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How do the M5A97 boards compare to that ASrock? They're about the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=M5A97&x=0&y=0
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I bought my 955 of craigslist for 40 bucks. I say wait.
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There is nothing wrong with waiting, esp if your budget is low. In all honesty your budget should raise as time goes on, or else you are doing it wrong
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post #14 of 22
Core i3 2100 - 124.99
Msi p67 g43 - 129.99 - 109.99 after mir

2100 torches everything Amd in all games and p67 is futureproof allowing you to upgrade to ivy bridge
Edited by ecnelitsep - 8/11/11 at 4:13am
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post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Raizy View Post
How do the M5A97 boards compare to that ASrock? They're about the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=M5A97&x=0&y=0
M5A97 is my suggestion for what the OP is looking for. Also, for the uses you are listing you could go with a 555 and save a few more $. Take the extra $ you would have spent on a 955 and use it to get some peppy memory, which will be more noticable in gaming type applications than 4 cores instead of 2.
    
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My oppinion is to Not go for bulldozer. I got a Awsome Bare chip Phenom 925 quad for like 70$ on newegg and its been Quite impressive. I got it at 3.8 ghz and havent had to touch anymore than 1.4v

Anyways if you wait out a year or so. theres gonna be alot cheaper alternatives + the bulldozer would drop down in price. No games will utilize all those cores
Bulldozer will be more than twice as fast as your chip.

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Originally Posted by Raizy View Post
How do the M5A97 boards compare to that ASrock? They're about the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=M5A97&x=0&y=0
Very little difference. Don't the ASRock ones support CF though?

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Originally Posted by ecnelitsep View Post
Core i3 2100 - 124.99
Msi p67 g43 - 129.99 - 109.99 after mir

2100 torches everything Amd in all games and p67 is futureproof allowing you to upgrade to ivy bridge
Ok sure, games

What about multitasking? What about anything multithreaded? Hell, what about multithreaded games?
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=289

looks like the amd did better in lfd and fallout. and keeps acceptable FPS in the games I didn't do as good as. Plus you can OC it a lot higher than the i3 and get even better results. Also that shows that AMD is indeed better at multitasking. I don't think you'd notice a huge difference in performance with either one. But if you wanna OC go with the AMD chip.
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post #18 of 22
The Asus 970 board is the exact one I picked up, it supports CF as well and for 99.99 it cannot be touched for that price. However if your intentions are to get something you will be happy with for the next year? I say go with the i3-2100 and a Z68 board [ Z68's can be had for 100-115.00 and he gets better feature sets aka smart response with Gigabyte and can still overclock depending on power phase and a K series CPU in the future.]

If you love AMD, go with the 970 and a Phenom II 555 BE and wait awhile. 8 cores is very crazy but they will have 4 core variants if I am not mistaken. All about your upgrade path,patience level and the performance you are after right at the moment you hit the Buy button

edit: With a September release date for the FX chips I would probably just wait the extra two weeks and see what happens. Even if they are not in your budget, the 955 will drop below the 100 price point while supplies last, at least that is my prediction.
Edited by Dirkonis - 8/11/11 at 10:58am
post #19 of 22
Forget Bulldozer until it gets released. No point waiting for it when it looks like it will be a disappointment already. I personally HAVE to wait for it because I can't build a new rig until Christmas. And knowing AMD Bulldozer still will probably not have been released yet besides the server crap one. Whichever is more cost effective between BD and SB i'll get. If I was able to build one now, I would have went with SB a long time ago and I suggest you do the same.
post #20 of 22
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There is a good budget mobo for $112.86 shipped. It is an ASRock 970 EXTREME 4.
I have this, looks good so far
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