Skylake and Haswell Problem Help!

jejemon1012

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I'm going to buy this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157648 and I'm going to buy this cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1UH3Z96233&cm_re=intel_i3_6100-_-2MN-0004-00002-_-Product. I'm confused with the chipset thing that you need to know about a motherboard before you buy a cpu and I don't want to waste money if I buy a not compatible one. I read that the preffered motherboard for a haswell needs a z97 chipset and a z170 for a skylake. But the motherboard that I'm going to buy has a chipset H110. I'm confused if It's okay to put either a Haswell or a Skylake cpu. Will it be both compatible? Can someone explain it for me in an easy way? My head is full of confusion right now.
 

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H110 will work with your i3-6100.

The easier way to determine this is to search by the socket. Skylake is socket 1151 and Haswell is 1150. So Skylake is H110, B150, H170, Z170 and Haswell is H87, H97, B85, Z87, and Z97.
 

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H110 is not the chipset for the motherboard you are buying, it is the motherboard model. The motherboard you are buying has a LGA 1151 chipset, which is correct for a Skylake CPU.

The cpu/mobo combo you linked in your post will work together, however a Haswell CPU will not wok in that motherboard, as it uses a LGA 1150 chipset.
 

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Hello... There are multi chipset and MB features for each "chipset"... but you need the correct "pin#" and CPU type for theses chipsets/MB's... checkout the table below. For example... If you want 4 ram slots, then you will NOT buy a "H110"... If you need RAID drive feature, you would get a H170, Q170, or Z170... I you want to OC a "K" CPU, then Z170.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1151
 

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Thank you guys so much! So I just have to remember that if I'm going Skylake then I have to look for a LGA 1151 MOBO and LGA 1150 for a Haswell. Finally I can be in peace.
 

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Nope, it's the opposite. LGA refers to the socket that the CPU fits into. Haswell chips are Socket LGA 1150, while Skylake chips are Socket LGA 1151; they're not compatible, so you have to make sure you pick an LGA 1151 board for your CPU.

That being said, the only reason they suggest the "Z" chipsets is that those are the boards that allow the best results for overclocking the CPU. Problem is, unless you have a "K" model CPU (which you don't have), you generally can't OC it anyway. So getting a non-K CPU & putting into a board desgined for the K chips is a waste of money. Beyond that, the primary differences in the chipsets are how many PCIe lanes they have, how many USB 3.0 ports they have, how many total USB ports they have, how many SATA 6Gb ports they have, if they support eSATA or not, & if they support M.2 ports or not for SSDs.

The H110-based board you were looking is the most limited, with the slowest bus speed, the least amount of PCIe lanes, & the least amount of USB 3.0 ports, plus no eSATA or M.2 support. If you want eSATA support, I would strongly recommend a B150 or Q150-based board. If you want M.2 support, you want a board with the H170 or Q170 chipset. Note that, aside from the lack of OC support, the Q170 chipset is nearly identical to the Z170 chipset.
 
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