What Intel LGA1155 motherboard would you recommend me to buy? It should cost maximally $128 (around €98). I'm planning to put an i3-3220 processor on it, but I'd like to be able to upgrade CPU one day if needed. And I'd buy buy 2x4GB 1866 or 1600 DDR3 for it. So, the important things to me are:
- PCIe 3.0 x16 (I have AMD/ATI HD7770 1GB Sapphire graphic card)
- supporting 1866MHz DDR3 (eventually; I know that Intel CPU's support memory up to 1600 but I've heard that 1866 works fine on it too)
- USB 3.0 (2 on the back panel)
- SATA III
- eSATA on the back panel (eventually)
It's hard to find one that has got all that but I'd also take closest pick...
Btw. one more question. Since I have AMD Athlon X2 7750 BE (stock tact 2.7GHz, I've overclocked it on 3.0 GHz) and an ASUS M3A78 (probably AM2+) board, I've been wondering is it worth to do that upgrade (i3-3220, new H77 or Z77 board and 8 GB DDR3), or would it be wiser to buy AMD Phenom II X4 945 4x3.0GHz and upgrade only CPU, and overclock it a bit and stick with current MB and RAM (DDR2 2x2GB 1066MHz) for now. I mean if that configuration wouldn't bottleneck HD7770 graphic card, I could save some money... Would that new i3 configuration noticeably improve my FPS over that second option with that Phenom?
If you want to save money, you can either stick to your current processor or go for an Phenom processor. But it is better you don't upgrade anything except getting a HD 7770 or 7750. Then buy another system after a year or so.
Or you can get a powerful GPU like 7870 or 7950 and underlock it(as your current processor won't be able to handle the CPU and bottleneck it) until you can buy a new computer. This way you do not have to buy a new graphics card when you buy a new system
I forgot to mention that I've already got HD7770 graphic card.
Better stick to your current specs and change your whole computer when you can. If you try to upgrade this system it'll cost you a lot. If you are getting a phenom cheap then only buy it otherwise don't.