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a8-3870k cpu, gigabyte a55m-ds2 mobo, is this a good combination?

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March 20, 2013 2:21:19 AM

i want to ask if the a8-3870k amd proc would be good with the gigabyte a55m-ds2 motherboard. and how high the psu i should use.

building a new gaming pc for myself
March 20, 2013 2:26:58 AM

Try to get the Trinity processors - model numbers Ax-5x00. It's the replacement series for that processor, and uses a new socket (FM2, replacing FM1). It will give you more future upgrade options, and is better anyway.
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March 20, 2013 2:38:29 AM

so this a8 would be really compatible with the gigabyte mobo i said for gaming use?
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March 20, 2013 2:39:29 AM

All of those depend on other factors such as memory and if you are using dedicated graphics. The FM1 (Llano) socket is old now and you will be better off with a Trinity (FM2) processor. Anyway, if it is your only option and you are using the integrated graphics of the processor, make sure you get fast memory (at least DDR3-1600) because slow memory will bottleneck the graphics and give you disappointing performance. I would strongly recommend getting discrete graphics like the 7750 or 7770 or getting a newer A8-5600K and a 6670 Crossfire. Also get a good cooler because that processor is overclockable. The Cooler master Hyper 212 is a popular budget cooler.
PSU
If you are not using discrete graphics and are not overclocking a 350W PSU like the Corsair VS350 will be fine. a 500-600W PSU is essential if you are using a graphics card and make sure it is from reliable brands such as Corsair, Seasonic...
Overall, this combination is old but you can overclock it and I would suggest fast memory and a GPU like 7750 or 7770 for budget, GTX 660Ti or 7870 LE if you want to spend a bit more. Or you can buy a newer FM2 processor like the 5600K and buy a motherboard to go with it and a 6670 so you can use AMD Dual Graphics (APU+GPU; similar to Crossfire) and get more performance.

And yes it will be compatible as long as the socket is FM1 and you have checked the CPU support list for the processor. Theoretically it should work...
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March 20, 2013 3:00:17 AM

Matsushima said:
All of those depend on other factors such as memory and if you are using dedicated graphics. The FM1 (Llano) socket is old now and you will be better off with a Trinity (FM2) processor. Anyway, if it is your only option and you are using the integrated graphics of the processor, make sure you get fast memory (at least DDR3-1600) because slow memory will bottleneck the graphics and give you disappointing performance. I would strongly recommend getting discrete graphics like the 7750 or 7770 or getting a newer A8-5600K and a 6670 Crossfire. Also get a good cooler because that processor is overclockable. The Cooler master Hyper 212 is a popular budget cooler.
PSU
If you are not using discrete graphics and are not overclocking a 350W PSU like the Corsair VS350 will be fine. a 500-600W PSU is essential if you are using a graphics card and make sure it is from reliable brands such as Corsair, Seasonic...
Overall, this combination is old but you can overclock it and I would suggest fast memory and a GPU like 7750 or 7770 for budget, GTX 660Ti or 7870 LE if you want to spend a bit more. Or you can buy a newer FM2 processor like the 5600K and buy a motherboard to go with it and a 6670 so you can use AMD Dual Graphics (APU+GPU; similar to Crossfire) and get more performance.

And yes it will be compatible as long as the socket is FM1 and you have checked the CPU support list for the processor. Theoretically it should work...


please tell me more about the new a4 series .. im interested in using a8-5600k .. and combine it with gigabyte ga-f2a55m-ds2 .. having a 4gb ddr3 ram .. but i still dont have ideas about the PSUs . i dont want to have problems with my planned gaming rig .. thanks for your reply earlier. please do reply again. thank you sir.
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March 20, 2013 1:30:08 PM

PSUs
A good quality 350 watt PSU is fine if you are not using dedicated graphics but if you are I would recommend 400 watt or more for low-end graphics cards. Brands like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are all good brands.
Make sure you have fast DDR3 memory if you are using the A8's GPU, FM2 can support up to DDR3-1866.
The motherboard SHOULD be able to support the 5600K, since there's only 1 BIOS version released on the CPU support list as of 21/3/13 and the 5600K is on there. CPU Support List
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/support-downloads/cpu-suppor...
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March 21, 2013 8:02:38 AM

Matsushima said:
PSUs
A good quality 350 watt PSU is fine if you are not using dedicated graphics but if you are I would recommend 400 watt or more for low-end graphics cards. Brands like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are all good brands.
Make sure you have fast DDR3 memory if you are using the A8's GPU, FM2 can support up to DDR3-1866.
The motherboard SHOULD be able to support the 5600K, since there's only 1 BIOS version released on the CPU support list as of 21/3/13 and the 5600K is on there. CPU Support List
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/support-downloads/cpu-suppor...


Thank you again good sir! Good you added about the memory. But i think i'll be using the msi fm2-a55m-e33. what can you say about that sir?
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March 21, 2013 1:37:51 PM

ryuzaki17 said:
Matsushima said:
PSUs
A good quality 350 watt PSU is fine if you are not using dedicated graphics but if you are I would recommend 400 watt or more for low-end graphics cards. Brands like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are all good brands.
Make sure you have fast DDR3 memory if you are using the A8's GPU, FM2 can support up to DDR3-1866.
The motherboard SHOULD be able to support the 5600K, since there's only 1 BIOS version released on the CPU support list as of 21/3/13 and the 5600K is on there. CPU Support List
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/support-downloads/cpu-suppor...


Thank you again good sir! Good you added about the memory. But i think i'll be using the msi fm2-a55m-e33. what can you say about that sir?

The A8-5600K is supported by the earliest version of the BIOS, so in theory should support the A8.
However I would recommend a more reliable brand like Asus/Gigabyte because I was not very satisfied with my MSI motherboard (specs below)
Only about a month (probably end of RMA period) after I bought the motherboard, The integrated audio stopped working.
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March 22, 2013 6:23:07 AM

Matsushima said:
ryuzaki17 said:
Matsushima said:
PSUs
A good quality 350 watt PSU is fine if you are not using dedicated graphics but if you are I would recommend 400 watt or more for low-end graphics cards. Brands like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are all good brands.
Make sure you have fast DDR3 memory if you are using the A8's GPU, FM2 can support up to DDR3-1866.
The motherboard SHOULD be able to support the 5600K, since there's only 1 BIOS version released on the CPU support list as of 21/3/13 and the 5600K is on there. CPU Support List
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/support-downloads/cpu-suppor...


Thank you again good sir! Good you added about the memory. But i think i'll be using the msi fm2-a55m-e33. what can you say about that sir?

The A8-5600K is supported by the earliest version of the BIOS, so in theory should support the A8.
However I would recommend a more reliable brand like Asus/Gigabyte because I was not very satisfied with my MSI motherboard (specs below)



Thank you sir!
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