Future-ready Mobo - Open budget Tags: Motherboards Product Last response: August 13, 2010 5:18 PM in Motherboards Share pedrov August 13, 2010 1:46:53 PM Hi. I'm trying to get some suggestions for a full-sized mobo with good features for upgrading components over time, with the following preferences... -Ignoring budget for this component. -I have a PCIe 2.1 x16 vid card in mind, and it would be nice to have the option to add a second one in crossfire down the road. -I'd like to have a high-end connection for my primary monitor (or HD television), but the connector for a second monitor need only support a CRT or low-end LCD. -I'm not sure on CPU yet, but the more cores, the merrier. Something that can support the Phenom II x6 would be a good start. -I want to add as much RAM as the board can take (over time). This might be the biggest priority for upgrading down the road. -Newer features like SATA 6GB/s and USB 3 would both be great, but not deal breakers. -I'll be getting a new case for the build, so size isn't a big issue. Excellent heat management and power efficiency are more important. Thanks! *If it matters, this build will be for rendering and light gaming. More about : future ready mobo open budget pedrov August 13, 2010 5:18:20 PM Update: I've added specs for other devices in my build. I'll post the build on the system forum as well, and feedback on components is welcome, but I'm especially interested in advice on a motherboard. Full Tower ATX case Phenom II x6 core (socket AM3) SSD boot/OS drive (with SATA 6GB/s, 2.5") Second drive (slower, SATA 3GB/s, 3.5") PCIe 2.1 x16 Vid Card... would love to be able to add a second in crossfire down the road (rec: 400W, 500W CF) 650W Power Supply 2 x 4GB RAM DDR3 Oh yeah, will run 64-bit W7 OS m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedOpen build with asrock mobo - which pins to short for power button? Forum SolvedGood gaming mobo under $140 open for other peoples opinion Forum SolvedBest (Budget) Mobo for overclocking FX 6300? Forum SolvedBest Non-Over-Clocking + Non - budget Mobo! Forum SolvedBest Budget CPU + Mobo Combination for ~$200 Forum SolvedBest budget mobo for i3 4130 + gtx 760 Forum SolvedLow budget Mobo for i5 4670 + gtx 760 Forum SolvedA good budget MoBo for Intel i5 4670k Forum SolvedNeed help with CPU+mobo upgrade with budget constraints Forum SolvedGood budget mobo for i5 4670K Forum SolvedModerate Budget Upgrade for MOBO/CPU Forum SolvedLooking for a budget MoBo Forum SolvedCan you recommend a good mobo with SLI on a budget? Forum SolvedCPU, MOBO, RAM - $600 budget Forum SolvedNew Mobo on budget! Forum SolvedGood Gaming MOBO, On Budget! Forum Solvedbest MOBO for my budget Forum Solved600$ Budget Gaming Rig, CPU & Mobo Upgrade Forum SolvedCould you please suggest me the best budget Graphic card for Asus M5A78LM-LX mobo + AMD Fx6100 ? Forum SolvedLow Budget Gaming Pc (Cpu/Mobo/Ram/Gpu) Forum More resources Read discussions in other Motherboards categories BIOS Boot Chipsets ASRock Asus Chaintech DFI Elitegroup FIC Foxconn Gigabyte Intel MSI-Microstar !