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    mobo for amd

    Looking for some help finding a good upgrade from MSI m3n78-vm. This will be a gaming and light overclock rig. I'm using a phenom ii x4 965 be. I want to get something that uses DDR3, the m3n78-vm uses only ddr2. I also have a msi gts 250. I have a Gigabyte gtx660 ti oc on the way. I have a corsair psu can't remember the size, 850 or larger. I'm going to run one video card for now, maybe up to two but thats it. Looking at the SSDs aswell. Am I wasting my money upgrading my AMD? Not doing any real work with this computer, just for me and my high school kids to play with.
    Was looking at the Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 thinking AMD may make a better chip that will fit.
    Also need sme good fast ram?? Haven't looked yet.
    Any help at what works good.

    Thanks for your time guys


    MSI M3N78-VM
    AMD Phenom ii X4 965 BE (Deneb)
    Corsair PC2-6400 (400 mhz)
    MSI GeForce GTS 250
    ABIT NF7-S Ver 2.0 nForce2
    XP2100+ Tbred @ 2.34 ghz
    SLK800 with tornado or smartfan
    2x 256 and Corsair XMS 3200 Platinum
    added 1 512 Corsair XMS 3200
    dual channel
    PNY GF4 TI 4200 64mb
    WD 80gig 8mb
    IBM 60gig
    Plextor 48/24/48 CD-RW
    Windows XP Home SP2

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    Re: mobo for amd

    I don't think it would be a waste of money. Your GTX660Ti would be seriously chocked with your current system.
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    Re: mobo for amd

    By waste of money I mean should I just go ahead and get a Intel cpu / motherboard or is my AMD 965 BE going to be good enough to run three to five more years. I don't want to spend tons of money but i would like to upgrade. So with the AMD I would want a new motherboard and ram, Intel would be extra $300 or so, not willing to pay more then that, for a cpu on top of the board and ram.
    I guess I just want you guys to help me make up my mind.
    ABIT NF7-S Ver 2.0 nForce2
    XP2100+ Tbred @ 2.34 ghz
    SLK800 with tornado or smartfan
    2x 256 and Corsair XMS 3200 Platinum
    added 1 512 Corsair XMS 3200
    dual channel
    PNY GF4 TI 4200 64mb
    WD 80gig 8mb
    IBM 60gig
    Plextor 48/24/48 CD-RW
    Windows XP Home SP2

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    Re: mobo for amd

    You could try and find a thuban, it has a DDR2 memory controller. 2 years ago that would have been the most economical option since they were under 100 bucks. Now they cost pretty much the same as an FX since they are so hard to find.

    If your on a tight budget Id recommend a FX X6 with a new mobo and some DDR3 memory.

    Post if you want me to show you some of the exact parts I would recommend.

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    Re: mobo for amd

    Your 965 will last a while. Still a decent processor, just not terribly exciting anymore. But hey, it is free right? If you don't plan on doing multi-GPU, then even a 970 based board will give you what you want. That UD3 is a fine board and so is the MSI 990FX GD65. Put a couple hundred extra MHz on your 965 and be happy until we see where AMD is going with AM3+. Worse comes to worse, then save up for a FX 8350 to slap in that board at some future date... unless AMD somehow decides to make a Steamroller based AM3+ part (I am not holding my breath on that one).

    That being said, the jump from a GTS 250 to a 660ti is going to be night and day. You won't even worry about your processor for a while after enjoying the huge jump in performance and quality from that earlier generation.
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