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post #11 of 17
This is a non upgrade then. Why change a mobo?
If it is a good deal (I.e. friend for $25 or whatever) ok, just to keep you busy. Otherwise you gain nothing.

By the time you will get to change cpu prices would have gone down anyways.

Also by that time, a gts 450 or a pair of them alike will be stressing your psu for laughable results in comparison to more efficient, newer designs. The whole "not a gamer, so I would rather SLI" is oxymoron.
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Okay, so do nothing? Hopefully, you really are harmless. So, do nothing?
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Okay, so do nothing? Hopefully, you really are harmless. So, do nothing?

I've lied, aaaarrrrgggg biggrin.gif

Well, if you all you want is a change, by all means, go for it...but the mobo won't buy you any speed advantage...

On the contrary it will bring you all the usual pain of such upgrades, i.e. re-installing windows etc.

Ofc you could say I will overclock, or do this and that, but is that really a reason or an excuse?

A GPU would be a clean and easy way to upgrade meaningfully, but as you said already, only for gaming. If that is not your priority and more-or-less you are happy where you are, why bother?

If your rig is that of your sig, I would say the two weakest "links" is the kinda limited RAM @ 4GB and probably the lack of a SSD, with the latter being probably the upgrade that you would give you the most bang. Windows and apps loading much faster to instantly etc. But again, if you are casual user, which doensn't power down the machine (Sleep), doesn't do much other than browsing, youtube etc, even that won't be much of a difference...

"wow, I shaved 15 sec of my 4hr browsing routine, amazing investment".

Hope you are seeing where I'm getting at.

Upgrading you home PC is a money sink, no matter how you see it. If you would profile your intended uses in a bit higher detail, you could get some more meaninful suggestions that will ofc cost money, but are getting you closer to a goal. Without a goal the "get a mobo" advice means absolutely NOTHING, when you have a working machine already.

You need to investigate and/or ask the "WHY" should I upgrade, and not "WHAT" should I upgrade.

With what is given to us, I see no "why", so the answer is, "nothing rly". wink.gif
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Woah, wait; new mobo, new os? Nope, LOL! I did that with an RMA'ed board that came back, and it worked without a new OS.

The only reason I'm upgrading my PC is because I see all these flashy computers on OCN, and want to be like them. Also, my processor unlocks to an x6 but requires a 140w motherboard.
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The RMA'ed board was...the same board...right? So it should work as all the drivers in place should be identical.
If you change to a board with a new chipset, it is recommended to re-install OS. Is it mandatory? Perhaps not, it could work just by plugging in your HDDs.
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Okay, that makes it sound better. Thanks!
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post #17 of 17
I would upgrade motherboard first. Maybe get a used crosshair III formula. Great board for overclocking. And BTW gtx550ti is an oc'ed gts450 so after MB change OC that gpu.
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