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<$250 mobo, cpu or apu, memory. hoping to crossfire with a 6570

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May 9, 2012 10:40:15 PM

I have a 1gbddr3 sapphire radeon 6570. no mobo, cpu (or apu), or ram.
I have a little over $200 to spend. I already have harddrives, cdroms, case, psu, etc.
I would like a mobo that will be expandable in the future to 16+gbs of ram.
I was thinking if i bought an apu instead of a cpu it might be able to crossfire with my current video card, but unfortunately amd doesnt offer a crossfire compatibility list on their apu product pages so i dont know what will work.

I found a bundled

Sapphire PURE PLATINUM A75 (PT-A8A75) AMD Socket FM1
+ AMD A6-3670K Quad Core 2.7GHz
+ Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Memory

for $199 here: http://www.canadacomputers.com/bundle_info.php?bundle_i...

It seems like it might be my best option, but i am skeptical about the FM1 socket, im not sure what its future upgradability will be versus say the am3+ socket.

Any advice?
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May 9, 2012 11:39:17 PM

I would go this route instead and save money for a second gpu later.

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

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

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

That comes in at around $265 and a $0 for shipping.

This gives you a quad core "Relevant" cpu..and Excellent Motherboard and Kingston HyperX is OUTSTANDING memory.

This will outperform "by far" what you were looking at and the cpu comes with an excellent cpu cooler included...it's copper and a solid performer...also allows for upgrading later.

The reliability and excellent customer support and some of the industries best warranties. It's a bit more than you quoted at a little over $200 but gets you an awesome...relevant for 2-4 yrs....and outstanding performance for monies spent.

it also has onboard video...probably can't crossfire but definitely has potential for any upgrades you might consider down the line...also has the latest relevant chipset in the 990FX. Also Asus is a top-tier manufacturer of motherboards...mature chipsets and mature drivers...well worth consideration

Hope this helps!!
May 10, 2012 12:31:23 AM

tekman42 said:
I would go this route instead and save money for a second gpu later.

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

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

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

That comes in at around $265 and a $0 for shipping.

This gives you a quad core "Relevant" cpu..and Excellent Motherboard and Kingston HyperX is OUTSTANDING memory.

This will outperform "by far" what you were looking at and the cpu comes with an excellent cpu cooler included...it's copper and a solid performer...also allows for upgrading later.

The reliability and excellent customer support and some of the industries best warranties. It's a bit more than you quoted at a little over $200 but gets you an awesome...relevant for 2-4 yrs....and outstanding performance for monies spent.

it also has onboard video...probably can't crossfire but definitely has potential for any upgrades you might consider down the line...also has the latest relevant chipset in the 990FX. Also Asus is a top-tier manufacturer of motherboards...mature chipsets and mature drivers...well worth consideration

Hope this helps!!

I probably should have mentioned that im in canada. Considering US and CA currencies are equivilent, Newegg.ca isnt quite as competitive with their prices as Newegg.com and usually doesnt offer free shipping. The parts you picked came out to $310 for me. Although I might be able to buy the parts locally, so this may still be a better build for me.
I should also mention that I am open to starting with the cheapest available cpu to swap for a better one later (maybe an old am3 cpu as long as its at least dual core), and a single 4gb or 8gb stick of ram and adding more later.
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