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Swapping from Intel to AMD need some help/advice

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March 22, 2012 8:52:18 PM

A long story short I started receiving BSODs a while back and haven't been able to figure out the exact cause though I believe it's narrowed to the CPU/mobo.

More details about the machine; http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-debugging/219481-bso...


Hardware Specs;
CPU; i7 940 at stock speeds I don't like to OC still a newbie
GPU; HiS AMD Radeon 5870
PSU; Zalman 850W
RAM; 8GB, 4gb is patriot G series the other 4gb is g2 series
HDD; 5 Different hard drives I know you're thinking why so many but it was how the PC was built when I bought it and the price for the components seemed right
Mobo; EVGA x58 SLI LE

So it seems the original owner of the PC seems to have OC'ed the CPU near to death before he sold it off to me and it's practically dead now.


Instead of replacing my old CPU for a hefty price I have decided to get a new AMD CPU and motherboard. I was looking for advice on some good CPU/Mobo combos that are well suited together, and not too high in the price range. Budget for the 2 is ~325 total

One motherboard I was looking at was the GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 22, 2012 8:59:16 PM

I had the UD5 variant of that board originally in my build, it died on me 3 weeks after owning it, and after a dismal experience with Gigabyte tech support I opted for an Asus Sabertooth. Maybe I just had a bad experience, but the problem I had with the board was an error message "Main BIOS failure, HPA not available".. You google it, every result you get points to Gigabyte products.

Consider this, I have this board, with the older Phenom CPU, it runs great.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with this CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 325, right on your budget. All the other parts should swap over, I'd recommend a clean OS install for best results.
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March 23, 2012 3:57:30 AM

Well thanks for the heads up my mind wasn't set on the motherboard, and that Sabertooth board seems to have a lot better reviews going for it :p  and that processor is quick i'd be worried about that thing overheating.
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March 23, 2012 4:10:56 AM

Tbrown37 said:
Well thanks for the heads up my mind wasn't set on the motherboard, and that Sabertooth board seems to have a lot better reviews going for it :p  and that processor is quick i'd be worried about that thing overheating.



I wouldn't worry too much bout that. Its just a clocked up FX-4100, I've seen benchmarks of them running 4.5GHZ on the stock cooler just fine. See for yourself: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/16/

Sabertooth board is pretty nice, wait til u see the BIOS on these things, its not your old crappy blue screen BIOS. :bounce: 
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March 23, 2012 4:38:12 AM

My vote would be for the FX 6200 as well in a gaming pc . The extra clock speed can only help , and more cores wont much or maybe at all .

If you wont crossfire or SLI then the best cost performance ratio mb IMO is the
ASUS M5A97 evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 23, 2012 4:50:48 AM

Outlander_04 said:
My vote would be for the FX 6200 as well in a gaming pc . The extra clock speed can only help , and more cores wont much or maybe at all .

If you wont crossfire or SLI then the best cost performance ratio mb IMO is the
ASUS M5A97 evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Hes a man after my own heart, hes got 5 HDDs in that thing lol. The evo board only has 6 SATA connectors, that board would only leave room for one Optical drive.
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March 24, 2012 4:59:18 AM

Yeah i'll need a board that I can put all my HDD into though I could always take 1-2 out most of the space goes unused and I plan to reformat the OS after I get my new hardware. As for the 6200 over the 4170 according to http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o... I will save some bucks and not be losing anything by going with the 4170 also I don't plan to do OC'ing. A bios that's not the original blue screen we've had for a decade? Sounds aesthetically pleasing xD
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