Hi everyone! So I'll go over my current problem very quickly; I bought a custom built PC about 5 years ago, with the below speccs:
750 GB SATA-II HDD 7200 RPM 16MB
2x Corsair 8GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x4GB) - Lifetime Warranty (DDR3)
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked (4 x 3.3GHz) 6MB
1280MB EVGA GTX 570 HD Superclocked, 40nm, 3900MHz GDDR5, GPU 797MHz, Shader 1594MHz, 480 Cores
Corsair 700W Gaming PSU - Low Noise
Samsung 24x DVD Re-Writer/Reader /- RW- Black - Lightscribe (SATA)
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
90GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD SATA-III, Read 525MB/s, Write 500MB/s - Silent
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 (Intel Z68)
Windows 7 (upgraded to 10)
My prime use for the PC is gaming, but it also serves as my home computer. I recently ran into some blue screen problems, and after taking the device to multiple shops, I've now been informed my Motherboard has some water damage, and needs to be replaced (I've also been told my GPU has some minor issues too, but that this shouldn't actually be causing me any problems).
Considering the fact that my device is a few years old now, I'm having trouble finding the same Motherboard, and I've been told by the shop that I'll need to either go for a low-end motherboard that will decrease my performance and doesn't have SLI capabilities, or fork up some serious cash and go for a new high-end motherboard which would also need a new CPU and RAM.
I'm very keen on upgrading my device, but would rather spend the extra cash on a GTX970 or 1060, and not waste it on a high-end motherboard and CPU that would likely not affect my performance all that much. That being said, I'd also rather not run into this problem again in the near future, as my budget for upgrades is very much finite and time-limited. I've looked around at some of the specc comparison websites, but am having trouble finding a motherboard that fits my needs, but also doesn't need me to upgrade my CPU/Ram.
I'd appreciate any valid advice on the best next step; what Motherboard would you suggest as a replacement for my current one, that doesn't cause me any loss of performance, but also doesn't require a new CPU (and wouldn't be difficult to find). And if that isn't possible, which Motherboard/CPU combination would you suggest that won't break the bank for me?
Thanks very much in advance.
Edited by hamluis, 23 December 2016 - 01:18 PM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.