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are motherboards that important in making a powerful machine?

#1BonerFreedomPosted 12/29/2013 10:23:51 AM
I have about a 4 year olds Asus mother board and a an doing some upgrades. Just want to know if it's worth upgrading this right now. Fits 8 gb ram. And the nvidia gtx series.
#2gsf4lyfePosted 12/29/2013 10:25:09 AM
Chances are it won't support whatever processor you want to put in it. What socket is it/what is your current processor?
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#3NGd72Posted 12/29/2013 10:25:35 AM
Dont do it now.

Wait for DDR4 to come out and new chipsets.

Then upgrade
#4ShubPosted 12/29/2013 10:26:25 AM
No, but obviously the motherboard controls what CPUs you can use, and something that's 4 years old is going to limit you to ~4-year-old CPUs, which isn't great.
Support for 8 GB of RAM is hardly an accomplishment these days, but as 8 GB is the sweet spot, get that. Hopefully your motherboard supports DDR2, not 3.
As for supporting nVidia cards, well, that's nothing special. If your motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot, it can support any video card that uses a PCI Express x16 slot, all the way to the Radeon R9 290X or GeForce GTX 780 Ti.
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#5BonerFreedom(Topic Creator)Posted 12/29/2013 10:36:00 AM
It currently has a amd phenom 2 x6 1055 t. Also holds 16 gigs as I currently have 8 and have a few more slots
#6ShubPosted 12/29/2013 10:37:10 AM
So what's your current video card and what upgrades are you planning on purchasing?
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#7GwendalPosted 12/29/2013 10:39:49 AM(edited)
It's also important for building powerful systems in the sense that if you want a SLI/Crossfire dual GPU setup, you're obviously going to need a motherboard that supports that. Note that some only support one or the other, like mine which only supports Crossfire.
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#8BonerFreedom(Topic Creator)Posted 12/29/2013 10:39:53 AM
Gtx 550 ti. Was looking at the higher up at gtx series aince this one has treated me so well. Maybe the 680
#9BonerFreedom(Topic Creator)Posted 12/29/2013 10:42:48 AM
Mother board is ACPI x64
#10ShubPosted 12/29/2013 10:42:59 AM
Ok, I guess any recent video card would be an upgrade from a 550 Ti... definitely don't get a 680 though, get a 770, it's cheaper and performs about the same if not better. That said, your CPU will hold the card's performance back.
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