So not that long ago I made a thread looking for CPU cooler recommendations, and I’ve had the cooler for a while, but I haven’t actually gotten around to installing it.
Aside from not having much spare time lately, my reason is that I’ve actually been told that my current CPU (AMD FX-6300) could be bottlenecking my GPU (MSI GTX 970). And to be honest, having an AMD socket motherboard kinda blocks most upgrade paths I could take, so I guess I’m due for a pretty massive hardware upgrade.
I’m on a budget of about $200 per part, so I’m pretty set on getting an Intel Core i5-6500 (Unless anyone can recommend better?), so the main thing I need advice for is the motherboard.
The main recommendations I’ve had so far are for either a Gigabyte GA-Z170M-D3H or a Gigabyte GA-Z170M-HD3. My problems with those two are that the first one is micro-ATX and I’m really not a fan of small motherboards, and the second one seems to be pretty hard to find.
As well, neither are capable of SLI and I’d like to keep my horizons open to that in the future, though I’ve been told it’s usually not worth it.
Short version: I need a standard-ATX motherboard that’ll fit a Core i5-6500 for $200 or under that’ll last me a long time and maybe support SLI. Welcoming any advice for differing hardware.
On a side note, I’ve ALSO been told my current RAM (Corsair XMS3 8GB) probably won’t support most upgrade paths. If that’s true, could I also get some recommendations for that? I’m due for a 16GB/32GB upgrade anyway.
I always feel bad asking other people about this kinda stuff, but my work schedule is really strapping me for time to research it on my own.