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I am starting a new build which I haven't done in awhile so I need a little help. I have a $500 budget, with that I would like to purchase: processor, motherboard, case, and memory. The other parts are coming from the build in my specs which I will upgrade later on.

I have chosen AMD FX-8320 for my cpu which runs around $150 at Tiger Direct.

I like gaming and overclocking. I will run 32 bit windows and linux on this rig, haven't decided if running 64 bit is worth it.

I am looking for a motherboard that has good overclocking abilities. Some features I would like are: SATAIII, USB 3.0, room to expand if I decide to add cards, etc.
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An M5A99X Evo would probably work for that CPU.It has USB3 And 8 SATA ports. I have the same board for my FX4100 and overclocking with it is a breeze. I did a quick shopping list for you. it's around $500. Have fun building! thumb.gif

ASUS M5A99x Evo

HAF 922

FX 8320

G Skill 16g 1600mHz
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Originally Posted by Majorhi View Post

An M5A99X Evo would probably work for that CPU.It has USB3 And 8 SATA ports. I have the same board for my FX4100 and overclocking with it is a breeze. I did a quick shopping list for you. it's around $500. Have fun building! thumb.gif

ASUS M5A99x Evo

HAF 922

FX 8320

G Skill 16g 1600mHz

What would you recommend for 4GB ram or maybe 8. I'm not sure if I want to run 64bit yet.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SAMSUNG SSD 840 Liteon IHAS 524 DVD writer  XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock (2) EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel 
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(6) Swiftech Helix 120MM 9-Blade Z-Bearing Fan ... (10) XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression... PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4... (2) EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 
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I just threw the 16G in there as an idea for price purposes. If running only 32bit I see no problem going with only 4 or 8. I run 16 as I use vmware a lot to play around with Ubuntu and that fruit flavored OS.
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Originally Posted by hucklebuck View Post

What would you recommend for 4GB ram or maybe 8. I'm not sure if I want to run 64bit yet.
If you have a 32 bit OS, you will only be able to have access to about 3.6 GB of your RAM. So why buy more than 4 GB?

I say you get the 64 bit OS and at least 8 GB of RAM. You should want 64 bit as soon as you want 4+ GB of RAM, and DDR3 is pretty cheap right now if you don't go for the performance memory.
 
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Originally Posted by TND2pointO View Post

If you have a 32 bit OS, you will only be able to have access to about 3.6 GB of your RAM. So why buy more than 4 GB?

I say you get the 64 bit OS and at least 8 GB of RAM. You should want 64 bit as soon as you want 4+ GB of RAM, and DDR3 is pretty cheap right now if you don't go for the performance memory.

I know that 32 bit only supports just under 4GB of ram, I just didn't know if they sold the ram he was speaking of in a 4GB set. I asked about 8GB just in case i decided to go 64 bit.

What are my benefits of getting a 64 bit OS besides being able to use more ram?
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AMD FX-8320 ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 MSI R7950-3GD5/OC BE Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SAMSUNG SSD 840 Liteon IHAS 524 DVD writer  XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock (2) EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Radeon HD 7950 VGA Liquid Cooling Block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm Radiator Swiftech MCP655 XSPC Single Bay Reservoir 5.25" 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(6) Swiftech Helix 120MM 9-Blade Z-Bearing Fan ... (10) XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression... PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4... (2) EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 
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AMD FX-8320 ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 MSI R7950-3GD5/OC BE Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SAMSUNG SSD 840 Liteon IHAS 524 DVD writer  XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock (2) EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Radeon HD 7950 VGA Liquid Cooling Block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm Radiator Swiftech MCP655 XSPC Single Bay Reservoir 5.25" 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(6) Swiftech Helix 120MM 9-Blade Z-Bearing Fan ... (10) XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression... PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4... (2) EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 
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I chose ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 for my motherboard.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SAMSUNG SSD 840 Liteon IHAS 524 DVD writer  XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock (2) EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Radeon HD 7950 VGA Liquid Cooling Block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm Radiator Swiftech MCP655 XSPC Single Bay Reservoir 5.25" 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(6) Swiftech Helix 120MM 9-Blade Z-Bearing Fan ... (10) XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression... PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4... (2) EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 MSI R7950-3GD5/OC BE Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SAMSUNG SSD 840 Liteon IHAS 524 DVD writer  XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock (2) EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Radeon HD 7950 VGA Liquid Cooling Block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm Radiator Swiftech MCP655 XSPC Single Bay Reservoir 5.25" 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(6) Swiftech Helix 120MM 9-Blade Z-Bearing Fan ... (10) XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression... PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4... (2) EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD  Logitech K300 Rosewill Tachyon-650 
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CoolerMaster HAF Stacker 935 Logitech Allsop 
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