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MSI 970A-G46 Motherboard + GTX 760 4GB + AMD FX8350 would this work??Please help

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April 13, 2014 10:25:25 AM

Hi I am a complete noob when it comes to building a pc on my own, so my config for the build is a MSI 970A-G46 mobo with AMD FX8350 and for the graphic card I was thinking of nvidia GTX 760 4GB will this work fine or would it be a problem?? and I am also a bit confused between HD 7950 & GTX 760 4GB which one would you recommend (especially if you're budget gamer). Please help me out here. Thanks

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April 13, 2014 11:46:09 AM

Yes that build would work and make a very decent gamer .
But there are better motherboars to use . MSI's motherboards with the AMD 970 chipset are suspect . There have been failures with some catching fire . The G46 has bigger heatsinks to keep things cool but even so IMO its not worth the risk .

Use the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 , or Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P [ $80 at Newegg]

The GTX 760 is a stronger card than the 7950
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April 14, 2014 8:50:11 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Yes that build would work and make a very decent gamer .
But there are better motherboars to use . MSI's motherboards with the AMD 970 chipset are suspect . There have been failures with some catching fire . The G46 has bigger heatsinks to keep things cool but even so IMO its not worth the risk .

Use the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 , or Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P [ $80 at Newegg]

The GTX 760 is a stronger card than the 7950

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Thanks a lot that really narrows it down for me. I think i'll go with ASUS M5A97 R2.0 but would the graphic card (GTX 760 4GB ) work fine with this mobo?? Because I am also planning on adding another graphic card later so I hope the mobo would be fine with that config?? So what would be the advisable PSU for this as of now should I go with 650 WATTS or 700 WATTS??
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April 14, 2014 11:53:13 AM

The AMD 970 chipset isnt designed to be used with two graphics cards . For that you need a 990X or 990FX chipset motherboard and you will have to spend a little more .
[ MSI and Asrock both make 970 boards that have 970 chipsets wired up as 990X's even after AMD have graded them as 970's . Thats what the G46 is ]

For future SLI
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990...

You need 700- 750 watt psu for SLI GTX 760's
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
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April 14, 2014 7:49:10 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The AMD 970 chipset isnt designed to be used with two graphics cards . For that you need a 990X or 990FX chipset motherboard and you will have to spend a little more .
[ MSI and Asrock both make 970 boards that have 970 chipsets wired up as 990X's even after AMD have graded them as 970's . Thats what the G46 is ]

For future SLI
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990...

You need 700- 750 watt psu for SLI GTX 760's
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

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Thank you so much for your time and help really appreciate it. :) 
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May 23, 2014 11:55:06 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The AMD 970 chipset isnt designed to be used with two graphics cards . For that you need a 990X or 990FX chipset motherboard and you will have to spend a little more .
[ MSI and Asrock both make 970 boards that have 970 chipsets wired up as 990X's even after AMD have graded them as 970's . Thats what the G46 is ]

For future SLI
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990...

You need 700- 750 watt psu for SLI GTX 760's
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm


Hi there first of all thank you so much for your quick response and input I really appreciate it but i have another question and that is whether GTX 660 or 660 ti compatible with ASUS M5a97 r2 mobo with FX 8350 CPU??
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June 5, 2014 7:16:15 PM

skully010 said:


Hi there first of all thank you so much for your quick response and input I really appreciate it but i have another question and that is whether GTX 660 or 660 ti compatible with ASUS M5a97 r2 mobo with FX 8350 CPU??


I want to refer you to make a system build at pcpartpicker.com, They will implement a compatibility filter so you can build your hypothetical machine and see if it works out. The mobo is AM3+ socket, thus the 8350 will work. There are also PCIe ports, so ALL PCIe GPUs are compatible. WARNING: Your board does not support SLI. So if you want to get another 660 and bridge them together... you can't. However, the board does support Crossfire. This means you can take two AMD cards and bridge them together. If you have no intention of using 2 cards, then the last couple sentences are irrelevant to you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20

NOTE: Back to your first topic. I did the same build. 970A-G46, FX-8350, 2GB 760. the G46 mobo supports CPU's up to a 125W TDP. The 8350 is registered as a 125W TDP processor. After a couple months, the motherboard got destroyed, and I'm about to find out if it took the 8350 with it. What the H-E-double hockeystick happened??? Turns out, it is very common on the forums I've read that the G46 and the 8350 do not work together (even though they are supposed to). Myself and many others have experienced the 8350 actually going higher than 125W to compensate for demanding tasks (like playing Red Orchestra 2(that's what I was doing when it died)) and blowing the motherboard. From personal experience and base on what I have read from others, I would not recommend the G46 with the 8350 for this reason. The ASUS M5a97 r2 that you mentioned has been recommended as a better alternative (No SLI though).
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June 5, 2014 11:40:07 PM

There is a reason the G46 is cheap and the G43/45 even cheaper .

They are prone to failure

ClassicCarl The Asus board is much better . If you can afford an M5A97 EVO its better again
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