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Hey everyone, my name is Nick and my first post is a question. I am starting my first build from scratch and I see all of these different mother boards, and it is pretty confusing to me right now. I am building an affordable gaming computer for myself because I am pretty tired of the consoles.
So far, I have chosen to go with a Sapphire 7970 3gb gpu, a fx-8320 cpu, corsair 8gb memory and a western digital 1tb hd. I don't know what motherboard is compatible with those, or if I need to change things out and what-not. I would like to keep the gpu for sure.
I would appreciate input from the guys who have done this once or twice and really know what they are talking about. Thanks
post #2 of 9
I would suggest the sabertooth mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131877
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Any board labelled AM3+ will work for you.

If you are looking at overclocking, Cross firing the graphics card, setting up raid drives, water cooling etc then you need to look at the specificate functions, brands and models of a motherboard.

Asus is a very big magority on here, personally I go Gigabyte. But another good option is Asrock or EVGA atm.

What is your budget for just the board? And do you plan or can you for see any of the options above being viable?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ginger_nuts View Post

Any board labelled AM3+ will work for you.

Just because you can drive 120mph/200kph through town does not mean you should as the odds are it will not end well.

Just because a premium cpu will physically fit on a cheap motherboard, that does not mean one should do so.
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post #5 of 9
There's also no need to drive around the city in a optioned out SUV.

A buget from the OP would help. Along with future plans.
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I have a budget of about 800-1000$. I would like to be able to play games on it. I don't need to play them on ultra super settings at 300fps on 5 screens lol. I would just like them to look good and run smooth. I also will be using it for little things like school work, surfing the web etc.
post #7 of 9
With that budget any of the upper tier boards will work fine. I suggest a bottom limit of $150 there.

I want to get a 7970 soon.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by miklkit View Post

With that budget any of the upper tier boards will work fine. I suggest a bottom limit of $150 there.

I want to get a 7970 soon.

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Boards to look at are:

990fxa-ud5 rv3.0
asus sabertooth Gen3 R2
even the MSI 990fxa g80 v2 (my friend just got the v2 and its changed my mind a little on msi)

never cheap out on a mobo,

I would also say get an ssd too.
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I'm gonna say Crosshair V biggrin.gif
M5a99x pro will do..
Ta990FXE as well.

I do not believe I've seen an adequate AsRock board for larger AMD chips.
..still scared of MSI.
Giga will work and is solid enough;still not very good for AMD.

other boards that would work:Crosshair 4,m4a89-gtd pro.
 
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