If your looking for a crossfire in the future, hold onto that mobo.
but i'd side with these
MSI Fuzion 890FX MSI 770A Fuzion - misses out on PATA connection ASrock 890FX chip
either the MSI's would be good, but if budget is getting at your throat, get teh Asus, packed with features...if your using them. The good thing about the MSI 870A fuzion is you can use 2GPU's of dif makers together
what is overkill?
something your paying for but really ins't worth its premium price tag...it also means your investing in a package deal (mobo features) which you MAY use but non-the-less is just pure bragging rights.
e'g you live in a busy ,gridlocked neighbourhood and you have a ferrari...all that horsepower and nowhere to burn rubber.
IMO i would go with the AMD 955 BE, since it would save $40 and can easily be put right back to 3.5GHz with a simple multi increase. However, if youre uncomfortable overclocking, the 970 would probably work better.
I'm running that same exact motherboard and it crossroads like a dream when I had 2 ATI 5750's in it and now I'm running a ATI 6870 with no problems. I'd have to agree on going with a Phenom X4 955 BE. I have mine set to 3.6 GHz without changing any other settings and it runs perfectly stable.
If you can find an OEM version of the CPU without a heatsink, that's your best bet and you can use the money you save to get a nice CPU cooler that's quieter and more efficient than the stock one you would get from AMD.
Thank YOU for the vote bro! cheers and good luck with your build.
Remember, IF you want to OC...do a thorough research into it. There are guides to OC'in here at Tom's and also note : OC'ing voids your warranty. Thas why I ask buyers if they want a stable rig without the worry of ruining your PC.