Motherboard for my components

I was wondering what mother board would be good for the rest of my components
phenom ii x 4 965
8gb ddr3 crucial balistix 1600 mhz
xfx 5870 1gb
sapphire 5870 1gb crossfire
samsung spinpoint 500 gb 7200 rpm
xfx 650w modular psu
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  1. What are you doing on the PC, if it's for gaming and the usual stuff you don't need more than 4GB of RAM. Better get a 6870, it's cheaper and scale better in CF. You can

    For crossfire you can get the Asrock 870 Extreme3, Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3.

    I think the Asrock should be better for CF due to the bigger space between the two PCIex16 slots -> less heat.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=13-157-198-TS&SpinSet=13-157-198-RS&ISList=13-157-198-Z01&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16813157198&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=ASRock%20870%20EXTREME3%20AM3%20AMD%20870%20SATA%206Gb%2fs%20USB%203.0%20ATX%20AMD%20Motherboard
  2. price really dont matter and thats what I have already my current mobo is the biostar ta790gx a3 5.x and i would rather have a lil better mobo. one with 2 pcie 16x
  3. I have a full tower!
  4. mosox said:
    What are you doing on the PC, if it's for gaming and the usual stuff you don't need more than 4GB of RAM. Better get a 6870, it's cheaper and scale better in CF. You can

    For crossfire you can get the Asrock 870 Extreme3, Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3.

    I think the Asrock should be better for CF due to the bigger space between the two PCIex16 slots -> less heat.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=13-157-198-TS&SpinSet=13-157-198-RS&ISList=13-157-198-Z01&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16813157198&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=ASRock%20870%20EXTREME3%20AM3%20AMD%20870%20SATA%206Gb%2fs%20USB%203.0%20ATX%20AMD%20Motherboard


    I too am buying a Phx4II 965BE. Asrock is not a brand that I would go out on a limb for and trust. I am unfamiliar with them.

    My top M/B manufactures are:
    1.ASUS
    2.MSI
    3.GIGABYE

    If it helps, I was planning on purchasing

    ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX $174.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655&cm_re=890fx-_-13-131-655-_-Product
  5. Quote:
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    if your asking for help then you need to start yuor own thread..


    Im not asking for help. Im clearly stating that I disagree with the suggestion of the Asrock motherboard. I also offered some insight as to what I would have chosen due to my similar circumstance.

    For me, the ASUS M4A89TD 890FX is a perfect match. You may have a different preference.
  6. Hmm... with CF HD 5870 => ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme AM3 AMD 890FX SATA3 USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131667 otherwise you've got your priorities wrong with $600 in GPUs on some run of the mill MOBO and your choice of CPU in CF of those cards is 'odd' as well. I would recommend the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition. BALANCED...

    Why the mixing of XFX and Sapphire? Don't get me wrong, I know do it will work - just seems odd. Also, there's NO WAY 650W is going to power CF HD 5870's ---> 1000W is needed to OC both the CPU + GPUs; 850W with NO OC'ing minimum!
  7. Well I bought the xfx 5870 new then got a really good deal on the sapphire thats why the mix, and this psu has been powering these two gpus for months now just fine, I have that in another post. The board you recommend is nice but overkill for what I need. I have also been overclocking both gpus with ccc all this time to no probs! any other mobo suggestions! thanks though!
  8. Let me know how that PSU works for you in a few months ;) I never recommend overloading a PSU and I would assume the PSU is running hotter than hell under load while spinning the fans @ 100%. If none of that's 'true' then they mislabeled your PSU.
    PSU size - http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html
    PSU size - http://www.corsair.com/psufinder/default.aspx

    Hey you can build it anyway you'd like, it's nothing I would do. Tom's H/W posts GPU centric builds with no thought of 'balance' thereby convincing people to do the same. For them it's a Game to have the best bang for the buck with ZERO thought of longterm consequence. People like me who do build high-end rigs know better and advise people correctly.

    Again, $600 GPU CF HD 5870 - #2 choice ASUS Crosshair IV Formula, #3 Choice ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3
    Side-By-Side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625%20600007943&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=22|13-131-667^13-131-667-TS,13-131-644^13-131-644-TS,13-131-655^13-131-655-TS,13-130-274^13-130-274-TS
  9. I'm thinkin on choice 3 sounds like all i need, I really appreciate the advice as well but my fans never even get close to 100%, should they?
  10. ...I think you are neglecting the fact that Corsair has the most generous PSU calculator out there. Newegg also has an over generous PSU calculator.
  11. PSU - Run Futuremark or Crysis for a while and tell me all about it then.

    This is the most conservative PSU Calc {read the caveats on the bottom} - http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

    @nfuzer then what PSU calculator 'do you' recommend? When the OP burns-out their PSU in a ~year then they'll know why...

    The typical load for the OP's OC rig is 580W~615W; assuming the OP isn't lying.
    "Electrolytic capacitor aging. When used heavily or over an extended period of time (1+ years) a PSU will slowly lose some of its initial wattage capacity. We recommend you add 20% if you plan to keep your PSU for more than 1 year, or 25-30% for 24/7 usage and 1+ years."

    Bottom-line, I couldn't care less - it's not my rig.

    When it gets bad then it can take out the GPUs or MOBO like it did with this guy's. He did the same 'brilliant' thing.
  12. @ jaquith you have a point. PSU's degenerate wattage capacity over time.

    @minix69 if you are willing to risk your $XXXX rig for a $1XX psu upgrade, that is on you. Although you may not need to upgrade the PSU immediatley, you may want to consider upgrading it in the near future.
  13. how bout if I pull one of the 5870's I really dont need crossfire would I be better off? Would it hold up then?
  14. I really appreciate your advice I'm lookin at a 1000w psu now but the thermaltake adviser said 535w and 20% over that is 642w, but i see your point if it looses power after a while thats not enough. It just sucks because i had psus in another post and this xfx 650 is what was recommended by everyone in that post for my setup, I just bought it, bummer!
  15. ^Yeah, then factor in OC CPU + OC GPU; if you do as stated "I OC" both then what do you want me to tell you? A lie or "good advice"?

    My objective is to give you good advice based upon the experience I have, and guide you in the right direction.

    Personally I only like very few PSUs, and for the $ Corsair is tough to beat; you REALLY want: 1. Japanese capacitors, 2. Single Rail, 3. Voltage protection incl over/under/fault/etc. I 'use to' have a more cavalier approach until $30X2 'savings' on two Antec PSUs cost me $600 in blown capacitors on my ATI GPUs both within 30 days of each other. Then I did some research to track-down the cause and to my surprise it was my dumba$$ choice in cheap PSUs. On my everyday rig I have Corsair 750W where 600W is sufficient and the typical use is ~250W at the outlet. These are work i7's and I provisionally powered for 2-WAY and wanted to stay within the ideal 50~60% load range which is the most efficient for the PSU.

  16. I plan to pull the second gpu though I have it sold, will my psu be ok then? or should I still get another I was looking at corsair I'm following your other recomendations as well i want the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition and the ASUS M4A89TD as well, with one 5870 my psu should be ok, right?
  17. A single HD 5870 and AMD 1090T then the Corsair TX650W.
    A CF 2-WAY HD 5870 and AMD 1090T then the Corsair TX950W.

    There's enough power for years of reliable service and room to OC both the CPU and PSU.
  18. And that motherboards good as well thanks you have been so much help, wish I had talked to u when I first started building this rig!
  19. We've all 'been there' and hopefully we learn.

    Good Luck on your Build! :)
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