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What am3+ socket motherboard to buy for a budget gaming pc?

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March 22, 2014 4:01:05 PM

I'm making a budget gaming PC with a AMD FX-6350 CPU and a Radeon R9-270 GPU. What would a good budget motherboard to get with room to expand?
a c 158 V Motherboard
March 22, 2014 4:11:16 PM

The budget board would be most any 970 board. A 990 board would allow more OC'ing of the CPU.
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a b V Motherboard
March 22, 2014 4:13:37 PM

Here is your Board

GA-990FXA-UD7 (rev. 3.0)

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March 22, 2014 4:15:42 PM

Any motherboard with a solid power phase. Check if it has a vrm radiator at least. If you're looking to upgrade the cpu in the future am3+ might be a dead platform so your best bet would be fm2+. My suggestion if you don't want to upgrade cpu later go for at least an am3+ with at least vrm heatsink, If you do plan to upgrade then wait, more amd cpus should come soon.
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March 22, 2014 5:28:38 PM

emdea22 said:
Any motherboard with a solid power phase. Check if it has a vrm radiator at least. If you're looking to upgrade the cpu in the future am3+ might be a dead platform so your best bet would be fm2+. My suggestion if you don't want to upgrade cpu later go for at least an am3+ with at least vrm heatsink, If you do plan to upgrade then wait, more amd cpus should come soon.


Really? I want to upgrade, but i don't want to get a apu :( 
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a c 158 V Motherboard
March 22, 2014 5:46:16 PM

am3+ is not an APU.

copied from MaximumPC mag, Mar. 2014:
MSI 970A-G46
This board strikes a very good balance between cost and performance. It's about the cheapest you'll find that has heatsinks around the CPU tray, which you need to get a decent, stable OC. All six sata ports are rated for 6Gb/s, and it has several USB 3.0 ports on the back.
$80
www.msi.com

Only thing is I do not like MSI boards. This might turn out to be a good one for you?
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March 22, 2014 5:53:37 PM

officialexpert said:
Here is your Board

GA-990FXA-UD7 (rev. 3.0)



spooky2th said:
am3+ is not an APU.

copied from MaximumPC mag, Mar. 2014:
MSI 970A-G46
This board strikes a very good balance between cost and performance. It's about the cheapest you'll find that has heatsinks around the CPU tray, which you need to get a decent, stable OC. All six sata ports are rated for 6Gb/s, and it has several USB 3.0 ports on the back.
$80
www.msi.com

Only thing is I do not like MSI boards. This might turn out to be a good one for you?


I know, AM3+ Is the FX series. emdea22 said that i should get a fm3 since that's what AMD is going to release new cpus/apus on but right now all that supports is the A Series. I think that board should go well with this build! What do you have against MSI though before i buy?
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a c 158 V Motherboard
March 22, 2014 5:59:47 PM

They have poor quality control.
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a b V Motherboard
March 24, 2014 2:13:01 AM

fm2+ as fm2 has standalone CPUs like the Athlon II x4 750/760 that is basically an fx4300. AMD just released the first Kaveri chips that are on FM2+ and are based on new cpu architecture and there are rumors that am3+ will not see any new cpus. So yeah, why would you go am3+ if you want to upgrade.
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