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December 8, 2010 10:17:50 AM

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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a b V Motherboard
December 8, 2010 1:00:43 PM

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?CurImag...
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December 8, 2010 3:54:49 PM

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
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December 8, 2010 9:24:39 PM

I have a full tower!
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December 8, 2010 9:35:02 PM

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?CurImag...


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=N82E168...
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December 8, 2010 11:24:05 PM

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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.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
December 8, 2010 11:34:45 PM

Hmm... with CF HD 5870 => ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme AM3 AMD 890FX SATA3 USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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!
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December 9, 2010 12:07:40 AM

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!
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a c 716 V Motherboard
December 9, 2010 12:34:11 AM

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?Submi...|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
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December 9, 2010 12:39:38 AM

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?
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December 9, 2010 12:44:20 AM

...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.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
December 9, 2010 1:11:14 AM

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.
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December 9, 2010 1:42:12 AM

@ 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.
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December 9, 2010 9:24:13 AM

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?
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December 9, 2010 10:58:43 AM

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!
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a c 716 V Motherboard
December 9, 2010 2:23:09 PM

^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.

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December 9, 2010 2:27:50 PM

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?
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a c 716 V Motherboard
December 9, 2010 2:57:01 PM

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.
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December 9, 2010 3:07:52 PM

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!
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a c 716 V Motherboard
December 9, 2010 7:30:02 PM

We've all 'been there' and hopefully we learn.

Good Luck on your Build! :) 
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