My setup is currently missing a motherboard (which just kicked the bucket), so a new one is on the 'to buy list', and so is some solid state goodness.
PSU - Silverstone Strider Plus 500W
CPU - Intel E8500
RAM - Corsair 2x1 Gb DDR2-800 XMS2 CL4
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD4850 512MB
HDD - 1 x 500Gb Seagate, 2 x 1Tb WD
I don't have the budget to upgrade my cpu or video card as of right now. I am purely seeking a motherboard to fit what I have now. It would be very nice to upgrade to a mobo to support sandy/ivybridge, but I just can't afford to upgrade the cpu at the same time. I also don't see the point doing that, w/o also upgrading my video card. Bulldozer is also out of the question, because my cpu is already well decent enough (that is - I'm more than happy to be running games on ~high with what I have).
What I'm currently looking at getting:
G.SKILL 4GB kit (2x2Gb) - $60
OCZ Vertex 3 90Gb - $220 (60Gb version for $160, but I suspect that may be cutting it fine on space for a win 7 64 bit install. I've read some people having no trouble with space with ~60Gb, whilst others say that it is uncomfortably too little. Other than win7, the only programs other than things like office I need to run on it are mathematics and computational chemistry software which aren't particularly big).
As for the motherboard, I don't have much idea as they're no longer made for socket LGA775. It would need to support at least 5 SATA ports (3xHDD, 1xDVD, 1xSSD). I only want to spend $60-80 - and second hand would be fine - as it will be a temporary motherboard for until the end of the year. Right now I can't find anything that fits my requirements.. My only other option would be to grab a motherboard which supports DDR2 ram, which I'm also having trouble finding..
Any help would be great..