I built my system a few years back, I'm looking to upgrade it cheaply on cyber monday today. I would like to buy a new motherboard that would give me the ability to upgrade in the future but still supports my current system.
All the item numbers are from newegg and were accurate ~2 years ago.
I have a ~500 budget though, so upgrading my gpu and motherboard while still keeping the rest of my system would be ideal.
I was thinking GTX 560 TI
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That motherboard wont really future proof the rig, still only supports a single GPU (his current mobo actually can support dual) and the one he has supports SATA III, so it will be easy enough to throw an SSD in.
And changing the motherboard will also invoke the added cost of a new Windows key (if its OEM).
Heres what I would do, get a 7950 and a 128GB SSD, that will be the most notable upgrade IMO.
@manofchalk you're saying my current mobo is fine for the immediate future? I'm thinking the next 1-2 years. Any particular reason for the 7950? I've always leaned more towards nvidia cards rather than amd.
@Deemo13 I actually have the same card as you (or maybe 512-bit), but I couldn't find it in newegg anymore so I just put the closest thing...
@o1die thanks for the info on mobos, what do you use as criteria for deciding on them? They all look so similar to me and I don't want to drop a ridiculous amount of money because i don't know what to look for.
@FinneousPJ thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely keep that website in mind for my future upgrades.
You can spend much more, but future proofing isn't guaranteed, so I spend as little as possible. The chipsets all run at the same speed; each one has different features built in, such as usb 3.0 or sata III support. A few boards may overclock the cpu a little faster, but you don't mention that. I stopped overclocking; the new cpus are plenty fast without it.
The only worthwhile upgrade for your mobo would be to get a 990 or 990FX chipset. And I would only recommend doing that if you are looking to stay with AMD for your next CPU upgrade (the fact that the 83xx series can use AM3+ sockets was a huge perk to all of us AMD fans). You already have sata3 support and if you really want USB3 support I think you would be better off buying an add in card for it than upgrading your mobo to get it.
Otherwise I would recommend buying something along the lines of a 670 GPU or the 7950 from AMD and saving the money that you would spend on a mobo+CPU for later.
As you can see by the specs I am also on the AMD upgrade path and still haven't decided if I am going Intel or AMD for my next upgrade. If AMD can keep using the AM3+ socket for one more generation then there is a good chance I will stick with AMD simply for the cost savings. But Intel will be ahead of them in processing speed for quite a while now so it is tempting to jump ship.