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August 29, 2013 12:26:50 PM

Howdy guys, after looking in to building a pc Im looking at this motherboard and wondering how can I tell its overclockable.

Its a AMD Motherboard, from what Ive established I know Intel Boards have LGA 1150 and 1155 sockets, 1155 being the overclock I believe but with this motherboard Im not so sure.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-970a-ds3-amd...(x16)-atx

To add on that is it SLI capable? Looking at the product description it denies SLI yet it appears to have 2 PCI slots (Im a noob so sorry if this incorrect) Im wondering whether thats not right or whether its just for a soundcard or something.

Thanks for you time!

Ok doesnt seem that the link wants to work -.-' so heres the motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Motherboard Socket AM3+

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August 29, 2013 12:36:36 PM

Hello,

Looking at the spec of this motherboard at the gigabyte website (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...) i can see that it supports EasyTune and DDR3 2000 (OC) which means that it is overclockable to some degree. To ascertain how far it may be overclocked I suggest you download the manual form that link and see what options are available in the bios.

Nvidia SLI is not supported and will not work with this motherboard. However ATi Crossfire is, which is essentially the same for ATI cards. This makles more sense as its generally thought ATI cards work better with AMD processors.

Hope that helps
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August 29, 2013 3:50:17 PM

So would I be expecting a better performance with a AMD cpu and gpu combo than with a Nvidia Card?

Currently the Gpu I have Selected out is a GTX 760. Im currently looking at the XFX Radeon HD 7950 Double Dissipation 3gb card. About a £10 indifference between the card. Would the XFX be a better in this case?
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August 29, 2013 4:08:00 PM

I'm not to sure as I have always gone intel and nvidia combo. Going with ATI will give you a cheaper upgrade cost down the line as once the card starts to under perform you can always add a second card and use crossfire to boost its performance which will probably be cheaper than buying a brand new single card.

Looking at a few threads on the topic it looks like its true at low-end but at high end the difference is the same regardless of CPU. I think the best advice I can give you is to look at the graphics card hierarchy and base your decision off of that to get the best value you can. Just remember ATI cards don't come with all the bells and whistles that Nvidia does (3D support, PhysX, Geforce Experience etc).

Graphics card hierarchy: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Poiison994 said:
So would I be expecting a better performance with a AMD cpu and gpu combo than with a Nvidia Card?

Currently the Gpu I have Selected out is a GTX 760. Im currently looking at the XFX Radeon HD 7950 Double Dissipation 3gb card. About a £10 indifference between the card. Would the XFX be a better in this case?

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August 29, 2013 4:19:14 PM

Right ok, as Im trying out for pc gaming if I enjoy it and wish to progress with it Il get Intel as I know its better but for now the AMD Processor will do for now. (New Motherboard change I know but just a cheaper option atm ^.^) So in result I think Il get the Nvidia Gpu and if I upgrade Il look into SLI'ing those bad boys =D Thanks for your time!
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