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May 17, 2010 10:01:07 AM

Hi all

I'm building a gaming PC, I was on here a while ago sorting it all out but due to personal reasons I couldnt afford to start the build however I have now started collecting the bits and i'm looking at motherboards

I want another Asus board, it will be AMD and AM3, I am not interested in overclocking.

My dilemma is, I cant decide on what chipset and processor, should I even consider the 790's or should I just go straight for an 890, i'm a little wary of newer chipsets

Also, is it worth getting a Phenom 965 or should I go straight to 6 cores, i'm not sure if the extra money of the 6 core is going to see any gaming performance benefit over a 965?

Any thoughts appreciated

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May 17, 2010 7:47:04 PM

Hi.

The best chipset for AMD rigs is AMD, even if u don't want Crossfire. Now, if u don't want OC, u can go with a 890GX chipset that isn't expensive and have good quality.

For CPU, the 965 is a very good CPU and even have a similar performance that the X6. The X6 1055T(not BE) is around $205 in newegg and the 965 is around $180 (C3 revision). If u don't want OC IMO u can go with a X4 945 that is around $140.
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May 17, 2010 7:56:19 PM

No, the hexacores are not better for gaming. They are very good for multithreaded applications. So it would depend on your usage. Do you do a lot of video editing/compression, etc?

If I was building today, I would probably go for an 890 chipset. However if you are talking about 790FX vs 890FX, there seems to be little performance difference. You will probably be paying a few dollars more for USB 3.0 and SATA 3.

In your case I would recommend going with a 790fx if you are iffy on new chipset growing pains.
If you are interested in future proofing, then pay a bit more for the new interfaces.

I kinda like the price and features of this one, its a 870 evo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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May 17, 2010 8:14:10 PM

I've been looking at the Crosshair Formula 4 seems like a good board with all the newest technology but I really dont know if its overkill and its expensive especially as I only intend to run one GPU seeing as though this board is better for 2 or more, also I read it has issues with cool & quiet but I dont even know if enabling cool & quiet is a good idea and I think the issues been sorted with a BIOS update.

I was interested in the 890FX chipset simply because its the latest on and particulary FX simply because I dont need onboard graphics and the on board seems good so I could do away with my X-FI Xtreme music?

I cant help but think going for a 790 will could possibly be a bad idea as I think I may go for a 965 BE and wait until 6 and 8 cores develop a little more and maybe upgrade in the future and I read that the 890 is a better platform for the newer processors over the 790 or am I getting confused with it only being better than the 790 as more than on GPU!?
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May 17, 2010 8:44:39 PM

The Crosshair IV is a very good mobo, but yourself said that is overkill for ur needs. U don't want OC and the Crosshair IV is specially for that and Crossfire, the same as the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7.

Cool & Quiet is a feature of AMD that drop the power use of ur rig when isn't in load, but if u want u can disable it.

Now the 890FX is better that the 790FX because support the X6 without BIOS update, have native support for SATA III and USB 3.0 and better OC capabilities. The less expensive 890FX mobo is around $150 (BIOSTAR, IMO not a good manufacturer), a good 890FX mobo is around $180 that is the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5.
May 17, 2010 9:02:54 PM

Thanks, i've just been looking at this, I cant believe I have been so naive, this board has all the 890FX features as far as I can tell but doesnt have Crossfire support or integrated graphics which I dont need anyway plus its much cheaper!

What I am struggling to find out is if this board is basically an 890FX with the things I dont need stripped out basically but everything else is the same as there is no reviews

Also, will it run a 5870 as single card as well as the Crosshair 4? Why does it have a small power connection and will it support hexa core as it doesnt mention specifically?

If its basically the same thing but with the things I dont need stripped out such as Crossfire support then I might as well just go for that but surely there is more than that missing?
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May 17, 2010 9:12:21 PM

The big thing is that the mobo that u link don't have 890FX chipset. Is 870 chipset , about the features the Crosshair IV have many other stuffs that maybe u don't use since u don't want OC.

The mobo can handle the 5870 without problems, and can support the X6 with the any BIOS version.
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