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post #1 of 5
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Hi Everyone,

I'd like to ask those in the know a question. I want to try and use as much of my current hardware untill I can buy new stuff probably at like one ot two pieces at a time. Money is not flowing from any tree in my yard.

First my hardware I wish to use with a new board if at all possible:

Phenom 9850 Black Edition Till I can afford to upgrade
Crucial M4 128Gb SSD for OS
GeForce 8800 GTX GPU just for a little while untill I can afford to upgrade
4 Sata 2 Drives for storage
850 watt PSU (Modular)

My goal is to try and take full advantage of SSD Technology while keeping some of my now owned hardware and upgrade bit by bit. I know I'll need new Ram to go with new board but I hope to use my CPU AND GPU.
I'll be using Windows 7 Pro 64 and would like to buy a board with onboard WIRELESS if possible. I hope I am making sence and I may not be able to do this being cpu sockets are changed with new stuff and my CPU and GPU may not be compatable. If you have a board in mind that will fit my bill and allow for future upgrades of the CPU, GPU please do tell. Price is a consideration unfortunetly so a good board at a reasonable price is the ideal board.

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to give me some advice.
post #2 of 5
Unfortunately I would just say to save up for a new platform. Your only choice as far as changing motherboards would be to get a good AM2+ motherboard. AM2+ boards will work with your Phenom 9850, and then allow you to upgrade to Phenom II processors (but some AM2+ boards don't support Phenom II x6, only Phenom II x4). Then you're still stuck on DDR2 memory which can be pricey if you ever want to upgrade. And AM2+ boards do not have any SATA3 ports so it's going to limit your SSD a bit. On top of that good AM2+ boards are hard to find nowadays and are probably pretty pricey.

Another reason you shouldn't do it that way is because you're not going to see a performance difference just by swapping the motherboard. The 9850 is still going to perform the same and you actually won't see a benefit until you drop in a Phenom II. So you might as well save up and spring for a new motherboard + CPU at the same time. Then you can get some DDR3 too, which is pretty inexpensive.

Try to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355 , any cheap Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge processor you can budget, and a 4GB stick of RAM that then you could buy another one in the future. With an Ivy Bridge CPU installed that board supports PCI-E 3.0, has onboard POST code readout, good for OC, and 2 SATA III ports (great for SSD) and 4 SATA II. Just buy a wireless card- PCI or PCI-E and you will be good to go. Performance is much higher on Intel's current generation compared to anything AMD can offer at this point in time.
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post #3 of 5
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Thanks for your suggestions and insight. Makes sence to not waste any more time and effort in the AM2+ Platform I suppose. I hoped maybe someone knew of a board cheap but I cant find anything. Might as well just change on over now and be done with it. Only thing is when I change to intel and sata 3 I'll need a new GPU as well as the 8800 GTX is getting on in years to as far as Technology goes. Geez. Seems like a never ending battle just trying to keep up with all the change. I do not have to have the fastes but I do want stability. I feel as thoe I threw my money away on buying SSD Drives for the platform I am now currently at. Your suggestions make sence and I guess I allready kinda figured they would be the road I would end up having to travel down.

Thanks,
J
post #4 of 5
Well the 8800GTX will still work in that Z77 board so you could at least use it temporarily. Z77 also has this cool feature called "Lucid Virtu MVP" and it basically let's you combine the processor's integrated graphics with a dedicated card like your 8800GTX. This gives you more performance and AFAIK works alright for most games. It's kind of like hybrid SLI with your 8800GTX and processor's integrated graphics card.
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2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Winblows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Pixio PX277 Logitech G510 Seasonic SS-660XP2 Fractal Design R4 Blackout 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8Z68-V Pro MSI R7970 Lightning BE 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB and WD Black 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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post #5 of 5
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I started looking tonight into the new Z79 Platform. Any suggestions in this area for CPU, MB, GPU. I Allready think I 'm set with PSU but may get a larger case.

Thanks,
J
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