You may ask yourself, who would spend the money on a used motherboard, for a cpu five years after the fact? Are you crazy?? And I would counter by saying that in the upgrade cycle you often look for the best bang for the buck. That means that normally it looks like this. Ram, video card, video card, new pc. However, since I opted to get an unlocked K processor I always had the option of over clocking it. The time has finally come. So with this rig, my upgrade path can look like this, ram, video card, cpu, video card, new rig.
I’m hoping that for around $120 dollars I can get around a 20% increase in performance by taking my cpu from 3.3Ghz with a 3.6Ghz boost to a 4.3 to 4.5Ghz. This over clock should also benefit my 7950 and allow it to get some more frames as well before later this year updating that to a 1060.
So how does one find a reliable motherboard from five years ago? EBay of course.. So at the moment the search is on for a Z77 based board with a good history of overclockng and a good archive of users who have successfully overclocked.
In the next update we will go over the motherboards ice been looking at and hopefully talk about the one I’ve actually purchased.