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July 8, 2010 5:31:23 AM

Hi guys I'm starting a new build very soon and it is my first build so I kinda need some help. I was planning on buying the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 with a Phenom II 955BE and a 2GBx2GB set of Mushkin 996826. I am a like shaky on the board as I have read that it only supports dedicated gpus with less than 1200 shader units. Can some confirm that this true/false? Thanks.
July 8, 2010 5:32:28 AM

^ From where did you get that info ??
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July 8, 2010 7:55:44 AM

It's definately false, and that is a really nice board that will support Xfire at 8x/8x.

In fact the specs you have listed are very good, you won't be disappointed.
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July 8, 2010 2:16:21 PM

Thanks, let's hope I put it to good use. I plan to use an Nvidia card in it, maybe the GTX 460 if it's good when it cones out. I don't like how much hastle ATI drivers take, and when I've uses them they're very sketchy with stability, but that was probably a different issue. There's one other problem, thought. This board has the 4+4 pin CPU power plug on it, and my PSU only has one of these. I'll be fine, right?
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July 8, 2010 2:31:02 PM

I also heard the 1200 shader units thing on the Neweggcustomer review page. I was pretty sure that it wasn't correct, as a lot of people don't have their facts straight on the customer reviews page.
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July 8, 2010 11:04:19 PM

If your PSU only has a 4 pin power connector for the CPU yes it's going to be a problem. The 955 requires a 4+4 or 8 pin
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July 9, 2010 2:31:43 AM

Well my psu is the coolermaster extreme power duo 650w, and it says: 4 pin x 1 CPU+12V Connector. The mobo specs list the port Is 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector, but 4 pins are covered by a place protector plate, and four are not. I thought that this may still be compatible. Guess not?
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July 9, 2010 3:32:01 AM

Good idea but how exactly does that converter cable give more power than the regular 4 pin connector?
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July 9, 2010 3:33:34 AM

Because it has 8 pins that actually tap more power from the PSU. At a 650W PSU you have plenty of power, but by only plugging a 4 pin into the motherboard, it limits how much power the motherboard asks for. I hope that makes sense.
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July 9, 2010 3:50:31 AM

It does, thanks, but that just makes me wonder about system stability and all. This could have been a bit of a setback but you may have just saved me from having to buy a new psu :)  I will probably eventually pick up a Corsair 750HX as a replacement.
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July 9, 2010 3:54:04 AM

Might I suggest an OCZ 700W PSU. It has glowing reviews from johnyguru.com and hardwaresecrets.com.

It's modular, and 700W and only costs 59.99 after Mail in Rebate.

Happy Link!
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July 9, 2010 3:59:04 AM

Best answer selected by Barret50cal.
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July 9, 2010 4:00:22 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely take a look at it!
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July 9, 2010 4:04:20 AM

Enjoy your build, if you have any problems come back and we'll gladly help!
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July 9, 2010 7:45:06 AM

Check the thread, just commented on it.
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July 11, 2010 1:22:09 AM

It appears it does
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July 13, 2010 7:03:11 AM

Ok so now I need to know: what are the differences between the 890FX/890GX/790FX chipsets? (Comparing 890FX vs. 890GX, and 890FX vs. 790FX)

Thanks.
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July 13, 2010 7:04:37 AM

Ok so now I need to know: what are the differences between the 890FX/890GX/790FX chipsets? (Comparing 890FX vs. 890GX, and 890FX vs. 790FX)

Thanks.
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