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im planning to buy GTX 670 but im currently using AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.40GHz & M3N78-VM motherboard....which is quite old. So im wondering which inexpensive yet goodly motherboard will do well with the CPU and GTX 670? And which PSU will provide enough power for all these??
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post #2 of 17
You could go with This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186199

overclock it to ~4Ghz in order to avoid any bottlenecks

For Power, consider this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
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Unless you're planning on upgrading your CPU and memory as well, I would simply stick with the current motherboard that you have. As I don't know what PSU you currently own (which may or may not be enough for your setup), then a good quality 500W PSU will be fine.

Check this out for recommended PSU's
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

(Of course and O/c will help not not limit your new GPU, but I would wait on investing in a new board until you're ready or have the funds to upgrade the rest of the system)
Edited by appleg33k85 - 2/18/13 at 5:59am
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I don't know if I would drop coin on a new motherboard honestly. I'd see how high you can get the CPU without increasing the vcore (probably a couple clicks). Good motherboards cost $140-200. Save your cash for something else.

As for the PSU the PSU you have now should be plenty. Again something I would save your cash for. You could maybe use that money to upgrade to a 680 top or something like that. Or you could get a water cooling kit for the GPU because if you water cool it the GPU will run in boost mode 100% of the time.

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post #5 of 17
I wouldn´t recommend upgrading your current setup very much. I dont know which psu it is but 650w is fine for a 965 and Gtx 670.
Its better to wait with it and upgrade later your Cpu + MB in one step.

But if you want to uprade to a better Psu 550 Watt is enough for your setup but make sure its high qualitiy like from corsair, rosewill, seasonic..

Edit: sorry thought the psu is 650 not 600 watts. But 600 is enough too.
Edited by Pandora51 - 2/18/13 at 6:06am
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So u guys saying juz go with the gtx 670 without a new MB? But wouldn't the MB abit too old for it?

http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M3N78VM/
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post #7 of 17
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So u guys saying juz go with the gtx 670 without a new MB? But wouldn't the MB abit too old for it?

http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M3N78VM/

No I believe it supports PCIe 16x 2.1. A new motherboard wouldn't get you to 3.0 you would still be at 2.1 so there is no benefit in a new motherboard except it's ability to OC your processor further.

If you want a new board then you might as well buy a 8320 or 8350 and the cheapest motherboard that will go with it.

A 8320 is $180 and a AM3+ motherboard starts at $50 just make sure the 8320 is in the supported list for whatever motherboard you get. If you want to do it in steps you could grab a AM3+ board now and the cpu later.

I wouldn't spend much on the motherboard unless you are going to be overclocking. The problem is that the motherboards start to skyrocket in price once you start adding in complicated power deliveries. You can get an MSI 125w capable board for around $50 or if you want something better then grab a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 ~$140.

Don't buy unless you are going to get an 8320 or 8350 though. Right now those processors are about as good as you can get from either sides of the fence and that is coming from an Intel fan.
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No I believe it supports PCIe 16x 2.1. A new motherboard wouldn't get you to 3.0 you would still be at 2.1 so there is no benefit in a new motherboard except it's ability to OC your processor further.

If you want a new board then you might as well buy a 8320 or 8350 and the cheapest motherboard that will go with it.

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Don't buy unless you are going to get an 8320 or 8350 though. Right now those processors are about as good as you can get from either sides of the fence and that is coming from an Intel fan.

In the website that i post it says the MB is PCIe 2.0 support and not 2.1? What's the difference between 3.0 and 2.1 anyway?
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In the website that i post it says the MB is PCIe 2.0 support and not 2.1? What's the difference between 3.0 and 2.1 anyway?
About 3 FPS difference.
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In the website that i post it says the MB is PCIe 2.0 support and not 2.1? What's the difference between 3.0 and 2.1 anyway?
About 3 FPS difference.

No FPS unless you have 2 high end cards. Your processor has to support 3.0 as well as your motherboard AFAIK (I might be wrong) but anything 3.0 is only important for sli and xfire because PCIe 8x @ 3.0 is as fast as PCIe 16x @2.1 also 2.0 is fine all specs are supposed to be forward and backwards compatible. It didn't actually end up that way and some people do have issues but you would know right away if that happened to you.
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