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AM3+ Motherboard Advice

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September 20, 2012 6:55:23 PM

I just recently got a Phenom II X6 1095T, and I plan on upgrading to the FX-8350 when it comes out. I haven't built a computer in forever, and motherboard choices were much easier 10 years ago. So now, I'm seeking advice.

- I'm going to be using it for gaming, and just about nothing else. (inb4 Intel :p )
- I do not plan on running Crossfire/SLI at all.
- Looking for 4 DIMM slots.
- I read Tom's Hardware guide on the auto OC utilities. I have never OC'd, and I don't really want to mess around with it greatly to do it all manually. So auto OC is a great feature for me. (:
- I've been searching Newegg, but a lot of people give low eggs for problems that may or may not be related to the motherboard.
- I have no brand loyalty.
- Last but not least, looking to spend ~$125 on it.

The best idea that I have found so far, is this: and from my understanding, the only difference between the 970 and the 990X/FX is more support for Crossfire. Correct me if I'm wrong here.

I don't know much about components anymore, so I thought I'd consult a more knowledgable crowd.

Thanks in advance guys! (and gals)

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a c 198 V Motherboard
September 20, 2012 7:04:53 PM

Check this mobo. It is right up there for AM3+ features and very close to your price point after rebate. This is a good mobo.

The MSI board you selected isn't bad either, but your ability to OC with the board I am recommending will be better.

Good luck!
a c 116 V Motherboard
September 20, 2012 7:06:48 PM

I would not buy MSI, especially if you have any interest in overclocking (even auto); many of them have weak VRMs that will pop under the added stress. Sorry, I've got a link to an article on and a "trouble chart" they created, but it's at home, not at work. I'd choose something from Asus, ASRock, or Gigabyte.
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a b V Motherboard
September 20, 2012 7:22:39 PM

you're spending money on something that will give minimal gains at best ? why not ride the present horse into the ground and spend money on something that will truly be an upgrade in the future.
September 20, 2012 7:25:09 PM

swifty, could you elaborate on it more please? Are you referring to the chipset?
a b V Motherboard
September 20, 2012 8:07:24 PM

you have a 1090T ? and you want another processor that will give no gains and another mother board for what ?
September 20, 2012 8:17:12 PM

Sorry, I didn't really specify in the OP. I currently do not have a motherboard for this processor. As far as the processor upgrade, I'm referring to the the FX-8350 (New Steamroller chip). I'll wait to see benchmarks and so forth, but it's something that I plan on upgrading if it's worth while. That's why I'd rather be ready for it with a motherboard that will support it.
a b V Motherboard
September 20, 2012 8:21:04 PM

okey dokey.