Originally Posted by bigjdubb
What do you guys do with your old processors if you don't buy a new motherboard/memory with your new processor?
Sell or store. Either I basically pay a lot less for the new CPU, or I have a chip that works for BIOS updating new boards to run with even newer CPUs, troubleshooting or even as a backup in case my main CPU dies for some reason.
And besides, it's not even just the ability to slot a new CPU into your motherboard: It's also the ability to slot in your old CPU on a new motherboard, sometimes even being able to make the transition to a new DDR generation in the process. For example, if I have $300 for parts and want to upgrade my system right now, I'm FUBAR for anything but value parts due to needing to replace the 3770k, DDR3 and
motherboard whereas if I could reuse my old CPU ala the Phenom II chips being able to run both DDR2 and DDR3 then I'd be able to buy a decent motherboard and RAM, then upgrade my CPU later on after saving up more money. I mean, my 3770k isn't ridiculously slow gaming wise and still is workable for the stuff I do outside of gaming, I'd rather hold off until I can afford something that will last me just as long if not longer and the flexibility of say, being able to get onto the new platform and bump my RAM speed/capacity up would actually be quite beneficial.
I guess the easiest way to put it is that its flexible: If you don't see any value in it, that just says more about your particular strategy for upgrading than anything else in all honesty. (ie. "Throw money at the problem" rather than "Maximum Bang for Buck")
Heck, my Mums PC runs an Athlon 200GE and I plan to upgrade her to a 7nm APU later on mainly for the power consumption and improved iGPU at which point the old CPU will go into storage until I can be bothered getting an ITX board and some RAM for a HTPC, something I probably wouldn't do without already owning one of the parts despite that part being so cheap but will be pretty nice to have. (I'd probably go for something cheaper that can still do 1080p video or in-home streaming, as opposed to a chip that I can happily expect to run a handful of games natively with good performance)
And even just X570s newer features look nice for people wanting to just upgrade their board: Got an NVMe SSD already and want a second one but lack an second M.2 slot? Why not wait for X570 given that it's meant to allow 8 PCIe 4.0 lanes specifically for NVMe storage?