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Old May 22, 2011, 01:59 PM
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Wondering what a good amd budget board for crossfiring 2 6850's would be?

I was looking at this: MSI 890FXA-GD65 ATX AM3 890FX DDR3 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 4PCI-E1 1PCI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - DirectCanada

But I really don't have much experience with crossfire yet. Always learning :).
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Old May 28, 2011, 11:00 AM
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I'm sure that board would be fine. I ran 5770's in crossfire on an MSI board and was pleased with the result.
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dual 8x or dual 16x...people wonder if its worth paying more for the latter.

well,it depends on your cards,resolution and eye candy and the games themselves :)

if you have high end cards,then do get dual 16x. if not,the hit will probably not matter..much
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Old May 28, 2011, 12:03 PM
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they've done lots of tests on this already
8x is fine

4x is sometimes iffy.
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Old May 28, 2011, 12:30 PM
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if you don't mind the older 790(x/fx) chipsets two great budget boards ive used b4 would be the Asus M4A79XTD EVO and the MSI 790FX-GD70! 2nd one might be overkill but at only ~20$ more its totally worth it!

Otherwise check the Asus M4A89GTD PRO, haven't tried it myself but Asus boards are generally very good quality and this one is affordable while having support for future AM3+ CPUs!

Also there is Gigabyte, as long as u get a board with 2 pci-e16x on decent locations in their UD4 or higher lineup, you wont go wrong...they probably make the best and ugliest AMD boards out there...
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Old May 28, 2011, 03:14 PM
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this is the cheapest one i found
ASUS M4A79XTD Evo ATX AM3 790X DDR3 2XPCI-E16 2XPCI-E 2XPCI CrossFireX SATA Audio GBLAN Motherboard - DirectCanada

its an older board, came out about 1.5 years ago
on newegg its 100.00. so i'm pretty sure its at the end of its life as such
but will do what you want.

this is the board i have

Buy Gigabyte [GA-890GPA-UD3H] Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard
and i've used x-fire on it as well
two 5770's


best direct doesn't have my board, they do have an older chipset. the differences are minor. my board has onboard video and can support
faster ddr ram. which really doesn't matter. since you want budget, you are not going to be spending big money on high speed memory

Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3 AMD 790X AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-EX 2PCI CrossFireX GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - DirectCanada
i'm not sure what speeds the pci-e slots go to, if its 2 x8 or 1x16 and 1x4

and yes gigabyte used to have ugly boards
i think someone finally told them that the bright yellow was a bit much, ahah
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Old May 28, 2011, 03:28 PM
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Basically it comes down to if u just want something that works get the Asus roh_ultima posted, used that board b4 and its worth every penny (955BE @ 4ghz on 0.02v above stock fully stable)!

Otherwise if you plan to upgrade the CPU to bulldozer in the future get this: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO pricematched on NCIX or w8 for the new 990chipset boards

If you want a very cheap yet mighty gaming monster (4x crossfire capable/great OC/high quality) get the MSI 790FX-GD70
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Old May 28, 2011, 03:34 PM
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thats quite the MSI board

has purdy lights on it too
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Old May 28, 2011, 05:11 PM
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Well I went and orderd the MSI board I posted on here from DC, then I came on and seen the posts about AM3+ boards for cheap and I thought "DOH!" so I went to the MSI site: MSI USA ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more Zoom up and read the print beside the MSI heatsink. It says AM3+ support, but why wouldn't they have this in the specs listed at DC? I don't even see it listed on the MSI site, just on the board.

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Old May 28, 2011, 07:05 PM
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Nice buy! good luck with the build! made me double check on the big brother the 890fxa-gd70 and oddly enough it doesn't have any such markings...
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