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July 20, 2012 6:11:34 AM

Hello. I am going to be building a PC for gaming very soon but i don't know enough about motherboards and what makes one better than the other. I'm trying to get best performance for price on everything here is everything i've decided on so far.


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70366&vpn=HDZ955FBK4D...

OCZ ModXStream 600W Modular Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-ModXStream-Modular-Performanc...

Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC
http://www.vuugo.com/en/PCI-Express-30/Sapphire-Radeon-...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212E-20P...

Coolermaster Haf 912
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1...


Everything so far is only $400 not including shipping i already have a harddrive all i need to figure out is what motherboard to get for a reasonable price that is capable of overclocking the processor.




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What is the best motherboard for phenom 955 BE that is not stupidly expensive? Thanks! =D
July 20, 2012 6:39:24 AM

How expensive is stupidly expensive?
And the 600 watt PSU is major overkill for your build.
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July 20, 2012 6:45:34 AM

claysm said:
How expensive is stupidly expensive?
And the 600 watt PSU is major overkill for your build.


Oh is having too much watts a bad thing? I picked it because it's a modular power supply from a pretty good brand for a really good price.

For a motherboard i think around $100 would be good but i found this super cheap one im curious about:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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July 20, 2012 6:52:11 AM

600watt power supply is totally fine. at least you got room for future upgrades just in case you want to crossfire that 7770. ASUS M5A97 AM3+ is a good board. i'd go with that.
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July 20, 2012 6:52:40 AM

I'd get an i3-2100 and an asrock z77 extreme 4 :p 
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July 20, 2012 6:55:07 AM

No, having too much power isn't strictly a bad thing, but PSU's like to be within a certain range of power usage to provide maximum efficiency. You could save a little bit of money by going with something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard that you have posted would certainly work, but it is the last generation chipset, the 760G. You would do yourself a favor by spending a little bit more money and getting something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 20, 2012 6:58:08 AM

amuffin said:
I'd get an i3-2100 and an asrock z77 extreme 4 :p 


Why though? it's $30 more and dual core not quad core and apparently i can overclock phenom 955 safely and easily. (not saying it's better i just want to know why i3-2100 would be better) thanks
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July 20, 2012 7:01:16 AM

The i3 will slightly out game the 955, since almost no games can utilize a four processor cores.
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July 20, 2012 7:02:28 AM

K K0 said:
Why though? it's $30 more and dual core not quad core and apparently i can overclock phenom 955 safely and easily. (not saying it's better i just want to know why i3-2100 would be better) thanks


if you are playing BF3 than the cpu doesn't matter, but quite a bit of other games intel performs better than AMD.
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July 20, 2012 7:03:36 AM

claysm said:
The i3 will slightly out game the 955, since almost no games can utilize a four processor cores.


Oh wow ok that gives me a lot to think about. What did you think about the other mother board i posted compared to the one you showed me though? This one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

is there any reason one would be better than the other?
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July 20, 2012 7:06:08 AM

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if you are playing BF3 than the cpu doesn't matter, but quite a bit of other games intel performs better than AMD.
http://media.bestofmicro.com/X/N/323915/original/Skyrim.png


But if i overclocked the 955 a reasonable amount do you think it would be way better than the i3-2100?
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July 20, 2012 7:06:52 AM

I just want to say thanks everyone who is helping me
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July 20, 2012 7:08:34 AM

ASUS has a slightly higher reputation in the motherboard world than ASRock, but ASRock has really stepped up of late and so the quality of the boards will be about the same. The only difference will be the number of SATA and USB 2.0/3.0 ports, PCIe slots and the like.
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July 20, 2012 7:14:18 AM

K K0 said:
But if i overclocked the 955 a reasonable amount do you think it would be way better than the i3-2100?

Look at the upgrade paths [:lutfij:4]
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July 20, 2012 7:14:21 AM

K K0 said:
But if i overclocked the 955 a reasonable amount do you think it would be way better than the i3-2100?

if reasonable you mean slightly? no.
quite a bit to match the performance? yes.

also you can upgrade the cpu on an intel set up, with an AMD build you will be pretty much topping out performance wise. and as much as AMD folks are getting excited about the Llanos, the cpu side; which is going to be the piledrivers when they come out, still cannot compete with any intel offering.
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July 20, 2012 7:19:37 AM

Yeah get an i3-2120 and an ASRock Z77 Pro3, and when the money comes in, get a 3570K :D 
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July 20, 2012 7:34:31 AM

Ok that's what i'll do thanks everyone for the help it helped a lot =]
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July 20, 2012 8:00:31 AM

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July 20, 2012 8:37:54 AM

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