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Windows 7: Most Powerful Video Card for 150$ - Radeon 6870

10 Feb 2012   #11

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
What Solar said above. Also if you're going to go with a FX series CPU I would really only look at the 970 and up based boards. Reason being is that as I understand it they have a newer/updated power subsystem design to work with the FX CPU's, where the older boards basically only had the socket changed from AM3 to AM3+ and doesn't have the updated power circuitry.

Same goes for any and all Nvidia based boards, unless any of the few remaining manufacturers used the updated circuitry (doubtful), and not just changed the socket and added a bios update.
The motherboard robcardiv listed uses an old nVidia chipset. It's more of an AM2 chipset that offers limited support for AM3 features. The board does not officially support the FX CPUs:

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Socket AM3 - NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a - GA-M68MT-S2 (rev. 1.3)

As there are honest boards at Newegg with AMD chipsets that officially support the FX CPU for less than $5 more than nVidia based board, you'd do well to start there.

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