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Best mobo/cpu match for a GTX 280?

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A friend sent me a 280 GTX and I'm looking to build a system that would match up well with it. I don't have much money, so I don't want to go buy a new top of the line processor and motherboard, if I really don't need to.

I'm going to be playing a game called APB (some of you may have heard of it) and it's a huge CPU hog.

So, does anyone have any advice? Thanks in advance.

--Soulie
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For CPU I suggest a Core i7 920 or an AMD 1075/1090T. Since you say money is tight you could even go with a AMD quad core like a 945/965. Should be great with the GTX280. What does everyone else here think not sure what board would be great do you plan to OC it? What RAM and PSU do you plan to run with the combo? Check out the FS threads see if you find some deals on used CPUs might help you on on total money spent.
Edited by Rick Arter - 4/16/11 at 11:18pm
    
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PH2 955+ or C2Q will run that card great! A i7 920 or 1xxxt would be overkill.
    
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Well, before I started this thread, I had a few things picked out. Seems like I wasn't very far off in what you guys were going to suggest.

Where do you guys usually buy your components? I've just been looking around on newegg and tigerdirect. If there's a website that has stuff for even cheaper, let me know.

Anyways, here's what I had picked out.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-727-_-Product

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131651

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231311

I already have an OCZ 800W power supply and my brother might be giving me his raptor HD that he's not using.

Appreciate the help, guys.

P.S. I did plan on overclocking down the road, once I get a new case with 200mm fans and a nice aftermarked cpu heatsink. Is that CPU/MOBO combo I listed not able to be OC'd?
Edited by Soulie - 4/17/11 at 3:41am
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Those parts looks great and should be an excellent match for the GTX280. BTW I always buy from newegg or microcenter since I have one close to me. I have not purchased from Tiger Direct but hear they aren't nearly as good as Newegg.
    
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I'm a tad doubtful your mobo can be a good overclocker. I do not speak of the BIOS capabilities, but rather the power phases, as if you OC that processor they might blow due to stress. I'd recommend you read this thread before checking any other mobo. Especially since the processor you choose has a rather high TDP (125w)
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would this one be better?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130275

This may be important and it's why I'm asking.. but what's the difference between 870 and 870A?
Edited by Soulie - 4/17/11 at 7:04am
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well, i'm not too knowledgeable about AMD (i'm more an Intel gamer, only had one AMD processor im 14 computers) but the difference is that MSI 870A-G54 exists, and MSI 870-G54 does not xD
There's a MSI 870S-G54. The difference is that the A one has USB 3.0, and the S does only have USB 2.0 (the blue USB ports on the motherboard) and the price.

i still do not recommend any of them. Look at the big squares to the left of the processor socket, those are the chokes. those provide power to the processor. it STILL has the same 5 chokes (also called 4+1 design, since 4 are for the cpu and 1 for the memory controller). these are very bad for overclocking (the thread i pointed you before has a more in-deep explanation, but if you don't understand it, i'd advise you to look at the horror stories, and look for pictures. I also didn't understand too much until i saw the pictures). There's another thread of the "good" mobos for OCing AMD processors, because they have higher quality components, more phases, and cooling on chokes or mosfets. they might be more expensive, but i bet you don't want to fry your PC in under a year.
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Ok I think I might have found one that works.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-402-_-Product
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Now that's a nice board. 8+2 power phase, passive cooling on mosfets and ASUS over current protection scheme makes this a good board for core unlocking/OCing. Plus, it's only $10 more than the MSI board you chose before.

As i told you before, i'm more an Intel than an AMD guy, and you'd be safer asking about this combo on the AMD section of the forum, but IMO, this is a great board
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