Getting AMD for the first time

cheti

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Alright, so im gonna upgrade from my pentium dual core e6500 and gigabyte ep43t ud3l to a new mobo/cpu combo.
I chose AMD FX8120 for the cpu and now the mobo: I know it has to be an am3+ but what else ? For example if i was going with the i5 i knew it had to be p67/p68 and 1155 socket. So... what should i know about am3+ mobos and cpus ?

As for the other OFFTOPIC part: Im getting an SSD, atm my 5400rpm hdd is using a SATA2 cable, so for the SSD: corsair force 60gb i should get a mobo that supports sata3 ?
 

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Basically look sround for AM3+ mobos and find one that serves all your harware needs, like the SATA3 you asked about. If you plan on getting an SSD find one with SATA3 ports, if you have or plan on using crossfire find one that will support it etc.
 

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Considering the computer usage the best decision could be go towards the Sandy-bridge (Ivy-bridge) Cpus. What will be your usage? Games? Rendering videos?
 


Asus Crosshair V formula or Asrock Fatality 990FX.

Alternatively; MSI 990FX GD80
 

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You don't necessarily need a 140 euro mobo, but you haven't stated if you want to crossfire/sli. The mobos sarinade suggested are very good high end boards, with crossfire/sli capabilities. However, if you are not interested in crossfire/sli then I would suggest a 970-based AM3+ motherboard such as this:

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

I have learned the hard way over the years to not skimp on the motherboard. Even if you are building a basic system, get a quality motherboard as the foundation of your system.

Most, if not all, AM3+ motherboards will have SATA 3 ports, so don't worry about that.
 

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This. The CPU tests done here consistently indicate that intel can hand AMD their asses in performance for a similar price.
 

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No you don't. Sata ports are backwards compatable, meaning you can plug your SATAII HDD into a SATAIII port and it will read it perfectly. Mechanical drives will not even saturate a SATAII port, so do not worry about losing any speed or seeing a difference by using the SATAIII ports.
 

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Also those UEFI based mobo .. asus AM3+ 990 mobo's are the Shiznit pretty much the best on the market for am3+ .. ( i have a crossfire V 990fx myself) I require the pci-e x16l lanes along with the compatiblity with my solid last of the old kick ass phenom AM3' while i wait for a better than bulldozer compatible cpu.

pair it with a solid state and expect sub 10 second boots from cold ;-D


 

cheti

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the point of your post was really hard to understand, sorry.
are you saying the mobo you linked is good or bad ?
 

synthaside

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what im saying is , if you wanted to get an AMD motherboard that was the same quality as the one you linked for intel ... then the one i have just linked would work for you

http://arvutikeskus.ee/est/TOOTEKATALOOG/ARVUTIKOMPONENDID-Emaplaadid-Socket-AM3-emaplaadid254/ASUS-AM3-AMD760G-DDR3-VGA-CROSSFIREX-HB-M5A78L-M-LX3-145705

The the expensive AMD board has lots of extra features its not fair to compare the gigabyte to the cheaper intel board it as its a completely differnt product both may be good motherboards but ones very differnt has more ports features slots etc
 

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It is not just about the motherboard but also the CPU that will be paired with it the i5 2500K has substantially better performance than the FX-8120 for the same amount of money.
 

cheti

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i5 + the motherboard for i5 is 192 + 80 euros
fx8120 + the mobo for fx8120 is 166 + 60 euros

thats basically the money for an ssd.
 
In a gaming environment considering most of the performance comes from a the GPU, the real world experience is not noticeable, synthetics suggest varying margins but the FX chips all game well over the minimum playable frame rates, paired with a strong GPU will game exceptionally well. The FX is proficient where you load up the threads, in high thread scenario's are required the FX will match and in instances beat Intel i7 chips with CMT being more efficient than HT at a lower cost.

Having tested and benched a number of builds I will say that you will be happy with a Intel setup, but that in no means suggests that a AMD setup cannot do what you need it to do. In any event I would 1] Wait for Ivy Bridge or 2] Wait for Piledriver, with IB coming soon it is probably more in your interest to do that.