Need help with decisions

Hello!

I've recently built my friend a real nice rig with an Intel i5-3570K, msi board, ocz ssd, h60 cooling, and radeon 7870 ghz edition.

I was amazed how fast it was with the combined processor and ssd. I was amazed how much overclocking actually made a difference (only to 4.2ghz)

So now I want one, but don't have quite enough money. Which is why I need help with decisions.

My Specs:
AMD FX-6100 3.3ghz
16gb g.skill 1600mhz
6870 Radeon
HP Gigabyte motherboard (Originally was just a hp computer but I've upgraded just about everything including case)
1tb 7200 rpm hdd

So I want to know if I should get a new motherboard and overclock, along with a ssd for my OS or if that would be a complete waste.

My current motherboard cannot overclock, and won't let me install my CM Hyper 212 Evo I have. It's also plain ugly.

Pic of insides: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6-oSOX2Wnas/UBH-OTkkgvI/AAAAAAAAAx0/8hESD53tKEQ/s640/%255BUNSET%255D.jpg (Old Photo, not updated)

I was thinking about an MSi Motherboard because I've built multiple systems for friends with one and they've been reliable.

Tell me what you think!
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  1. I would definitely recommend upgrading to an SSD and getting a different board... Here are my two recommendations :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

    I'm not too of your budget, but they perform great for the money.
  2. I was thinking smaller OCZ ssd, like 64gb since it will just be the os and all my junk and games will be on my 1tb hdd

    I'm looking at this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130620

    Same kind as my buddy's build which I really liked, but for AMD of course and different still.

    Oh and did I mention my current board does not have SATA 6gb/s so thats another reason.

    As for the ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725
  3. Ah okay :) that's understandable! I used to do the same :lol:

    Personally I would get a different board, from looking at some reviews, it looks like the BIOS is a bit buggy. You may or may not have this problem, but I would prefer not to take the risk...

    Though it's a little bit more expensive, I would very much prefer getting the board I linked.

    Also, I would swap out your choice of SSD for something like this -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148524
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227801
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233223
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120

    **EDIT**
    Some budget oriented boards that will OC just fine -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
  4. I was thinking of crossfire later on which is why I wanted the 990fx chipset.

    I think the original one you linked me will be good.

    As for the ssd, I see your point, I'll go with the Crucial M4.
  5. Tmant123 said:
    I was thinking of crossfire later on which is why I wanted the 990fx chipset.

    I think the original one you linked me will be good.

    As for the ssd, I see your point, I'll go with the Crucial M4.


    Ah I see :)

    And that's a good choice for an SSD. I've heard some bad things about the OCZ "XXX" 3 series of SSD's... I would prefer not to go near them. The Vertex4's seem to be very reliable, however.
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