mobo. Logical so far? Okeeee … so here’s my question:

i5What do you, dear readers and blogsufferers, recommend me to buy?

I need a M-ITX mobo; that’s important since I don’t wanna swap the case as well. And keep in  in mind I’m pretty budget oriented. Looking for processing power in the upper i5 echelons but am not married to Intel. I’m hearing AMDs Ryzen chips are more than worthwile alternatives and much cheaperer. I got a still ok-ish graphics card so I don’t need an APU.

MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC B450 AMD Ryzen Socket AM4 Mini ...As I said, if I wanna buy a Intel I’d take the fastest i5. So what’s the best alternative by AMD? And what AM4 motherboard would you recommend me? AMD chips need superfast RAM? So which 2×8 GB set is best for low budget?

Thanks very much for your friendly expertise.



  1. Build or upgrade your own – – I believe AMD is fast for games, but always seemed slow for desktop duty, just my opinion. What you’re wanting to do will probably run over $400, if all your case wiring is up to date for such an upgrade.

    Here’s a roughly 11.5” X 11.5” X 3.65” Dell for $319 – – maybe Lenovo has a similar deal.

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    • Thank you, Anon. I don’t know if you noticed but my main rig is already self-built and I do indeed attempt to upgrade it myself. That was the whole meaning behind my post. So for Intel should go with the i5-9600 or when going the AMD route, the Ryzen5 3600. Which one must I take? I guess moneywise the AMD.
      And what M-ITX mobo would you recommend? And RAM upgrade from now 8 to 16 GB? Some budget solutions?


      • That UserBenchmark link offers you a price & comparison of processors. You can also test build it there to check if it stays withing budget. Max’s i5-4690 is not a bad processor though and is about $215 you can save by just getting a $112-125 mini-ITX board at Amazon. The ram might even be compatible. Those 1150 boards are plentiful (if that is what’s actually wrong with computer), so perhaps finding an online distributor who delivers to SA. Surely there are some full supply types that deliver to SA.

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        • Yeah, that’s the problem, Amazon don’t deliver in SA. Here we have

          and they are shit compared to Amazon. Anyhoo, just decided the machine will hopefully work until we fly to Germany the next time.There we get everything for Europe’s bestest prices. Maybe even an LGA1150 mobo. Yes, I won’t like to part from my 4690. It was the fastest gen 4 i5 proci and still delivers impeccably. And I’m quite sure it’s the mobo casing the problem. It ws in Gigabyte repair quite a few times already and by now they themselves don’t know anymore what to do with it. They don’t have another LGA1150 board available anymore. At least no ITX. 😦


    • Nice trick my love. But the chances of me going to Norge – in late October! – are slim. I’m a tough cookie but I can’t stand snow n ice. Just send the parts if you may. Thank you. 😉


  2. I actually run the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 8 core processor. with G.Skillz memory 32 GB and I have replaced all my pc parts several times over. I actually just received a class action against AMD today in the mail, so they have been known to be faulty but currently, I have no issues and love the set up. Good Luck

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