hey guys im going to be building a computer in december, im not sure when the bulldozer cpus or sandy bridge cpus are coming out so i was thinking of going for an x6 1055t or an x4 955, now i live in south africa and i have a contract with a wholesaler these are the amd motherboards available to me the 880gma ud2h, the 880gma ud3h and the 890fxa ud5, im probably going to overclock in the future and crossfire, im wanting to know which motherboard wold be the best to get with price in mind, also will socket am3+ motherboards be out in december because that would be a bit better for me to get as then il have an upgrade path by getting a bulldozer cpu in the future as i know that socket am3+ motherboards are backwards compatible so i could get the x6 an in the future upgrade to a bulldozer, i also wanted to know if its worth going for amd, my other choice would be to go for an i5 760 and a gigabyte p55a ud4p motherboard.... does anybody have an idea when the bulldozers or sandy bridge is coming out, i know the ATI 6xxx series is coming out near the end of this month and il probably pick 1 of those graphics cards for my build in december, im trying to find out now as later im going on a huge holiday to the Kalahari and i wont have internet access then and il need the computer as soon as i get back thanks...
There's not really a difference from the 880/890 chipsets, I just go with the newer chipsets if I can for any revisions, but there's not a difference in speed between the two. Is you can get the 880 for way less then I would go with that, but if the price isn't a big difference go with the 890fx. Also the 880 only comes with integrated graphics, but it's not BIG deal you can disable the onboard graphics and use you video card.
The biggest + for the 890FX board is that it can run crossfire at 16 x 16 speed. The 890GX board lets you crossfire at 8 x 8 speed. Real world performance difference between the two with today's cards is minimal (about 2%). Both boards should overclock similarly.
thanks, second question is when do you guys think the socket am3+ boards will be released? i thought that they would maybe be released before the bulldozers as they are backwards compatible and support the phenomII cpus
I think my friend said not til' january 2011? I'm not sure where he heard that though. But rolli59 is right, the 890fx pci-e is a better option for crossfire. If your on a budget i would say 870, 880. If you can afford a 890fx shoot for that.