Opinions on a gaming mobo and GPU

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month.

Budget Range: 400 dollars (For mobo and GPU)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only (MMO's,FPS, Skyrim, etc)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS ( Win7 64 bit), processor, case, PSU (Will decide on one after I find the right GPU)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I am going with an AMD 1100T hex-core, so anything compatible with that

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am going for a pure gaming build and this will be my first build. I had a GPU in mind but I wanted to be sure it would be the right one and paired with everything else would give me a good FPS while on max settings. Here it is on Newegg, although I would rather buy it off Amazon.

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102898&fb_source=message

Also had this mobo in mind, but as with the GPU I wanted to make sure I was getting the best bang for my buck for gaming.
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055QYKQO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Thank you for your time and if you need any other information from me just ask!
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  1. ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    110$

    MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578 265

    total:375$
  2. Would you suggest any other mobos for a bit more? I would be willing to pay out a little more knowing this setup would last a few years running on max settings.
  3. If you have not already bought the CPU, I would strongly suggest you consider a Sandy Bridge build on a Z68 mobo instead. Performance will be a lot better all around.
    Otherwise, manu11's choices are good. Whether or not you can max your settings will be more dependent on the GPU than on the mobo. I haven't gotten too deep into it yet, but Skyrim looks great on my GTX560Ti with a Phenom II 970BE.
  4. Yeah that is actually the reason I am building a pc, to play Skyrim (plus EQ2,Rift, etc) I am at the point of not being able to play it anymore on my PS3. What type of PSU would you all suggest for the GTX560Ti?
  5. if you want to sli, a quality 750w psu would be just enough.
  6. a hexcore is a poor choice for a gamer .

    The budget gaming champion is the FX 4100 that can OC to 4.6 GHz on the stock cooler .
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/

    Use the Asrock 970 gen4 motherboard

    and the most powerful graphics card you can afford .
  7. Outlander_04 said:
    a hexcore is a poor choice for a gamer .

    The budget gaming champion is the FX 4100 that can OC to 4.6 GHz on the stock cooler .
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/

    Use the Asrock 970 gen4 motherboard

    and the most powerful graphics card you can afford .



    he already has the 1100t in his hands, :non: and have you made a notepad copy in which you have writen fx 4100 and asrock 970 mobo, and also the legit reviews link :D
  8. manu 11 said:
    he already has the 1100t in his hands, :non: and have you made a notepad copy in which you have writen fx 4100 and asrock 970 mobo, and also the legit reviews link :D



    I prefer to retype it each time , but I have considered doing it your way .

    He should still get the 970 gen4 , and spend all the rest of the budget on a graphics card . The Hexcore isnt a bad processor , its just no as good value for money for a gamer
  9. Yeah I already bought the 1100T, plus the mobo and card manu suggested. Just looking for a solid 128 SSD now and I'll have what I need. I also got a 750 watt PSU.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E98FVS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
  10. very nice psu, should go for it.
  11. What would you recommend for a SSD? I've got my eye on one of the Samsung 128GB models, I am gonna try going with only the SSD, no HDD. I can always buy one for a backup down the road if needed.
  12. Thanks for your time guys, I believe I have everything set now.
  13. good luck!
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