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Old 06-11-2015, 06:59 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I am thinking of doing another build but maybe AMD based, I am looking for around for motherboard that is up to scratch based on something like the FM1 socket. I'd be using this for gaming and running virtual machines. Doesn't need to be able to run the most latest titles but it'd be nice to run GTA 5. I am looking at a CPU like the A8-3870K, Any good for my uses? Right now I am focused on find motherboard, CPU and ram.
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All up to date (and even last gen) CPU's that have 4 cores performs pretty much identical in most games.
Games are more GPU depended than anything else combined.

Problem is that that CPU is about 4 years old. You shouldn't buy it
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:34 AM   #3
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Maybe something FM2 based would be better?
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That would properly be the best option for a socket on AMD.
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As far as AMD goes I've always been a fan of t he FX series (specifically the FX-8350 or one of the 9000 series) as they overclock really well
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From my experience the Phenom chips seemed to deliver better gaming performance than the FX chips "clock for clock," but for the currently released chips you're better off with an FX chip with an Nvidia graphics card. (I'd recommend Nvidia dedicated cards all day long to be honest, not a fan of AMDs offering at the moment.)
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:19 PM   #7
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Looking at this motherboard Asrock AMD FM2 FM2A68M HD FOR APU With FM2 FM2 Socket Matx 2 X DIMM DDR3 | eBay
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That should work just fine. You properly have noticed that it comes with only 2 RAM ports. That shouldn't matter for most people though, but have you also noticed that i doesn't support analog surround sound? That is a deal breaker for me. It also appears to only have 6 USB ports. I would feel more comfortable buying a board with 8.
The first 5 of my USB ports are already covered by my input devices and headset.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:46 AM   #9
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Yeah I noticed that. The highest CPU that the board can take is an A10 Godvari or Kaveri ASRock > FM2A68M-DG3+
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