Hi all, I would like to pick your brains and ask for your opinions when it comes to building a platform (MB, CPU,RAM) for testing / messing around with older gen GPU's. Essentially to give a bit of a back story, I recently built a Core 2 Quad extreme setup with this very view, but ultimately found it lacking for my specific requirements. Essentially despite convincing myself that I only wanted to test older GPU's (Pre Kepler era), I ended up spending most of my time trying to get my damn Titan to play ball with it. Why you ask? Well, why not... Anyhoo this leads me on to my current build conundrum. Basically I want a platform that can be used for testing older cards (potentially in more than 2 way multi GPU scenarios) whilst also being gutsy enough for more modern applications (think GTX 690 SLI vs 1080Ti in Destiny 2 just for the laugh factor..). I think I have narrowed down my choice to something along the lines of Intel's HEDT X79 or X99 platform or AMD's latest and greatest Ryzen platform. Both platforms have positives and negatives and both offer 6+ cores along with comparable CPU performance across a broad spectrum of games. Assuming the price and board layout works (PCI-e specifically) I would also consider something from Intels pre Skylake range (although once price is factored in Ryzen often ends up looking more attractive). I have a budget of around £300 which needs to include the CPU, Motherboard and RAM. At the moment my head is saying go with the 2600/X370/8GB RAM bundle that Overclockers are doing for £329. It will offer up the CPU performance I want along with enough PCI-e for all but the most extreme of setups (for some reason GTX 480 in Tri SLI is something I really want to experience / test). However, my heart is saying get the HEDT based system specifically to allow the option of the extreme / stupid setups (plus do all the sensible / boring stuff just as well). There is also the pull to try something new (I never owned anything from the HEDT range since my original X58 / 920 build). So opening the floor to you guys, what do you think? With £300 what would you buy to fulfil the requirements I have? Also as a note, I have a X2 4400+ based system with meets my needs to older XP era stuff.