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So I have decided to purchase a Gigabyte 990FXA and a new CPU to upgrade my computer.

But I'm unsure as to what CPU is the best choice for the 990FXA
I'm looking for something around the $100 price range, 150~170 is my limit.

All input welcome! Thanks lads!
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I would suggest one of the phenom chips or maybe a new bulldozer chip. Right now the phenom's are a better bang for your buck in terms of performance. Let's hope piledriver is great!
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The 960T can be had for ~$120; on your budget the highest-end BD processor you can get is the FX-6200 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106010)

I recommend you check benchmarks of the FX series versus some Phenom II's though, after switching to Intel from my previous AM3 Phenom II X4 955 BE build I haven't kept up with AMD as of much lately
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At current market prices I would go with the 960T.
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My Phenom II 1100t for $150.

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post #6 of 22
At current market prices, and considering you're getting a new motherboard anyway, I suggest getting a Sandy Bridge.

You could probably get a Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P and an i3 2120 for the same price as a 990FXA-UD3 and an x4 960t.

It depends on what you use the PC for of course, and what components you are reusing.

*edit*

I5 2400 - $179 ($10 off promo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

You'll be able to overclock that by changing the turbo core multiplier a small amount (I think about 3.8ghz), and that will cream AMD equivalents. I'm an AMD fan, always will be (last rig was a 990FXA-UD3 and 1090t at 4ghz), but I do think this is the best option currently.
Edited by willibj - 3/21/12 at 8:38pm
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by BlueAsylum View Post

So I have decided to purchase a Gigabyte 990FXA and a new CPU to upgrade my computer.
But I'm unsure as to what CPU is the best choice for the 990FXA
I'm looking for something around the $100 price range, 150~170 is my limit.
All input welcome! Thanks lads!

If you have a Microcenter nearby then go with the 960t + GA-990FXA-UD3 Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX AMD Motherboard bundle for $160.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

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post #8 of 22
This is the combo I would get that is around that price-range:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.850839
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271


Cancel all of that! Get the deal listed above instead, as stated below.
Edited by willibj - 3/21/12 at 8:57pm
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Originally Posted by Eggy View Post

If you have a Microcenter nearby then go with the 960t + GA-990FXA-UD3 Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX AMD Motherboard bundle for $160.
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
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Holy sweet mother of Batman-Jesus.

Get this deal, absolutely, and unequivocally. And if you don't have a microcenter near you, then find a family member or friend who does and get them to buy it and ship it to you.

This is the best price/performance deal you will find, period. Use the money saved for 8gb ram, a decent cooler, and if you can find good deals, a 2nd 6850. You'll be blown away.
post #10 of 22
At that price either get a 960T or the fastest x4 phenom ii you can get. The 960T has the better memory controller from the x6 (thuban) so will allow for higher cpu-nb overclocks and also can potentially unlock to a 6 core. The other denab x4's are strong too and if your new to overclocking come at a higher clock depending on the model you get so you wont feel to stressed to overclock it right away.

If your ok with used a 1090/1100t overclocked past 4ghz is fast. Mine at 4244mhz was GREAT.

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My Phenom II 1100t for $150.
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Dam if that is prime stable at only 1.5v thats a golden 1100t lol, I could only get 4244mhz at 1.50(load) sold mine with asus CHV for I think it was $280-300 dont remember was 2-3months ago when i decided to play with a 2500k
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