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Advice on mobo - AMD FX-4100 build

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December 9, 2011 5:10:39 AM

Thinking about trying out a AMD gaming build with a FX-4100. Please don't suggest Intel I have this sitting next to me for sale: I have a few cases sitting here so won't need one of those. Have been building with 3&4 core phenoms w/various budget AM3 boards or i5-2500k w/various P67/Z68 boards lately and think its time to see how a decent bulldozer build performs for myself. Have this in my cart:
FX-4100 $120
XFX 6870 $170
OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular $100
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600 $30
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-90G $135
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $25
Samsung dvd/cd $17

Total $600 with $60 in rebates

Looking at these 5 AM3+ boards, want the option to crossfire/sli down the road:|13-157-272^13-157-272-TS%2C13-157-262^13-157-262-TS%2C13-128-510^13-128-510-TS%2C13-157-248^13-157-248-TS%2C13-131-754^13-131-754-TS

Leaning towards the ASRock 970 EXTREME4 a bit because I do also have a pair of GTX 460's on hand in case I get someone who prefers nvidia. Looking to keep it under $750 before rebates without a case. Would love some advice on a AM3+ mobo I haven't used any yet and open to any other suggestions to cut cost.
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December 9, 2011 5:26:23 AM

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 is the budget SLI/ crossfire choice . The restriction of the pci-e slots to 8x/8x makes no discernable difference to sandy bridge so it wont affect FX either

December 9, 2011 5:32:54 AM

I am currently going with the gigabyte ga 970a for $115, but I have been advised to go the 970 Extreme4 route several times and am thinking of swithcing to it. If you are looking for a best bang for your buck board it; it looks like you'd be hard pressed to find a better am3+ one.
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December 9, 2011 7:41:50 AM

Oh snap just got a email from Microcenter - FX-4100 for $105 plus $50 off select AM3+ mobos, think I will make the 2 hr drive for that deal(will crunch some numbers with gas/tax and figure out what mobos they have in the morning getting sleepy now)
December 9, 2011 7:58:00 AM

I would change the GPU brand to a HIS or Sapphire type