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I just won a slightly used AMD FX-4170 CPU off eBay.
(Which can not work with my current 880G MB)
Not sure if it's worth it to spend $110 for a Gigabyte GA-970-UD3 or just get a $70 MSI 970?
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

I just won a slightly used AMD FX-4170 CPU off eBay.
(Which can not work with my current 880G MB)
Not sure if it's worth it to spend $110 for a Gigabyte GA-970-UD3 or just get a $70 MSI 970?
Well MSI has the highest rate of VRM Failure then any other company. I would go with that Giga-byte or an AsRock Extreme 3. If you are planning on upgrade to an 8 core within the next year or 2 then I would go with the Giga-byte.
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post

Well MSI has the highest rate of VRM Failure then any other company. I would go with that Giga-byte or an AsRock Extreme 3. If you are planning on upgrade to an 8 core within the next year or 2 then I would go with the Giga-byte.

Might go for the Asrock 970 Extreme 4, it's on sale for $88 with fee shipping.
and the GA-970 UD3 is going up in price.
Would prefer to find a retailer close to me for either board, for a local pick up.
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post

I would go with that Giga-byte or an AsRock Extreme 3

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ~ ASRock 970 Extreme4 > ASRock 970 Extreme3

You can't compare GA-970A-UD3 with ASRock Extreme3...
Edited by jacqlittle - 2/21/13 at 2:29am
post #5 of 10
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Ended up ordering the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3.
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That was the right choice. You're going to want to overclock any Bulldozer, especially a quad-core model. The 8+2 VRMs on the UD3 are going to be helpful when you do.
     
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post #7 of 10
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Just finished installing and updating bios, works fine.
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post #8 of 10
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Just finished installing and updating bios, works fine.
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post #9 of 10
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Problem.
Replaced the AMD 945 with the FX-4170, works fine at default setting.
When I try to change the memory timings from 6.66 to 8.00 and reboot, the motherboard gives me an "overclocking" error and has to reset it's self back to 6.66.
Not sure what the problem is as my 945 CPU had no problem running memory (2133) at 8.00.
I'm I missing some CPU setting I need to change to match with memory timings?
Or does the FX4170 not like working with 8.00 memory setting?

I was hopeful to get the memory to 1866.
Edited by Tacoboy - 2/23/13 at 3:47pm
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post #10 of 10
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Posted problem at Corsair website forum and they gave me the correct memory setting, running at 9.33 (1866Mhz).
So plus 1 for Corsair.
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