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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.

Yes it would be noticeable. The 955BE was outperforming even the FX8120 in some tests clock for clock. The Bulldozer does overclock pretty far, but that's one of two things it really has going for it. The other thing being the 8 threaded ones do okay in multitasking. Gaming, not so much though.
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4+1 will burn the motherboard when overclocking. that's why I hated the MSI boards. I can't believe they put 4+1 power phase on their high end 890FX board.
No it won't "burn the board".


Traditionally MSI say they use higher quality power phases thus reducing the need to have more of them.
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Think I may go for the 1055T and a Asus M489GTD-Pro then, the Asus M489GTD-Pro is being sold for $130 from someone on this forum (reliable seller) and it seems like a good deal, apparent AM3+ support, 8+2 and it seems like one of the highest end AM3 boards, your opinion is very appreciated pioneerisloud, thanks mate.
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this is all i can find in that price range ..in uk

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-8...-%28x16%29-atx

or this..i've had this board..it's good


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Think I may go for the 1055T and a Asus M489GTD-Pro then, the Asus M489GTD-Pro is being sold for $130 from someone on this forum (reliable seller) and it seems like a good deal, apparent AM3+ support, 8+2 and it seems like one of the highest end AM3 boards, your opinion is very appreciated pioneerisloud, thanks mate.
That's an AM3 board (not AM3+). It does NOT have any of the current Bulldozer FX chips as a supported processor in the CPU Support list.

It does however have a Beta BIOS currently that states:
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Originally Posted by M4A89GTD PRO 3017 Test BIOS
For testing AM3+ CPU Function only, do not update this BIOS while using AM3 or previous type CPUs!
So it SHOULD support the FX line up in the near future.

It supports native Crossfire at 8x / 8x (good). No native SLI (can be a bad thing). It SHOULD support SLI via the SLI hack though (just a simple driver hack, pretty easy to do).

It's a solid overclocker, and an 8+2 phase high quality board. Its a GOOD board, and a solid choice. Used or not, Asus will honor the warranty, as they have 3 years based off serial number.

I say go for it, as long as you don't mind the SLI hack if you want SLI.
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Fantastic that's great, think I may go for that one then! Thanks a lot.
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The asrock extreme 4 is fine for overclocking and x8/x8 CrossFire /sli. Beyond just considering number of vrms, quality and cooling matter as well. Thermal protection, or throttling are present in all but the lowest quality boards (besides previous gen msi) so if you do push it too far catastrophic failure won't be an issue.

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:: you want sli?? i thought xfire...:: if you want SLI ..the choice is different..
 
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:: you want sli?? i thought xfire...:: if you want SLI ..the choice is different..
The OP has a 6870, I doubt he's going to want to SLI....

Even if he does want SLI, there's always the SLI hack anyway. It's not that big of a deal.
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Yes I'll hopefully be getting a second 6870 come Christmas, I think the Asus M489GTD-Pro board seems like a good choice though, the Extreme3 is still very well priced but I'd rather have temperature limit my overclocks than the board, if you know what I mean, with temperature I have a way to go further but with the board.. well I'm stuck, just like my P31 now.
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