Budget Range: Between $500 and $650, probably find deals on ebay/etc I don't really have many to spend on this, but it's time to upgrade and willing to spend that much, hoping a decent build is possible.
System Usage: I was a hardcore gamer, but now it's HD playback (blu-ray) and web applications, but still want gaming support.
Buying A Monitor? Not buying one, already have one.
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MOBO, RAM, SSD) I have 700W Fatality PSU, 3x1TB SATA & 1 2TB SATA. I also have a ATI Radeon HD 5850 video card. I have a HAF coolermaster case, I would like a smaller case if it can fit the budget, but not needed.
Buying OS? No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg.ca, ncix.ca and any Canadian Site, but will find deals myself.
Location: Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
Parts Preferences: None really, but Intel is my choice
Overclocking: Maybe, if it can fit the budget, I want the option.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Not upgrading, I have a HP LP2475w running at 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I want USB 3.0 support if possible, support for SSD plus 4 regular SATA drives of course, and 16GB DDR3 RAM or more. Nothing else really matters.
Why Are You Upgrading: I have a EVGA 780i SLI motherboard with Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR2 800MHz RAM that just isn't cutting it anymore. I am having troubles multitasking and many other things. It's an old system, time to upgrade. I was a top of the line system, as best as can be with the budget.
You won't need to max out your budget. The CPU cooler is for when you start overclocking. The casing is a bit smaller than any HAF, and it has front USB 3.0 to match the 3.0 headers of the motherboard I listed.
If there are any questions, please feel free to ask.
Thanks for such a quick and perfect reply.
I was going to ask if anyone else have suggestions, but I think that is perfect.
What would be the most future proof motherboard right now? Price not being important at the moment..
That's a hard question. It really is impossible to tell, I'm afraid. The next line of Intel CPU, Haswell, due for release around Q2 2013, will be utilizing a new socket, LGA1150. This will probably mark the beginning of the end for LGA1155.
That said, I believe LGA2011 will probably be here for a while since Ivy Bridge-E will also be using it.
So confusing lol
Let's restate the question then, what is the cheapest motherboard that supports everything already stated, and USB 3.0/thunderbolt?