I'm thinking about upgrading my rig a bit and saw the AMD Phenom IIx4 975 and just loved it...the problem is, I would need to upgrade my motherboard for it, which is perfectly fine because I had plans on doing so anyway.
My question is, which motherboard would be the best to unlock this beasts' true potential and really make it rumble.
I know performance comes at a price but I do have to set a limit for it so I would say about $120-$180 is my range.
Thank you and hope to get responses soon.
take a look at the ASUS M5A99X EVO, great board lots of features and will support Dual GPUs @x8. Also will be future upgradable for AMD Piledriver, if you needed or wanted to upgrade later. And is $150.00.
Remind me again why you want a Phenom II 975? they're slower than a Core i3 2100
If you intend to overclock to 4.2Ghz you might squeeze the performance you need out of it to best its Intel based Rival with the added benefit of 4 true cores, but the i3 has the added benefit of Ivy Bridge upgrade path.
I know I've already started a flame war here but I never intended to.
Here are the benchmarks that backup my claim (done on a 100Mhz slower PII 970)
we're almost-shockingly left without an AMD CPU to recommend at any price point.
And if he has to upgrade his CPU and Mobo, he should be going for the highest performance for any said price point. At this moment in time all those price points are occupied by an Intel CPU as their top performer.
I think its pretty self explanatory, the OP specifically asked for a motherboard for a AMD Phenom II x4 975......... I didn't see anything about intel in the original post. And for the record the i3 is a very good gaming chip but that doesn't mean that it beats the 975, that's a little ridiculous. I always find it amusing that somehow a benchmark shows one processor with a whopping 8-12FPS advantage and all the sudden the processor below must be complete crap lol.