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Well, I took a plunge..

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I've ordered myself an Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard. I was sick of my crap (current) motherboard, for all intents and purposes. The Asus Crosshair IV Formula should keep me happy with USB 3.0 for my external HDD, SATA-III for my storage HDD and perhaps some better overclocking potential for my CPU (lower voltage and thus maybe a bit more clock speed).

The thing that put me off at first was the Socket AM3, considering Bulldozer. In either case I keep hearing some Bulldozer CPUs will at first come out on Socket AM3 rather than AM3+ so there's some hope there. If there is actually none, nevermind, I'll wait it out for a while and see what both AMD and Intel come up with and upgrade accordingly (if the itch gets to me). I'm sure that I'll be able to sell on the Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard in the near-ish future anyway!
    
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That's awesome!

It seems like you really hate your current board. What bothered you about it? I'm just curious...

Jake
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Could've just waited for AM3+ to be released, then you could use your 1090T with it until BD is released
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But like he said, he should be able to resell it once AM3+ comes out. Guys like myself will buy it.
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Indeed!
I'm also unsure as to my future "loyalty". It truly depends on benchmarks and prices (this can be an issue with Intel CPUs). Basically I'll see how Intel's Ivy Bridge pits against AMD's Bulldozer.

What bothers me about my motherboard is:

- Only has a 4-pin power connector for the CPU
- Has a lot of voltage variation
- Requires a lot of CPU voltage to get any decent overclock (I also used this motherboard with an X4 965 and the experience was very similar)
- Lack of USB 3.0 support
- Lack of SATA-III support

One thing I do like about it is that there's a standard PCI slot at the very bottom, allowing me to slot in my sound card alongside my graphics card, which has a massive custom cooling system attached to it that eats the rest of the space over my motherboard. With the Asus Crosshair IV Formula, I will have to do away with this cooling system and just stick to stock cooling (should be ok though with faster fan speeds - I don't know why I ever bought the custom cooling for the graphics card!).
    
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Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E Asus ROG Rampage V Extreme Intel X99 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Corsair Vengeance Red LED 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-300... 
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Samsung 840 500GB SSD (SATA-6Gbps) Western Digital Black 1TB 64MB Cache HDD (SATA-... Western Digital Black 4TB 64MB Cache HDD (SATA-... NZXT Kraken X52 & 2x Corsair SP120 RGB 120mm Fa... 
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EVGA ACX 3.0 (Graphics Card) 4x Corsair SP120 RGB 120mm Case Fans IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound Microsoft Windows 10 Home 
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Logitech G502 Proteus Core ModMyMachine SlamePad Aluminium Magnum Champagne Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZxR 2x Acoustic Energy Aego M 2.1 Speakers & 1 Cent... 
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Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250Ohm Headphones (Dynam... Saitek X-55 Rhino HOTAS Logitech G27 Racing Steering Wheel HTC Vive 
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Samsung 840 500GB SSD (SATA-6Gbps) Western Digital Black 1TB 64MB Cache HDD (SATA-... Western Digital Black 4TB 64MB Cache HDD (SATA-... NZXT Kraken X52 & 2x Corsair SP120 RGB 120mm Fa... 
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