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Help choosing motherboard for budget gaming PC please

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=HDZ955FBK4DGM&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1207

OCZ ModXStream 600W Modular Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-ModXStream-Modular-Performance-compatible/dp/B001EYV690/ref=cm_lmf_tit_5

Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145343

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC
http://www.vuugo.com/en/PCI-Express-30/Sapphire-Radeon-HD7770-Overclocked-Edition-1GB-128bit-GDDR5-PCI-E-Video-Card/11201-02-20G.aspx

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R2&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1207

Coolermaster Haf 912
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1207


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.


TD;DR:
What is the best motherboard for phenom 955 BE that is not stupidly expensive? Thanks! =D
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  1. Here is one i found does anyone know if it's good?
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
  2. How expensive is stupidly expensive?
    And the 600 watt PSU is major overkill for your build.
  3. 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=N82E16813130638&Tpk=MSI%20760GM-P21
  4. 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.
  5. I'd get an i3-2100 and an asrock z77 extreme 4 :P
  6. Best answer
    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=N82E16817139026

    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=N82E16813157280
  7. K K0 said:
    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=N82E16813130638&Tpk=MSI%20760GM-P21


    this is more appropriate and bronze.
    SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W $61.99
  8. 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
  9. The i3 will slightly out game the 955, since almost no games can utilize a four processor cores.
  10. 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.
  11. 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=N82E16813131767

    is there any reason one would be better than the other?
  12. Anonymous said:
    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?
  13. I just want to say thanks everyone who is helping me
  14. 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.
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. Yeah get an i3-2120 and an ASRock Z77 Pro3, and when the money comes in, get a 3570K :D
  18. Ok that's what i'll do thanks everyone for the help it helped a lot =]
  19. Best answer selected by K K0.
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