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November 26, 2012 7:40:06 AM

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

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item#: N82E16811129042

PSU CORSAIR|850W CMPSU-850TXV2 R
Item#: N82E16817139022

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Item#: N82E16820145345
-most recent upgrade

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000524AS 1 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Not from newegg

PNY RVCGGTX4601XXB GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Item#: N82E16814133394

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm
Item #: N82E16835103065

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131631

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151188

I'm looking to upgrade from these cyber monday deals :
tigerdirect
newegg

Thanks for your time,
Diego
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 8:41:49 AM

I'm not a gamer, but to max out the video card isn't always a good idea budget wise. The motherboard should be fine.
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 9:00:35 AM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 9:19:39 AM

Man this is making my card seem old now.
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November 26, 2012 2:33:42 PM

@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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 2:49:27 PM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 4:26:01 PM

Well yeah I kind of agree it doesn't make much sense to change your motherboard at the moment. Change it when you're actually buying a new CPU to go with it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 6:04:31 PM

dv1795 said:
@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...


Yes you do have roughly the same card as me, but everyone on the forums seems to be upgrading them, and it makes me want to upgrade with money I don't have.
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November 26, 2012 6:33:30 PM

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.
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2012 7:22:20 PM

Far as I can tell yes. Its supports dual cards and SATAIII, so your set for SSD support and Crossfire/SLI. Only advantage of upgrading the mobo at this point would be USB3, which isnt really worth it.

Recommended the 7950 because its a $300 card, so you could get a 660Ti on that budget as well (I would personally get the 7950). Which leaves you $100 for an SSD.
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November 26, 2012 10:56:47 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone, I decided to go with the 7950 and I'll buy a SSD soon enough, a nice old Christmas present for myself, maybe.
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November 26, 2012 10:57:27 PM

Best answer selected by dv1795.
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