Originally Posted by Zon2020
Why not just add a PCIe expansion card like the SilverStone EC01. Don't know if Newegg sells it, but I think Amazon does. There don't seem to be many expansion cards with the internal 3.0 header, but there are a few.
That seems to only have internal ports. I would want 2 rear and an internal header for my case. Plus I need a half-height one so I would have to look for a HH bracket. Anyone know of any other cards with an internal header?
Originally Posted by renethx
The CPU performance of A6-3500 is more or less identical with Athlon II X2 250. You'd better add an USB 3.0 expansion card instead of replacing CPU and mb, unless you go with A8-3850, ditching HD 5570 too (advantages of A8-3850 over Athlon II X2 250 + HD 5570 are better CPU, 1080p60 AVC hardware decode acceleration, MVC hardware decode acceleration, perfect playback of all contents under madVR [see below]).
BTW Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz + HD 5570 is underpowered for 1080i60 with madVR (try this clip
; CPU is the bottleneck here). It looks like you don't play interlaced contents?
But the A6-3500 is a triple-core. The A6-3500 scores over double the AMD 250 in passmark IIRC. I think the HD6510 is a little slower than the 5570, but I don't have interlaced video.
If I can sell my motherboard, CPU and video card, it would cost me next to nothing to go to an A6-3500.
But I guess I'll just be on the hunt for a PCI-E card with an internal header.
Originally Posted by jeffkro
Yes, there is definitely something better around the corner, but probably not cheaper. Both intel ivy bridge and amd trinity should be a fairly big improvement over whats offered now. I do agree you can cheaply get a usb 3 pcie card, but the more cards you add the more power you consume.