My main desktop gaming PC has been BSODing for a while now and after some fault finding it's time for the mobo to be replaced.
Currently I have an ATX mobo in a full tower case which to be honest, takes up a bit more room than is convenient or necessary. My thinking is that I can downsize my PC whilst I'm replacing the Mobo and keep most of the same components.
- I currently have a Phenom x4 956 BE that is only 6 months or so old.
- I feel no need to change my HD6950 just yet.
- I am using a 120GB SSD as the main OD boot drive and could mange without a mechanical HDD
- I am using a Khuler H70 CPU cooler that saves quite a bit on internal space
- I currently have a Xonar DX PCI card for Dolby Surround Headphone gaming
- I currently have a PCI wireless card (Obviously, if the wireless is integrated into the mobo then that saves me one PCI slot.)
Now, are there any clever solutions that will let me fit the same PC in a much smaller envelope? will be replacing the motherboard but can also replace the processor if it unlocks better mobo options/features and/or performance for gaming.
As I'm upgrading the mobo, I'd ideally like to be able to get USB3, SATA3 & UEFI BIOS specced.
So the last requirements are:
- The upgrade can't cost the earth; ideally around £300 tops for mobo, CPU & case
- System should be quiet
- SLI/Crossfire not required
- 2 RAM slots fine
Note: Overclocking not really a requirement.