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Thread: AM3+ motherboard decision... which one?

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    Question AM3+ motherboard decision... which one?

    Ok, my system is starting to show its age (3+ years) but it's plowed along like a trooper, however, my favorite holiday is here, tax refund season!
    Building a new system, and narrowed down to two mobo choices...
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 or
    ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional

    Looking at AMD Quad or 6 core processor, probably 8GB RAM, single video card, 24" HD monitor, nothing overly beastly.
    Right now my CPU choice is the
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE Thuban (if I can find one) or
    AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz (thoughts on this also?)

    And probably an AMD HD6950 video card (trying to keep it sub-$250)

    Thoughts on CPU and Mobo? is one or the other work better as a combo?

    Also, due to my asthetic vanity, keeping a color scheme of black and red for the most part. Trivial, but it's my ongoing theme, lol.

    Oh, and CPU cooler, I haven't kept up on hardware as much lately, rocking a ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT on my Athlon X2 3000+ right now... Better choices for my AM3+?

    Edit: Primary use is medium gaming, stayed away from high end games due to system age, I play WoW regularly, Fallout 3 some, Farcry 2 a bit, etc. Working 70 hrs/week doesn't allow much gaming anymore, but I want my options open.
    Last edited by DarkRose; 02-02-2012 at 05:20 PM. Reason: added info
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1
    AMD FX-4100 BE
    8GB G.Skill DDR3
    Radeon HD6870
    Soundblaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Pro
    Logitech G15
    Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

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    Default Re: AM3+ motherboard decision... which one?

    without knowing those 2 boards personally, I'd pick the gigabyte from those. ASRock have good features but a cheap feeling when you have them (might just be superstition though).
    On cpu you are on the right track, I'd get a 1090T rather as well. It still performs better on most tasks - It does use a lot of power though.

    The 2 ASUS 990FX boards are both awesome, but might end up over the money you want to spend, personally I regret going with the ROG version instead of the Sabertooth half a year ago. On cooler I use the NZXT Havik 140, where the new 120model would most likely be sufficient though. It's silent (can't hear it next to gfx card in idle), and my CPU has never been above 45 degrees. (My full specs are in signature)
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