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The Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 can be had for less cost with a 955, in a non-combo deal. I find it to be better than the ASUS M4A87TD EVO. Great low RDS, quality 8+2 phase, mosfet heatsink expandability (as in, full size MOS-88, not just the little MOS-C1s), SATAIII/USB3. Then again, I'm just a very very particular fan of Gigabyte AMD mobos I usually suggest Gigabyte AMD mobos when they're great for the price. The exception would be GA-890GPA-UD3H, they really screwed up that one especially for x6.
I think it's worth the extra money for a high quality board. There's some extra headroom price wise now but not enough to fit a GTX460 in, which would be my other choice for an nice performance bump. So maybe I'll consider swapping out the 79x for that gigabyte...
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post #32 of 42
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What about the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO though? It looks like it has some really solid Mobo cooling, and as a plus has onboard video which could come in handy for the client at some point if he needs to take the card out. I also like the way they engineered the USB3 ports so you could plug in an frontpanel cable internally.
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post #33 of 42
With a budget of $700+ you're into Intel territory...have you tried considering 1156/1155 (when they fix the SATA issue)?
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With a budget of $700+ you're into Intel territory...have you tried considering 1156/1155 (when they fix the SATA issue)?
Eh I don't know, that's not very far into Intel territory... I'd prefer getting a little higher quality AMD setup.

And it's not $700 plus, it's $700 shipped There is no room beyond that cap. It includes all final costs.
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post #35 of 42
$700 is a very optimal budget area for an AMD system IMO.
M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 seems pretty decent, though if the CrossfireX 8x-8x is not really needed just go for the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, pretty much same thing just without that.
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We do have a Fry's within driving distance...might be an idea.
Obvious WIN!
Fry's has bunch of combo deals all the time! Pretty much free mobo for price of cpu
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Obvious WIN!
Fry's has bunch of combo deals all the time! Pretty much free mobo for price of cpu
Maybe so but I'm not personally within driving distance of it. And I don't actually know this guy in person so unless he has a clue about what he's doing I'm not sure it's the best plan.
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$700 is a very optimal budget area for an AMD system IMO.
M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 seems pretty decent, though if the CrossfireX 8x-8x is not really needed just go for the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, pretty much same thing just without that.
Yeah that's what I ended up doing, I like the extra heatsinks on the EVO-V plus onboard gpu redundancy is nice, and he won't be doing crossfire so it's a moot point.

Here's my updated build.

*Changes*

Upgraded motherboard w/ better cooling + USB3 & SATA6 support

Upgraded video card from GTS450 to GTX 460 SE

Swapped RAM for higher quality brand. (The original pick seemed to have an unusually high number of Dead on Arrival reports...)

Swapped PSU due to a combo deal no longer being compatible. Still a highly rated brand but a little lower wattage.

Is it alright if I use a power supply with only 1x 4pin CPU power connector with this CPU????

Total price is now $685 before rebates are even factored in so it's a nice sweet spot.
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Alright final update, looks like trying to run a 125w cpu off a 4 pin is probably a bad idea so i upped the PSU to one with 4+4pin power.

There was a 500w & 600w and only 5 dollars difference between them...so I went with the 600 it's modular too which is nice.

Final update for now. Price stands at $704.68, little over budget but should be ok.

Edited by [\/]Paris - 2/4/11 at 1:55am
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post #40 of 42
$5 promo code for HEC Blitz
Buy F3 1TB at Amazon or Superbiiz
And suddenly you're within budget...

1 4-pin won't be a problem, but I'm not a fan of OCZ PSUs.
I looked at the PSU/price range though; not modular, but it looks like a perfect PSU to fit that price range would be Antec's NEO ECO 620W. Much more reliable, and it costs $65 after promo code, $45 AR
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