Gaming motherboard Prediciment

I'm trying to make my first Budget gaming pc. My budget is £550.
the things ive picked out so far are:
GPU:MSI twin frozr 650 ti
CPU:Phenom x4 955 BE
ram: 4 or 8 GB depedning on how much i have left.

The way I see it is I can spend maximum of £80 on a gaming motherboard. I may run sli down the road or would it be better for me to just upgrade my gpu instead? Any help on the matter would be lovely>.^
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  1. Thanks for answering, But I disagree. All sites I have checked for gaming pc's have worse specs than what is in my build for a higher price. Even ebay's used computers cost more than my build with worse specs.
  2. I wouldn't listen to him. He's a smart spam bot.

    My advice is not to skimp on the PSU and to avoid SLi. It's a premium only if you want to get crazy performance, but ultimately will be bottlenecked by the Phenom II. I would ensure you buy a 990FX motherboard to ensure you can upgrade to the next generation of AMD CPUs, because although the current crop of them are abysmal, it will hurt resale if you don't and there is hardly a premium on them.

    I wish you best of luck, while I investigate this spam issue. :)
  3. Haha silly Spam bot>.^
    Thanks for the advice. By next generation Cpu's are you refering to the bulldozer range? I've heard bad things about those. if not then Ill probably get an 990fx like you said. any one in particular?
  4. Spam bots get nuked when I see them.
  5. brandesimo said:
    Haha silly Spam bot>.^
    Thanks for the advice. By next generation Cpu's are you refering to the bulldozer range? I've heard bad things about those. if not then Ill probably get an 990fx like you said. any one in particular?


    Next-gen Bulldozer may work in 990FX motherboards. Or so they say.

    I'm just thinking it might hurt resell value later on if you want to resell the motherboard. I doubt NG-Bulldozer will be good, but who knows?

    If it doesn't cost much more I would go with 990FX.
  6. I am sure the Piledriver will work in the 990fx boards. AMD has a pretty compatibility track record for things like that.

    These boards are pretty decent entry level 990fx boards:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157266

    I am probably going to get the extreme 4 at some point myself.
  7. Ok the first board seems to be great. I doupt i'll be reselling anytime in the near future but yeah This still seems like a great choice
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