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.
Chris LeedsOwnerAsked:
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
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:
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
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.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I'd simply look through the CPU support list for that motherboard, and choose the best processor you're willing to buy from that list.    Simply get the CPU with the highest CPU Mark score on PassMark's benchmark:

As for hard drive performance ... you'd get FAR better performance with an SSD.   But if you want to use a 2TB 7200rpm unit, then "... keeping it down to half full ..."  isn't the best way for "... maintaining decent read/write speed ..."     What you want to do is create a partition that only uses the first half of the drive.    There's a not-so-subtle difference:   only using 1/2 of the space doesn't guarantee WHERE on the drive Windows will store your data ... and in fact as files are added/deleted, etc. they'll be fairly well spread on the disk.    But creating a partition only half the size of the drive ensures that only the outermost cylinders will ever be used.   [This is known as "short stroking"] ==>  this ensures relatively fast seeks and the fastest possible sustained data rates for reads and writes.

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Chris LeedsOwnerAuthor Commented:
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 CaseRetiredCommented:
You're most welcome.    Let us know which CPU you decide to buy.
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