Originally Posted by xd_1771
$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.
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????
is now $685 before rebates are even factored in so it's a nice sweet spot.