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December 31, 2012 2:40:15 AM

Looking for suggestions on two Asus motherboards below for an upgrade, have these two in mind: Need opinions on the 2 below

Crosshair V Formula-Z & SABERTOOTH 990FX R2 (Leaning more towards the Sabertooth since I am not too savvy with OC)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATEe.g.: Next Month, BUDGET RANGEe.g.: USD $150-250)Before / After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming MAINLY BLACK OPS

CURRENT GPU : ATI Radeon HD 4250
Being replaced by EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

CURRENT POWER SUPPLY: THERMALTAKE TT-450NL2NK (450W) PSU
Being Replaced by Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: M4A88T-M MOTHERBOARD AND PHENOM II X6 1055T CPU THUBAN 2.8GHZ
16GB KINGSTON HYPER X Blu Ram DDR3 1600

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Amazon, EBay, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA Centereach, NY

MONITOR RESOLUTION 1920x1080)
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December 31, 2012 2:58:21 AM

Why don't you switch to Intel since you;re going GTX 680? The 1055T will be a bottleneck in some situations.

EDIT: 850W is an overkill too, and in the price range of the toughpower there are better PSUs.
December 31, 2012 3:07:28 AM

Already purchased the Toughpower, sweet deal from newegg after rebates cost only $120. I am pushing my limit now since Ive already purchased the GPU as well. Was thinking of upgrading to an FX much later on.
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December 31, 2012 3:12:57 AM

Both the FX and Pheonms are bottlenecking in some cases.

Both MOBOs are overkill, you won't do a 3-way or 4-way SLI to pick any of them.
So I'd suggest something in budget like the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 or similar if you like just Asus boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 31, 2012 3:57:34 AM

so basically the other 2 boards are mainly if I want to use 3/4 GPU's which you are correct I wont if anything I would probaly go 2 if at all. Would that be the same criteria for the UD5 & 7 on the gigabyte board? Thanks for your input, I will look at the gigabyte 990FXA-UD3.
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December 31, 2012 4:04:51 AM

Yes that's it, boards with premium are for extra features, like dual LANS, multiple USB 3.0 ports, Quad PCIE 2.0 or 3.0 and so on.

One more time, If I were you I'd switch to Intel right now because your FPS will be limited in specific games due to a CPU bottleneck, to help you understand look at the following;
Phenom II x6 1100T isn't able to hit 60 FPS, losing 17 FPS compared to the i5 3470
December 31, 2012 4:21:28 AM

Ok I see what you mean, so that would definitely make it more expensive, would have to save for the Intel CPu and Motherboard. What would you recommend?
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December 31, 2012 4:26:26 AM

Core i5 3570K + ASRock Z77 Extreme4
$220+$135 and I believe there's a Combo discount by $20.

If you don't have the budget right now, save and upgrade later.
December 31, 2012 5:04:09 AM

Thanks, will definitely keep it in mind. Again appreciate your time an effort.
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