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    recommend me a mainboard

    hi
    I’m thinking of doing a small upgrade to my gaming pc, I’m thinking of going for a AMD FX 9590 but i can’t seem to find a good mainboard to go with it, I’m looking for one with at least pci-e 3.0 so my 970 can open up a bit more also raid would be nice as my steam drive is a raid 0 , my budget is about £200 (not including cpu)

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    Re: recommend me a mainboard

    Don't waste your money on that overpriced power hungry cpu. If you are going to spend that sort of money then a i5 4690k and Z97 motherboard is the way to go. If you really want to stick to AMD then get a 8320/8320e which will drop in your current motherboard and clock it.

    i5 4690K and Gigabyte Z97X-SLI bundle £277.98

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    8320e £109.99 or 8320 £119.99.

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    Re: recommend me a mainboard

    The 9590 is a strange choice for a primarily gaming PC, it's quite a lot slower than a similarly priced i5 in the typical floating point heavy game.

    All of the AM3+ chipsets are pretty ancient and don't support PCI-E 3.0. Graphics cards don't see much benefit from it though so it's no big deal:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/N...Scaling/1.html

    I'm not quite sure what your requirements are with the RAID setup. What do you mean by a 'bit more RAID'? I'm not quite sure what your current set up is doing, I didn't think steam had been that successful at getting non-game apps.

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    Re: recommend me a mainboard

    What rev is your existing motherboard? If that is a DS3 rev 3, then it can take an FX8370 and job done. Don't bother with the 'E' low power variant, I don't think you will see enough performance increase over your existing hex core Phenom.

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    Re: recommend me a mainboard

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    What rev is your existing motherboard? If that is a DS3 rev 3, then it can take an FX8370 and job done. Don't bother with the 'E' low power variant, I don't think you will see enough performance increase over your existing hex core Phenom.
    According to the mainboard 1.1

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    Re: recommend me a mainboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Elspuddy View Post
    According to the mainboard 1.1
    Ok, that isn't so good. The supported CPU list is:

    http://uk.gigabyte.com/support-downl....aspx?pid=4297

    Of those I think the most interesting one is the FX 6350. These chips need clock speed to be impressive, which is why I am ignoring the 8370E.

    In your shoes I would probably get a new motherboard, and with that budget I would probably be looking at an i5 or Xeon.

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