Summary: is it possible to get a cheap motherboard that supports an AMD CPU, 2 Nvidia GPUs and AHCI for SSDs?

UPDATE: Turns out the SSD works with the old setup (thanks, @Journeyman). I now have the SSD along with the newer Nvidia on my system. I have a spare Nvidia 560 Ti.

I built a PC 5 years ago with an AMD Phenom II X6 1100T CPU.

I bought an SSD recently but realized that it has problems due to lack of AHCI support on my motherboard.

I had an Nvidia 560Ti but recently upgraded to an Nvidia GTX750.

I'm planning to buy a new budget motherboard. I want one that supports SSD/AHCI, but since I have 2 Nvidia GPUs, I was wondering if it is worth getting a motherboard that supports multiple GPUs.

  • I've installed SSDs on motherboards as old as a core 2 duo from 2007. anything modern would do AHCI. or even NVMe over m.2 . What sort of budget is budget? What parts do you intend to reuse? – Journeyman Geek Sep 12 '16 at 5:11
  • I had an ASUS M4A87T motherboard. I was hoping to spend $50 - $80 on a new one, since PCpartpicker lists some in that price range ([ASRock 970 EXTREME4 w/ 2-way SLI], [ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 w/ (Quad) CrossfireX]). I'd like to use all the parts mentioned (CPU, 2 GPUs, SSD). I wanted to get my hands dirty with dual GPUs, but won't do it if it isn't worth it. – Salmonstrikes Sep 12 '16 at 5:24
  • My BIOS only allows IDE mode for my SATA connected SSD, although I bought it in 2011. Strangely, this document does mention AHCI: manualslib.com/manual/431245/Asus-M4a87t.html?page=54. I will double check. I'd still like to upgrade if a dual-GPU makes a significant difference in in-game performance. – Salmonstrikes Sep 12 '16 at 5:27
  • Update: @Journeyman: Turns out my SSD works with my old motherboard. Now I just need to know whether it's worth getting a new motherboard for SLI / Crossfire – Salmonstrikes Sep 12 '16 at 7:30

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