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I'm not really up to date with today's specs when it comes to amd rigs. So I was wondering what gpu fits well with the 970, 990x & 990fx chipsets. I'm planning to build a 500$ rig for a friend, so i'm going to use an amd cpu/mobo to cut the price.


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You can really use anything you want for single GPU solution. The motherboard will determine crossfire or sli features though if you want to go down that route. AMD will release the 9xxx series cards next month from what I have been reading.
Edited by Theroty - 9/4/13 at 4:27pm
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Yeah they all work the same. Nvidia cards will work just fine on an AMD chipset. I wouldnt worry about that. Buy what you like and what you can find the best deal on.
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Try and go for a 990FX chipset at least. That will make sure the motherboard can handle future upgrades and overclocking. Gigabyte's 990FX UD3 is a decent board for a reasonable price. As for the GPU, any of those motherboards will be fine, AMD or NVidia, it does not matter. As for gaming with the 970 chipest; I have a M5A97 with a 7850 and they play games like champs imo. But I wish I would have spent more on the motherboard because I got the OC itch and the M5A97 isn't the best OC'er, or hasn't been for me. Cheers.
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Originally Posted by Theroty View Post

You can really use anything you want for single GPU solution. The motherboard will determine crossfire or sli features though if you want to go down that route. AMD will release the 9xxx series cards next month from what I have been reading.

Pretty much this

And try and get a good mid rqnge 990fx
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990fx chipset is the best..
next would be 890fx..then 880 probably.
I have a friend that's selling an m5a99-something for $65..PM if interested.
 
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Any modern motherboard can handle any modern GPU. All GPUs intended for consumers fit into PCI-E x16 slots, and all motherboards have at least one of those. Performance for any particular video card will be identical regardless of the motherboard you get, for all intents and purposes.

Note that all of the above applies to single GPU configurations. If you want to have more than one GPU running at once, then you need to pay more attention to motherboard choice.

At the moment, when it comes the AM3+ motherboards, you basically want a 970 motherboard for standard one-GPU configurations. For example: Gigabyte 970a-ud3. If you want more than one video card (unusual), then you should spend more for a 990fx motherboard. For example: Gigabyte 990fx-ud3. Extra video card capacity is the primary difference between the base 970 and 990fx chipsets.
    
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