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800 series boards are last years tech. If you really are thinking Bulldozer then you want a 900 series board with an AM3+ socket. If you do not plan on having multiple graphics cards then what you need is a 970. I just replaced the Biostar A879U3 in my sig rig with the brand new ASUS M5A97 EVO and other than a problem installing XP for a dual boot (XP/Win7), which I eventually managed with help from the folks here at OCN smile.gif, this board has performed amazingly well and is LOADED with features. I went from a fast little RatRod to a F-ing Cadillac with this upgrade wave2.gif.

I am currently still running the 555BE in this new board until I can get a Bulldozer. I have the 555 running at a perky 3.9 Ghz with the ASUS Auto overclock feature which has worked perfectly with 1 click of the mouse to overclock. This setup handles the heaviest games that I have and never runs above about 60% CPU usage with this little dual core. Realisitically I do not need a BD. I guess I am just getting one for grins cool.gif The EVO version has a better VRM setup than the plain M5A97 and is probably worth the extra $25 if you intend to go with a BD or if you want to OC a 4 or 6 core.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131757 M5A97 EVO

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im not into O'cing so maybe a M5A97 would do but if BD requires a good VRM setup thats another bucks for me =((
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i have an idea, what if instead of getting a x6 1055t, i would rather buy a phenom II x4 965 BE? and then put in a M5A97/EVO mobo? is this good?
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i have an idea, what if instead of getting a x6 1055t, i would rather buy a phenom II x4 965 BE? and then put in a M5A97/EVO mobo? is this good?
In my humble opinion this would be the best thing for you. I actually purchased the M5A97 EVO for a build for my dad, who has a few more sheckles in his piggy bank than I do. If I had been shopping for myself I would have gotten the plain M5A97. It has all the same features as the M5A97 EVO, just a little less onboard power capability. I ended up using the Biostar board listed in my current sig rig for his build because I was initially unable to get a dual boot XP/Win7 working on the ASUS board. A day before I shipped his new rig to him I cracked the dual boot problem on the M5, but it was too late to rebuild so I ended up with the ASUS M5 and he has the Biostar. For his needs the Biostar is perfect, as he will never do any type od OC'ing or drop a BD in.

So, my answer would be that yes, you should go for the M5A97 with a 955BE(or965). For the games that exist today my M5A97 EVO/555BE does just fine. Any limitations in graphics heavy games (of which I have had none) are more related to the GPU than the CPU. If you have the slightest inclination that you will want to go with a BD in the future I would spend the extra $25 and get the EVO. If not then you will be fine with the plain M5A97. I will go out on a limb here and predict that the ASUS M5A9x series of boards will become as popular as the all-time best selling ASUS P4C800 series of boards that ruled the gaming universe for several years.
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i was considering this setup when i read your comment =)) i think this is the wisest thing to do.
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Depends on what you mean by performance...
Will you get more fps in games? No
Will your computer run faster? No
Will you get a better overclock from the cpu? Most likely yes
Then you also have better support for multiple graphics cards
The more expensive boards also have some nice additional bells and whistles which come with the price premium

It really depends on what you're looking for.
They redone the SB sata controller and my SSD is running a little faster and smoother. I haven't had time to played any games to see if I have better FPS. Which I don't think that it will be better. So far it seems to run faster like surf the net and running programs. Which I do mostly video editing stuff.
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for gaming, what would be the factor(s) for good fps? is it additional 2 cores or higher clock speed?
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for gaming, what would be the factor(s) for good fps? is it additional 2 cores or higher clock speed?
I can tell you what I have found out in the last two weeks while trying out both a 555BE and a 955BE in the M5A97 EVO. They are both actually the same 3.2 Ghz chip - the 555 being only 2 cores and the 955 4 cores. All of the games that I tried played exactly the same with either of these CPUs. CPU usage graphs looked pretty much the same. As far as I know, no current games actually use more than 2 cores but this will eventually change. A 4 (or 6) core will have extra capacity to run other programs while your game is running though. The 4 core I put in my dad's build with the Biostar board so his machine is more future proof compared to mine with only 2. BUT, I intend to get a BD eventually and he does not want to have to bother with upgrading anytime soon. This isn't exactly what you were asking, but I think the answer to whether more cores or extra speed is better for games is that more speed would be the winner in most cases if the rest of the system is the same.
    
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but when games or programs were made for a 6 core cpu then that would be their throne. But when would that happen? and when BD comes out, it will be 8 cores, programs would then adjust for addtional 2 cores. yay it seems like future proofing its not that applicable right now. its hard for me to decide because it is also hard to buy 1055t here in our place, thats why im considering a x4 955 BE or x4 965 BE for my build.
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I think either of those choices will treat you fine. Realistically a 955 will probably play any game for the next 4 or 5 years, and by that time there will probably be 5 Ghz 32 core CPUs or something crazy like that. I am more a Gamer than a "computer buff" and I am completely pleased with my current 2 core setup. I play mostly RTS/Battle Simulation type games and the new ones do have very high CPU/GPU requirements, but still a bit less than the top FPS games like Crysis. From what I can gather about what you would like to do with your new build I do not see the point in going for a 6 core. That extra $ would be put to better use in a better video card as opposed to having 2 more cores that wont do a whole lot but look neat on a benchmark graph.
    
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