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Good Motherboard for FX-8350, Radeon's 9000 series Gpu's, and More?

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September 3, 2013 10:39:48 PM

I am an almost complete noob at computer specs (I'd say 4/10 on knowledge). I bought a prebuilt because I was too lazy to build one a few months back (bit me in the ass, but only by about $50 xD). My specs aren't horrible, but I am upgrading it to prepare for BF4 and future titles. I'm hitting the 30fps on lowest settings stage of my Starter PC's life already, so i need an upgrade.

Keep in mind, my goal is to set up a system that can run any game at at least 30fps on low settings in the future. I'm looking at a 4-5 year upgrade, or the next gen consoles lifetime if possible ;) . I'm also a budget gamer.


Okay, I plan on upgrading my CPU to an FX-8350, my Psu to a 750w-850w (possibly 1000w for Crossfire), and my Gpu to either an 7950/7970 or Radeon's upcoming 9000 series (depending on their release price and specs). I already have 16GB (2x8Gb) ddr3 Ram @1333 that I have no intention in upgrading, so almost any board meets that stipulation

Now for the core of my question? What's a great future-proof Motherboard that can support crossfire gpu's, the upcoming 9000 series, some Windows 8 compatability (not happy about it either :/ ), all with good dependable quality, under ($180)? I don't want any trash boards, I want a mid-range board at least. I don't want any scrappy board that will break down on me and possibly damage my brand new parts.

As for my browsing, I've been focusing on the fx-8350 compatability and crossfire support (in case I go for 2 cheap 7950's). My main concern is that I will blow more money than I need to on a MOBO, when I still need it to upgrade the rest of my PC. (sabertooth may be overkill?)

I've been eyeing these:

Asus 990FX AM3+ Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-...

Asus 990X AM3+ EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not goin for crazy OC'ing, I want a board that can handle an FX-8350 in turbo (4.3) and possibly crossfired 7950's or single 9000 series, that will hold up for years to come. I currently have a Gigabyte 760g microATX with my fx-6100, and it runs well, but I've heard bad things about the 970 and 990 gigabyte MOBO's. Are they that unreliable, or would they be the ideal board for me?

Sorry for the heavy explanation and its length, but I'm new to MOBO shopping, and want to avoid any DOA's and RMA's if possible. Thanks ;) 


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a c 1601 V Motherboard
September 3, 2013 11:16:43 PM

Those are good choices (prob the best choices), and would be happy with either. Wish AMD would step up and add PCI-E 3 support
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September 4, 2013 12:23:45 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Those are good choices (prob the best choices), and would be happy with either. Wish AMD would step up and add PCI-E 3 support


Haha, I know right. Thanks for the input. I'l probably buy one of the 2 depending on my budget.
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a c 1601 V Motherboard
September 4, 2013 5:25:12 PM

Let us know what you decide
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September 5, 2013 10:49:48 PM

Hey I read your post and I would like to make a few recommendations on this

This is currently the only AMD board with PCIe 3.0, but it is currently out of stock and will probably remain that way
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I own one and can confirm that it is in fact PCIe3.0 and it is the best AMD board I have ever used

The motherboards you posted are good choices btw, I would go with the 990fx board out of the two but that is my opinion

If you are looking at doing two 7950's I recommend this card it is a very good card and to answer you question on whether or not you should wait for the 9000 series it is all up to you I personally do not see it making any difference, with two of these card in crossfire you will be good for several years I have two of these and can run any game on max 1080p at 60+ fps. One Graphics card will also suit you well.
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here is a link just for the hell of it for the processor
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to consider upgrading your ram as that could potentially slow down your games, this will be perfect for what you are doing good speed not too expensive and 8GB would be all you really need in your machine you can go more if you want, but i think if you buy a set of these you will be good to go
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here would be a good power supply that would provide plenty of power for this build, even for two crossfired 7950's
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you only go with 8GB of ram instead of going 16 you will save your self $70 right there as 8GB is really all you need.

Please post on what you decide as i am curious to see
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September 6, 2013 2:03:24 PM

AaronMosh said:
Hey I read your post and I would like to make a few recommendations on this

This is currently the only AMD board with PCIe 3.0, but it is currently out of stock and will probably remain that way
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I own one and can confirm that it is in fact PCIe3.0 and it is the best AMD board I have ever used

The motherboards you posted are good choices btw, I would go with the 990fx board out of the two but that is my opinion

If you are looking at doing two 7950's I recommend this card it is a very good card and to answer you question on whether or not you should wait for the 9000 series it is all up to you I personally do not see it making any difference, with two of these card in crossfire you will be good for several years I have two of these and can run any game on max 1080p at 60+ fps. One Graphics card will also suit you well.
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here is a link just for the hell of it for the processor
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to consider upgrading your ram as that could potentially slow down your games, this will be perfect for what you are doing good speed not too expensive and 8GB would be all you really need in your machine you can go more if you want, but i think if you buy a set of these you will be good to go
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here would be a good power supply that would provide plenty of power for this build, even for two crossfired 7950's
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you only go with 8GB of ram instead of going 16 you will save your self $70 right there as 8GB is really all you need.

Please post on what you decide as i am curious to see


Wow man, you read my mind on almost everything you said xD
I was planning on either getting a single 9000 series if the 9950 is around $400, 2 Vapor-X 7950's for crossfire if 9950 is too much. Vapor-x could save me some money on cooling the crossfire thanks to its fans, but I'd definately would need either more fans, or water cooling for crossfire.

I'm holding back on RAM, I can take a few frames off to save money on new RAM. I've never seen a large hurt in performance with 1333 vs 1600 vs 1866. Maybe I just don't notice it, but it isn't my main point of interest at the moment, so I'm holding off on it for now.

The Asus 990FX does look much better for the little extra you spend, Plus, I can get it and the 8350 for $300 thanks to Neweggs Combo deals :D  I've also heard the PCI 3.0 isn't very utilized by AMD at the moment, so I'll hold back on going all out for it.

I was also thinking a Corsair Psu since they are very high quality and reliable, and an 850w would be a must for crossfire, but I'll do a bit more research on that. My Enermax has never caused me any troubles (I'll never buy another, but its alright), and it's a cheap brand, so dunno if the price of a Corsair is right for me yet. Last thing I want is a fried Psu though :p 

You were A lot of help, Wish I could still give you the solution :p  I'll report back here when I upgrade, definately.






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September 25, 2013 8:56:35 AM

Sorry for the bump, but has anyone heard anything about the 9000 series release date? I read one article that said they may be released today, but I guess that isn't going to happen. Any ideas?

Natodemon

P.S. Those are some pretty amazing specs you've settled on there!! :) 
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September 25, 2013 10:13:04 AM

natodemon said:
Sorry for the bump, but has anyone heard anything about the 9000 series release date? I read one article that said they may be released today, but I guess that isn't going to happen. Any ideas?

Natodemon

P.S. Those are some pretty amazing specs you've settled on there!! :) 


Look at this:
http://videocardz.com/amd/radeon-r200
click the boxes for their info
Apparently, the 9000 series was changed to the R200 series to stop confusion with their 9000 series CPU's.
I'm shooting for the 280 or 290, the replacement for the 7900 series.
The only one being released today is the Titan killer, the R9 290x.
Not even worth buying a 7000 series if you can wait a month or two.
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September 25, 2013 11:48:16 AM

jkteddy77 said:
natodemon said:
Sorry for the bump, but has anyone heard anything about the 9000 series release date? I read one article that said they may be released today, but I guess that isn't going to happen. Any ideas?

Natodemon

P.S. Those are some pretty amazing specs you've settled on there!! :) 


Look at this:
http://videocardz.com/amd/radeon-r200
click the boxes for their info
Apparently, the 9000 series was changed to the R200 series to stop confusion with their 9000 series CPU's.
I'm shooting for the 280 or 290, the replacement for the 7900 series.
The only one being released today is the Titan killer, the R9 290x.
Not even worth buying a 7000 series if you can wait a month or two.

Oh OK that would explain why I wasn't finding much. So how does this new number system work? What would the newer equivalent of a 6870 be, I could probably work out the rest from that.
Thanks for the info.
Natodemon
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September 25, 2013 7:55:01 PM

natodemon said:
jkteddy77 said:
natodemon said:
Sorry for the bump, but has anyone heard anything about the 9000 series release date? I read one article that said they may be released today, but I guess that isn't going to happen. Any ideas?

Natodemon

P.S. Those are some pretty amazing specs you've settled on there!! :) 


Look at this:
http://videocardz.com/amd/radeon-r200
click the boxes for their info
Apparently, the 9000 series was changed to the R200 series to stop confusion with their 9000 series CPU's.
I'm shooting for the 280 or 290, the replacement for the 7900 series.
The only one being released today is the Titan killer, the R9 290x.
Not even worth buying a 7000 series if you can wait a month or two.

Oh OK that would explain why I wasn't finding much. So how does this new number system work? What would the newer equivalent of a 6870 be, I could probably work out the rest from that.
Thanks for the info.
Natodemon


If your budget isn't that big, aim for a 270x or 260x. those are mid range cards. Personally, I'm getting a 280x, the equivalent to the 7970. plus, its only $300. They really will be quite cheap, aim high when upgrading your GPU. Most important part in gaming.
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September 26, 2013 10:32:28 AM

I was aiming for a 7950 before I found out about the R 200 series cards so I'll hopefully be able to stretch to the 280x. Also upgrading CPU to FX-8320 from phenom II X4 965 BE.

Thanks again
Natodemon
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September 26, 2013 1:51:35 PM

natodemon said:
I was aiming for a 7950 before I found out about the R 200 series cards so I'll hopefully be able to stretch to the 280x. Also upgrading CPU to FX-8320 from phenom II X4 965 BE.

Thanks again
Natodemon


Nice. Very similar setup I'm aiming for. You're Next-gen game ready after that.
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