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GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - Been working for 18 months without trouble
- Board allows a modest OC, 4.4-4.5ghz
- UEFI bios (easy to use)
- USB 3.o rear & front headers
- nice layout, everything labeled
- compatible with am3/am3+ cpu's
- gigabyte @bios software for updating bios (recommend using)
- XMP recognizes1866mhz ram (oc's to 2000mhz)
- heatsinks on Mosfets
- can save 10 bios profiles for OC'ing
- Great for single GPU solutions

Cons: - Board has a small v-droop when OC'ing cpu
- Only 1 16x pcie 2.0 slot & 1 4x pcie slot
- no SLI or CF
- software on the cd if rubbish except for @bios
- Mosfets get hot when OC'ing & throttle system over 4.5ghz
- Gigabyte boards power up & down test before booting up PC, adds 6 seconds to bootup time (but it's normal)

Other Thoughts: Overall I m happy with this mobo. Was easy to OC cpu & ram. Just F12 on bootup. Go to cpu options check "enable" on unlock cpu. Then "DISABLE" turbo boost. Then change your mutilplier & voltage. Ram, check enable xmp profile 1 or 2 & your set for 1600-1866mhz.. (2000 you need to manually oc ram)

CPU: Amd FX8320 8x@4.4Ghz oc 1.44v
Cooler: CM Hyper 212+ (Artic Silver 5 Goo)
Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3P am3/am3+
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 16gbs(2x8gb) 1866mhz
GPU: MSI R7870-2GD5T/oc 17.5%
core1175 mem1475
Hdd: Sandisk 128Gb ssd boot drive
2x1Tb Hitachi 7200rpm hdd
2Tb WD MyBook 7200rpm external hdd
PSU: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+Bronze full Modular
Case: Rosewill Challenger USB3.0v Mid-tower
OS: W7 64bit Hp
Keyboard: MS sidewinder 6x
Logitech K400 wireless
Mouse: Weyes 6D 2000 DPI
Controller: xbox360 wired
Monitor: 23" Dell 1080p 60Hz LED-backlit LCD
50" Sceptre 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV
Headphones: Turtlebeach X12
Speakers: Dell AX210 USB Stereo

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MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition R7870-2GD5T/OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: + this was dirt cheap $150 + rebate winter 2013
+ Overclock-able... did you see that the GPU just winked ; )
+ performance/price vs re-brand r270 is about 6% less, OC your 7870ghz MSI to gpu-core1150 memory 1450 PowerControlSetting+20% & set fan to 45-50% with MSI afterburner or CCC. And you'll be about = for $50 dollars cheaper. (all depends on luck with OC performance)
+ plays all games I tested (steam 125games) on 1080p, Ultra shadows, High to Ultra Textures,& mixed AA settings (8xAA-Fxaa)@45-70FPS
+ Temps stay at 25-35C idle 54-59C Under Load with MSI Afterburner automatic fan control
30%pwr-40C slope
45%pwr-50C-65C
50%pwr 65C+

Cons: - Check your GPU for dust, I didn't when 1st installed it. I OC'd it & started getting artifacts. Turned OC off didn't help much. Then took a can of air... & man my GPU coughed up a hairball. MSI must have cats in their factory's.
- driver disk included is always garbage, ALWAYS download your drivers from Manufacturer MSI or AMD directly web site (you'll see up to a 15-30% FPS increase)
- GPU automatic fan control threw CCC wasn't working correctly. Card was overheating to 75C for the 1st couple hour's. Till I set up MSI afterburner's fan control.
- wanted a gtx 770, but being poor on a budget is my personal Con...lol
- not really a con but didn't know where to stick this info, @ 50% fan speed is when you say to yourself "I think my GPU is angry" it's loud from there on up.

Other Thoughts: Overall I m really happy with this GPU & think it'll last me 2-3 years. If I can fight off the urge to build another PC. MSI is a sexy company with great products & AMD didn't disappoint with this soon to be legendary GPU.
I really want to give this GPU a viking burial when it dies. = )

Specs:
CPU: AMD 8320 Black Edition 8 core3.5Ghz/4Ghz turbo/ 4GhzOC

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus +Artic Silver 5 Goo

Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3P AM3/AM3+

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws X 16Gbs-2x8GBs 1866Mhz

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7870Ghz OC Edition 2GBs GDDR5 GPU 1050Mhz Memory 1200Mhz
OC: GPU 1150Mhz Memory 1450Mhz PowerControlSettings+20%

Hdd: Sandisk 128GB SSD boot drive
2x1Tb Hitachi 7200RPM Hdd
2Tb WD MyBook 7200RPM external Hdd

PSU: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+Bronze Full Modular

Case: Rosewill Challenger USB3.0 version Mid-tower

OS: W7 64bit Home premium

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8320FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Price-budget 8 core CPU (especially when on sale got mine for $164+ 2yr warranty)

+ easily OC to 4Ghz for a moderate OC & a default 8350 speed (stress tested mine up to 4.3 Ghz stable but likes to drink electricity) with custom cooler

+ multi-tasks like a beast (tab out of a game on steam,watch a MP4 movie & have 10 tabs open in Firefox at the same time)

+ gaming- hang's in there with the Intel big boy z, paired with the right GPU of course

+ Temps on the CPU with my Cooler master hyper 212 plus on this CPU have never gone above 22C (idles at 14 C) with the 4Ghz OC

Cons: - the fan/heat sink that came with it, is one of the tiniest little pieces of junk I ever did see, scrap it & turn it into a beer coaster

- not an I5 or I7, but hey if your reading this your like me on a budget (cheap skates gotta represent)

-Don't trust another mans thermal paste, I personal don't know what brand they used on the heat sink. But go with the goo of your preference, mine is Artic Silver 5 the only goo I trust

Other Thoughts: Coming from an old budget AMD quad core (amd 645 3.1 ghz). I m glad AMD hasn't lost it touch. Supplying great value for the dollar.

Specs:
CPU: AMD 8320 Black Edition 8 core3.5Ghz 4Ghz turbo / 4Ghz OC

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus +Artic Silver 5 Goo

Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3P AM3/AM3+

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws X 16Gbs-2x8GBs 1866Mhz

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7870Ghz OC Edition 2GBs GDDR5 GPU 1050Mhz Memory 1200Mhz
OC: GPU 1150Mhz Memory 1450Mhz PowerControlSettings+20%

Hdd: Sandisk 128GB SSD boot drive
2x1Tb Hitachi 7200RPM Hdd
2Tb WD MyBook 7200RPM external Hdd

PSU: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+Bronze Full Modular

Case: Rosewill Challenger USB3.0 version Mid-tower

OS: W7 64bit Home premium

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Date Joined: 11/15/13

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