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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15542225 
The VRM failures that were prone to issues were the EXTREMELY low end Gigabyte boards, and all of the MSI 4 phase boards. ASRock and Asus both use throttling, so when the VRMs get too toasty, your system will just throttle itself so it doesn't overheat.

You can use the ASRock board you're looking at, it'll work fine, and won't LIKELY encounter any problems. However with a Thuban (don't bother with Bulldozer if you're gaming), then you should look into something a LITTLE bit more beefy. You could use the 960T instead of the 1055T though. It might even clock better. smile.gif

The 960T would be a great choice but getting one in the UK is next to impossible without overseas shipping, I'm lurking the For sale threads and seeing what I can find, I only have £185 so £90-100ish for the motherboard I have £85-95 for the CPU which isn't enough for a 1055T, but that's where the For sale threads come in!
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Originally Posted by eltocliousus;15542236 
The Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 and MSI 990XA-GD55 are only a little bit more expensive ($20) and offer 8+2, hard to choose between them though.

How about these?

Asus M5A97 - $99 plus shipping
Pros: Will take any CPU you want to the sky and back. Absolutely solid motherboard. AM3+
Cons: Lacks SLI / Crossfire support due to 16x / 8x.

Asus M5A99X EVO - $149 free shipping
Pros: Same as above but has SLI / Crossfire with 8x / 8x (not a bad thing).
Cons: Doesn't do Tri GPU setups (with 3 separate cards), not free?

EDIT:
Didn't know you were in the UK. doh.gif Try to see what the above boards go for in your shops over there then. smile.gif Those are my favorite ones off newegg for AMD builds.
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You must be looking at EVO, mine is without EVO or PRO

Is this correct info?:

Source: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#specifications

i thought it was the evo frown.gif it is listed that it has a 4+1 power phase design
post #24 of 45
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15542264 
How about these?

Asus M5A97 - $99 plus shipping
Pros: Will take any CPU you want to the sky and back. Absolutely solid motherboard. AM3+
Cons: Lacks SLI / Crossfire support due to 16x / 8x.

Asus M5A99X EVO - $149 free shipping
Pros: Same as above but has SLI / Crossfire with 8x / 8x (not a bad thing).
Cons: Doesn't do Tri GPU setups (with 3 separate cards), not free?

lovely board for the price smile.gif
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lovely board for the price smile.gif

OP's in the UK though, so newegg won't work for him. frown.gif
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I found the board but it's £110 which is a little out of price range, the most I could go on is the MSI 990XA-GD55 or the Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 AMD, I probably won't be going bulldozer so AM3+ is a bit of a waste, but the AM3 boards are pretty much the same price if not more expensive for the same features or less so I may aswell get an AM3+, just deciding over these two now, or looking through For Sale for a good deal.
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Just take a look at this thread, it has many boards and their phase and if it is recomended or not.
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I just found an FX-6100 for £90 (same price as a 955 and $50 less than a new 1055T) so I'm tempted to go with that, any opinions? Mostly for gaming but I do a bit of everything from time to time.
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I just found an FX-6100 for £90 (same price as a 955 and $50 less than a new 1055T) so I'm tempted to go with that, any opinions? Mostly for gaming but I do a bit of everything from time to time.

Mostly gaming, the 955BE will perform better honestly.
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post #30 of 45
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Would be notice-able? the 955 is a great budget processor but I kind of want to go for something new, and I heard the bulldozers are very overclockable.
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