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March 12, 2014 10:46:33 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the help in the last few posts. so here is my big question that i want to know. i know that the current bottle neck in my system is my cpu. now from what im told i need to not only upgrade my cpu, but my mobo as well. i would like if possible to see the best mobo and cpu combination for under $300, under $250 if possible, and it has to be AMD based, as intel and me do not mix well together [lets just say i easily break those intel cpus with my games and other programs] i currently have a amd phenom II x4 970 black edition and it works preety well, but im starting to notice major lag and issues with some of my games and other programs, and i think its time to upgrade. so whatever you guys suggest, ill be more than happy to take them. also while not required, but prefered, i would like to be able to walk into a store to pick these up, like frys or best buy. anyways guys thanks in advance for all your suggestions. the better the combo for less price the better.


oh and im not really looking forward to over clocking the system even though i have liquid cooling, but if i need to in order to save some money then i guess i can do that. anyways heres my current system specs below

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System Information
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Time of this report: 12/21/2013, 21:29:04
Machine name: MILKY-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/09/10 21:08:39 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 970 Processor (4 CPUs), ~4.0GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8190MB RAM
Page File: 5854MB used, 10524MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
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March 12, 2014 10:52:26 AM

MSI 990FX Mobo
AMD FX 8120 or if it is unaffordable get an FX 6300.
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March 12, 2014 10:55:31 AM

Here is Motherboard and Processor combo for $260

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $263.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 13:54 EDT-0400)

Btw, what GPU and PSU do you currently have?
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March 12, 2014 10:59:54 AM

maurelie said:
Here is Motherboard and Processor combo for $260

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $263.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 13:54 EDT-0400)

Btw, what GPU and PSU do you currently have?


I would go with this. 990FX board is best with the 8 core and the 8320 will OC well. Will be worth the wait on shipping. ;) 

The stock cooler will BARELY be able to keep it under max temp at stock speeds though, so plan to get a cooler upgrade next. Wait to OC until you upgrade the cooling.
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March 12, 2014 1:39:00 PM

maurelie said:
Here is Motherboard and Processor combo for $260

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $263.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 13:54 EDT-0400)

Btw, what GPU and PSU do you currently have?


gpu im not quite sure on the actual model, but its 2 ATI 6xxx series gddr 5 1gb in crossfire enabled mode, and the psu i beleive is a 800 watt or 850, again not sure cause id have to go home to check. oh and i have a corsair liquid cooling fan that self circulates with a big radiator in the back, so that should do me fine cooling wise if i ever overclock, unless i need something else? im not sure i spent about 3k when i first built this about 3 years ago [about a month before the 8 core cpus came out.
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March 13, 2014 1:43:19 AM

Milky Kou said:
maurelie said:
Here is Motherboard and Processor combo for $260

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $263.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 13:54 EDT-0400)

Btw, what GPU and PSU do you currently have?


gpu im not quite sure on the actual model, but its 2 ATI 6xxx series gddr 5 1gb in crossfire enabled mode, and the psu i beleive is a 800 watt or 850, again not sure cause id have to go home to check. oh and i have a corsair liquid cooling fan that self circulates with a big radiator in the back, so that should do me fine cooling wise if i ever overclock, unless i need something else? im not sure i spent about 3k when i first built this about 3 years ago [about a month before the 8 core cpus came out.


Be more specific about the PSU and the Corsair liquid cooling, so i and other members can give you more info or options
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March 14, 2014 11:20:10 PM


Be more specific about the PSU and the Corsair liquid cooling, so i and other members can give you more info or options


im honestly not sure how to tell what the liquid cooling is or psu as i dont have the boxes anymore [who would after 4 years?] all i know is my psu has 850 watts, and powers everything up just fine, and the liquid cooling has a radiator in the end, if i find it again ill let you know, thank you all for the suggestions, i love the new 8core~
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