Which mid-range mobo and RAM to buy?

Hi all

I am in the process of upgrading my PC. I bought a new Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU, a corsair TX650 PSU and a MSI R6870 Hawk GPU. I now need a new DDR3 mobo and RAM. I will look to play games such as MW3, Crysis 1, Crysis warhead and Crysis 2 and BBC3. However Im not interested in having the cream of the crop, high mid range would do.

I want a mid range mobo in or around £50 - £80 which supports crossfire. Im not really interested in overclocking but I would like a board which will be relevant for a few years (usually upgrade every 3 years). I also want to buy 8GB of DDR3 ram. I am looking at the following:

Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 1600MHz CL9 8GB DIMM Memory Module (Kit of 2) - Grey

Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H AMD 880G (Socket AM3) microATX DDR3 Motherboard

I would appreciate any views on this kit and would welcome any ideas on how to improve upon albeit without an great extra expense.

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Many thanks!
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  1. I suggest that you increase your budget and get this AM3+ 990X board, Crossfire at X16 X4 is not recommended! http://www.ebuyer.com/270603-gigabyte-ga-990xa-ud3-am3-7-1-channel-hd-audio-atx-motherboard-ga-990xa-ud3
  2. Hey

    I dont know a huge amount about PCIE slots but I take it the second slot on the mobo I posted runs at X4 which is a much slower speed right? I guess thats only gonna be a problem if I ever want to run crossfire.

    Other than the crossfire issue can you see any problems?
  3. No no other issues
  4. Hey

    I decided to follow your advice and invest more in a higher end mobo that will enable me to use Crossfire as I know I will definitely want to CX my graphics card in future.

    So Ive decided to go with this mobo and 4gb of this RAM.

    ASUS Crosshair IV Formula - AMD 890FX - Socket AM3 - PCI-E 2.0 - DDR3 1600/1800/1866 - SATA 6Gb/s RAID - SupremeFX X-Fi Audio - CrossFire - ATX

    CORSAIR CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz PC3-12800 240pin DIMM Memory Module Kit

    They will be compatible right? Im only going for 4gb or RAM as I only use XP 32bit.

    Also I use a standard size PC case, I assume this mobo will fit in there with no issues?

    Thank you for your help Rolli59
  5. That should work fine together presuming the std case means mid tower..
  6. why all the folks are leaving 18 in last of their post?
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