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sacrificing the GPU for a better mobo, for future upgrades, is it good?

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June 23, 2013 8:23:59 AM

hello guys! i'll talk to the point.
is it good to sacrifice the GPU for a better mobo? i have a tight budget here and i'm planning for future upgrade, at this time, i just using it for watching movies, mega-multi tasking (open a lot application at the same time) and maybe playing some games, i don't really care if i only can play the games with low preset, as long as the game is playable. and i also planning for overclocking and SLI/CrossFire in the future. thanks before for your contribution, i really new in this forum, and sorry for bad english ehehe :D .

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June 23, 2013 8:28:02 AM

I would say having a good motherboard is priority #1. A crappy board with great peripherals is like a diamond coated P.O.S. What would really help is if you listed the materials you have/plan on getting/are willing to sacrifice. But, in short, yes I'd sac the GPU for a while and upgrade the board.
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June 23, 2013 8:30:06 AM

you didn't give enough information about your entire set up. having said that, I use cheaper ( usually under $100 ) motherboards and stick higher end components on them. Cross fire and sli are a waste of money, especially if you buy one card now and one in the next 2 years. there's almost always a newer and better single card out that's close enough to being a better performer. games change and so do the architecture of the cards.
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June 23, 2013 8:33:57 AM

Well look at it this way ..... a GFX card addition or swap is a 5 minute thing ..... a new MoBo, Case, CPU, storage etc is hours.

I recommend this build a lot as it gives you a very playable system for $1,000. The Case, PSU, Storage subsystem, MoBo, CPU are all ones ya would find in a $2k system..... A later investment of $155 brings you right up to what you would get w/ a $450 GFX card.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_650_Ti_Boo...

Case - $124 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$20 combo discount $25 coupon code for case, $16.50 coupon code for PSU, $45 MIR
PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair TX750 included with above

MoBo - $370 - ASUS Z87 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl. w/ above - Intel Core i5-4670 Included w/ above and MoBo has built in wireless, $100 combo discount and $10 off w/ promo code Z87MB617, ends 6/30

RAM - $79 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin CAS 8 DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Free $25 Hawken in game credit w/ purchase, limited offe
Cooler - $30 - CM Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GFX - $155 - MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $95 Caviar Black 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $135 - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $17 - Asus DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,005

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...

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June 23, 2013 8:39:14 AM

JobCreator said:
I would say having a good motherboard is priority #1. A crappy board with great peripherals is like a diamond coated P.O.S. What would really help is if you listed the materials you have/plan on getting/are willing to sacrifice. But, in short, yes I'd sac the GPU for a while and upgrade the board.


hey thanks for the fast response!
so i'm going to build an AMD platform, i also use my old components, 4gb of RAM, Monitor, 500w PSU (i forgot the brand), Case etc
in this case, i just need a new CPU, Mobo, and a low-profile GPU, since i really need a good mobo with long-lifespan

i'm planning on the FX 8350, ASUS SaberTooth 990fx R2.0, and ASUS GT 630 2gb DDR3 (Low-end).
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June 23, 2013 8:44:30 AM

low profile cards limit you availability and your performance. Maybe think about getting a standard atx case first?

listed some hardware but you didn't give specifics.............. could be junk, we don't know. could be too old to trust?
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June 23, 2013 8:45:37 AM

oh yeah, my budget is about $450. again, i don't really need a good GPU this time, as long as i can watch some movies and hyper multi tasking, what do you think?
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June 23, 2013 8:48:44 AM

I think you can probably find a better card than that for the price. I think...
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June 23, 2013 9:04:16 AM

swifty_morgan said:
low profile cards limit you availability and your performance. Maybe think about getting a standard atx case first?

listed some hardware but you didn't give specifics.............. could be junk, we don't know. could be too old to trust?


CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
my old hdd : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
my old RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i use 500w PSU (i forgot the brand), are these information enough? :S
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June 23, 2013 9:07:30 AM

JobCreator said:
I think you can probably find a better card than that for the price. I think...


maybe an 1gb ddr5 memory is a better choice :??: 
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June 23, 2013 9:10:03 AM

gpuYahud said:
JobCreator said:
I think you can probably find a better card than that for the price. I think...


maybe an 1gb ddr5 memory is a better choice :??: 


I would agree with that. Graphics expert will likely step in and tell me that's wrong...
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June 23, 2013 9:15:17 AM

JobCreator said:
gpuYahud said:
JobCreator said:
I think you can probably find a better card than that for the price. I think...


maybe an 1gb ddr5 memory is a better choice :??: 


I would agree with that. Graphics expert will likely step in and tell me that's wrong...


ok, i will buy the 1 gb ddr5 then~
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