I am looking for some buying advice on the way forward for my Phenom X4 945 CPU.
My old(ish) GA-880GM-USB3 has developed a fault and I need to replace it.
Ideally, I want to use a board that lets me keep my CPU as I don't really want to splash a small fortune on a new CPU as well. I'm thinking that of I get a board that takes my X4 945 as well as much newer models I can swap the CPU when I have the need and the cash.
The trouble is, I've been relying on the integrated graphics on the 880GM-USB3 and I see that the latest AM3 compatible boards don't have integrated graphics.
The two options I need advise on are therefore -
1) Best 990 board + budget graphics card.
2) Best pre-990 board with integrated.
I'm not (yet) a gamer, so graphics have not been high on the list of my priorities.
I am more interested in general use and the running of a few vm's.
The extra features and bandwidth of the 990 boards looks appealing so I'm siding with that, but I need help with a graphics card.
Alternatively, if there is a pre-990 board which offers 6Gbps and integreated graphics then that could also be a great option.
Depending upon your budget, this AM3+ board with 880 chipset supports 6GB SATA, USB 3.0 and features an AMD HD4250: ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That may work for you - I'll look at 990 boards later if that doesn't meet your future upgrade requirements or...