Need advice on a AMD build that will last 2-3 years.

Hello, and thank you for reading my thread. This will be my 3rd system I have built and I have learned from my mistakes. My goal is to build a system that will last a good 2-3 years. Tell me what you think.

The processor is an FX-8350 I do wanna do a mild overclock something like 4.5 and I will buy a after market cooler. Just dont know which one yet.

A 1TB WD hard drive

The mother board is a M5A97 R2.0. This is where I am confused on what to get. I do not wanna use SLI or Crossfire so this is what i figured will be good. But I herd there is mother boards that you can click a button and it will OC the processor is this asus that?

Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133.

My case Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.

I am buying Windows 7 64-bit to.
please no flaming I want a system that will last 2-3 years, because that my guess when ddr4 will be affordable I know steamroller maby be out soon but I wanna get my computer why I have the money.

I currently have a 550 Watt power supply I will use and a GTX 660 SC.

My current system is a x6 2.7
Biostar 880g+
8GB 1333MHZ ripjaws
windows XP lol
and a 180gb WD hard drive.
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  1. This system is for gaming I would like to run graphics on High at 1080p, but I need new monitor
  2. Your choices all look good...the FX8350 should last you a few years, and you can upgrade later to steamroller and maybe excavator in 2015. You wouldn't have to change motherboards either with that 970 chipset mobo. Good choice on the RAM, 2133 MHz is useful for AMD machines.
  3. Seems like a reasonable build to me. I highly recommend not using automatic processor OCing buttons or software, yes they do usually work but they almost always increase the voltage way to high just to make sure the settings won't crash. You can almost always get faster speeds at lower voltages if you OC manually through the BIOS. There are times when it is useful to use software for OCing as long as the software lets you actually set the actual settings and is not a "Click here for boost" type of software. Good luck on your system...
  4. Thanks for the replies . Should I go for the M5A99FX or stick with the 97? Is the is it confirmed that I would be able to use a steamroller because that was possibly my plan. I will try to overclock manually I just have never done it, but a mild overclock from 4.0 to 4.5 should not be to bad.
  5. I would stick with the M5A97 R2.0 unless you are planning on doing some really serious overclocking (like 5.0Ghz+ for the cpu or want to run memory over 2300Mhz+) or you need more PCI-E slots for SLI or Crossfire. In the end both are good boards and it just depends on what you need and what you want to spend.
  6. Awsome thanks for the help. I might do mild overclocking and Stick with 1 gpu
  7. When you install the AMD unified driver for the mb chipset and processor you have software overclocking options . Its a couple of mouse clicks and the software will run the cpu speed up till it decides it is reaching an uncomfortable temp .
    You save the settings and you are done .

    The M5A97 R2.0 has a few features trimmed compared to the evo model but it still has the huge VRM heatsinks and digital voltage control . This is excellent for overclocking and stability

    The rosewill challenger is not a great case . The earlier version won an award from Tomshardware for being cheap . They commented it had thin metal and cheap plastic and they wished they could have fit an Antec case into the budget .
    IMO the best budget case for a gamer is the Antec ONE gamer [ not available at newegg]

    Also great is the Antec 302
    Corsair 200R
    And CM HAF 912

    Consider Win8 64 bit . It has a better license that will let you move it to another computer [ unlike oem 7] , it willhave a longer supported life , and it has many small improvements .
    It takes a few minutes to nuke the apps on the metro screen and install a free start button like classicshell and then it behaves exactly like 7
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