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Recommended Processor for Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard

Built my last two Windows systems, and it's that time again.

Building home office PC. General use: surfing, email, streaming, occasional photo / graphic editing, media management, video player, Office Suite, occasional data recovery work, camming. No gaming. No video editing. No rendering.

I have this motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+
I have 2tb 7200 sata harddrive, keeping it down to half full (for maintaining decent read/write speed)
I have 16gb of DDR3 ram
I need this processor:        _____________________________________________

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Max price range around $175, if it'll make a big difference.

Those familiar with this board feel free to share any helpful tips. I'm coming from a circa 2007 Dell XPS 720 Red system, so I'm behind. I'm totally new to this one.

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Gary Case

8/22/2022 - Mon
Zephyr ICT

This one would be a great one, if you can find it for that price mentioned, don't know where you're from so... Might even be a tad too much, but again, for that price.

If you really want to go lower-end, this one is a good choice as well.

In the Link below is the CPU support list for that board. I'd probably go for a Phenom II X4 or X6. I suggest you look on ebay or a similar portal for a 2nd hand CPU that is on the list. That way it'll be less expensive:


That motherboard supports ...
AMD AM3+ FX processors
AMD AM3 Phenom II processors
AMD Athlon II processors

I think they are listed fastest to slowest above. The Phenom Family is definitely faster than Athlon.
Having read this I am only a little wiser.

If you wanted to do serious gaming you would need a good graphics card as well.

I would recommend a quad core if you are doing video editing.

If the price difference between A good quad core processor and the best available is not too great I would go for the best.
Sometimes you will pay a big premium for the very latest processor and only gain a slight increase in speed.
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
Gary Case

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Chris Leeds

Thank you for the benchmark resource. And I really appreciate the primer in hard drive partitioning and the read/write info. That's good knowledge that I hope I get use.

Lastly, will try to remember to follow up with the report regarding the processor I choose.
Gary Case

You're most welcome.    Let us know which CPU you decide to buy.