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July 20, 2010 4:34:28 AM

Hello Forum!

I just ordered a ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 R to go with my new CPU, (AMD Phenom 965 BE x4 ), custom cooling air fan, 850 PSU, a ATI 5850 card, and 8 gig of DDr3 Gskill 1333 RAM.

Can anyone tell me how this motherboard rates as far as 1. bang-for-buck, 2. performance with peers in it's price range ( $179) and 3. future upgradability? I went for this board over an older AMD MB (at $100) because of futurability, this has the 3.0 bus connections, and two x16 PCI slots for making another 5850 a crossfire in a couple years. ( I know there's no need for 3.0 yet)

How'd I do? ( this was a total expenditure of .... about $1050. If someone wants to grade me on the whole shmear, that's fine too, but I can't find much info on how fast/hot/competitive my MB is.

This is strictly a gaming rig, with quad-core for future advancements as they arrive over the next 2-3 years; I know multi-core is not so needed for gaming.

Thanks!

Jack

P.S. I try to buy AMD to support the underdog, and keep all my stuff compatible with each other.

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July 20, 2010 6:06:05 AM

Which gskill ram model?
Which 850w PSU?
The motherboard and CPU look great!
5850 is a pretty good card and more bang for the buck than anything while keeping with the times, imo
Gskill is good ram, at a good price
July 20, 2010 6:36:07 AM

Uh ... Gskill RAM model MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL, oh, PSU is 800W, not 850 ... XION Power Real 800W ATX Power Supply (A406-1114), cooling fan is
Ultra U12-40602 X-Wind 120mm CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, 120mmm, Full Copper Heatsink (U12-40602). Thanks for your feedback!
July 20, 2010 6:46:58 PM

jack43 said:
Hello Forum!

I just ordered a ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 R to go with my new CPU, (AMD Phenom 965 BE x4 ), custom cooling air fan, 850 PSU, a ATI 5850 card, and 8 gig of DDr3 Gskill 1333 RAM.

Can anyone tell me how this motherboard rates as far as 1. bang-for-buck, 2. performance with peers in it's price range ( $179) and 3. future upgradability? I went for this board over an older AMD MB (at $100) because of futurability, this has the 3.0 bus connections, and two x16 PCI slots for making another 5850 a crossfire in a couple years. ( I know there's no need for 3.0 yet)

How'd I do? ( this was a total expenditure of .... about $1050. If someone wants to grade me on the whole shmear, that's fine too, but I can't find much info on how fast/hot/competitive my MB is.

This is strictly a gaming rig, with quad-core for future advancements as they arrive over the next 2-3 years; I know multi-core is not so needed for gaming.

Thanks!

Jack

P.S. I try to buy AMD to support the underdog, and keep all my stuff compatible with each other.


That is a very good board, on par with the best.
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