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 SolvedBest CPU+mobo+cpu cooler combo for Quad SLI no budget limit Forum SolvedGood budget/performance mobo for this build Forum SolvedProcessor & Mobo for budget gaming Forum SolvedLooking for a good mobo for athlon 4x 760k with Radeon R7 260x gpu 50-65$ budget Forum SolvedBudget AM3+ mobo Forum SolvedBudget MOBO for my parts. Forum SolvedBest Mobo/CPU combo on a $220 budget Forum SolvedHelp for low budget Mobo? Forum SolvedBudget Z97 Mobo recommendation? Forum SolvedConfused about budget mobo to OC 4790K Forum SolvedWhat's best graphic card for i3 3220 mobo asus with average budget.. Forum SolvedGood gaming mobo under $140 open for other peoples opinion Forum Solvedbest "budget" Z97 mobo with 4690k Forum SolvedLooking for a good budget mobo Forum SolvedGood budget mobo for new i5 4690k Forum SolvedBest (Budget) Mobo for overclocking FX 6300? Forum SolvedCPU + MoBo for GAMING (On a tight budget) !!!Need guidance!!! Forum SolvedWhat AMD or Intel CPU (and mobo) would fit my build/budget? Forum Solved600$ budget for gaming pc looking for CPU,GPU,HDD,MOBO,PSU Forum More resources Read discussions in other Motherboards categories BIOS Boot Chipsets ASRock Asus Chaintech DFI Elitegroup FIC Foxconn Gigabyte Intel MSI-Microstar !