AM3+ Ready Motherboards
AMD had mentioned previously that for its Bulldozer CPU would not be compatible with its AM3 series of motherboards and only compatible with motherboards that have the AM3+ designation. Asus has challenged this and said that many of their more recent motherboards would be compatible with the AMD Bulldozer including its motherboards from the 890FX and GX series. On their AM3+ ready website they’ve listed the motherboards that would be compatible with the Bulldozer processors. In summary most of the compatible motherboards are from the “8” series chipset. You can upgrade these motherboards with a BIOS update (current 3012). This appears to be the same for Gigabyte’s 8 series of processors as their website shows these to be “AM3 plus” ready as well.
Now is still a good time to purchase an AM3 motherboard because you can get a AM3 motherboard CPU combo at an extremely good discount. Consider getting a 1090T X6 (six core performance) CPU alongside a Asus M4A785-M for around $280! If you want to get one of the “AM3+ Ready” motherboards, then you could still expect to pay a very similar price depending on the specifications that you want.
AM3 Motherboard Options to Consider
If you want to stay with the most recent technology available, then consider getting a motherboard that is SATA version 3.0 (6Gb/s) compatible as well as one that is DDR3 and USB 3.0 compatible.
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|CPU||FX 8320||A few years old but the potential for overclocking and its 8 cores still make it a great value today.|
|Graphics Card||MSI R9 380 2GD5T||The best performing graphics card in the $200 price range. Capable of running all modern 1080p games.|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GTA-970A-D3P||Cheap with plenty of features and durable to boot. With this board you should also be able to do a light overclock.|
|Ram||2x4 Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Memory||8GB of memory is enough for this build.|
|Storage||Western Digital 1TB|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX 600 Builder Power Supply||I recommend you go with an 80 Plus certified power supply with at least around 600 Watts for this build.|
|Case||Thermaltake Versa H21||A good value when its on sale for $35 but other options may be better at its retail price of $50.|
If you didn’t find the motherboard you were looking for, then consider this review of the best AMD AM3 PC Motherboards for 2011.