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Got a new gtx 1080

I just got a new gtx 1080 from my wife and I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if my computer is good enough for that graphic card. I already know I’m gonna need to buy a need processor but I didn’t want to buy a new motherboard and everything. Can someone help me?
Computer settings:

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core Processor CPU Socket AM3+ 

16GB Ripjaws DDR3 memory 2100

ASRock 970M Pro3 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + AMD SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX A Motherboard
1TB firecuda SSHD
VIVo white micro atx case
500 watt apevia psu clear light up
Windows 7 pro 64bit
Asus strix R7 370 4GB
graphic card
Just build brand new
Will trade for retro games
Or a brand new ps4 pro
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  1. Wow, that's a nice gift! The only thing you'll need to change out for now is the power supply. The Apevia clear PSU is simply too old to properly handle the GTX 1080. Bare minimum, I'd use an EVGA 500 W1.

    The FX-6300 will be a minor bottleneck for now. You can upgrade to an 8-core FX (such as the 8350) later if you don't want to change the motherboard. That of course still isn't the best, but it would be better at least. Or you can simply hold onto the current CPU and motherboard until you decide it's time to upgrade, and then you'll already have a great GPU to go with it.
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  2. VIVO-US said:
    Wow, that's a nice gift! The only thing you'll need to change out for now is the power supply. The Apevia clear PSU is simply too old to properly handle the GTX 1080. Bare minimum, I'd use an EVGA 500 W1.

    The FX-6300 will be a minor bottleneck for now. You can upgrade to an 8-core FX (such as the 8350) later if you don't want to change the motherboard. That of course still isn't the best, but it would be better at least. Or you can simply hold onto the current CPU and motherboard until you decide it's time to upgrade, and then you'll already have a great GPU to go with it.


    First thank you so much for you attention I appreciate a lot!! If you had maybe $300-$400, which processor and upgrades you would choose? I still have $400 that I can use to invest. I just didn’t want to spend with motherboards and this stuff. Maybe a good processor and a better PSU, what do you guys recommend me?? Thankss
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  3. This will kind of depend on what you need, so I can't make specific recommendations. Intel should be launching a consumer grade 300 series chipset early next year though (H310?), so if you're not into overclocking, it might be worth it to wait for a motherboard with that chipset and then use a Core i5-8400 with 8 to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
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  4. VIVO-US said:
    This will kind of depend on what you need, so I can't make specific recommendations. Intel should be launching a consumer grade 300 series chipset early next year though (H310?), so if you're not into overclocking, it might be worth it to wait for a motherboard with that chipset and then use a Core i5-8400 with 8 to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.


    Thanks again!! My only question is if my motherboard is still a good motherboard that I can continue using with my gtx 1080 without problems and if it can work well with an intel processor or only amd processors? Which processor do you recomend me like max $300?
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    jfontesrj said:
    VIVO-US said:
    This will kind of depend on what you need, so I can't make specific recommendations. Intel should be launching a consumer grade 300 series chipset early next year though (H310?), so if you're not into overclocking, it might be worth it to wait for a motherboard with that chipset and then use a Core i5-8400 with 8 to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.


    Thanks again!! My only question is if my motherboard is still a good motherboard that I can continue using with my gtx 1080 without problems and if it can work well with an intel processor or only amd processors? Which processor do you recomend me like max $300?


    You're welcome! Glad I could help so far!

    Your current motherboard only supports AM3 or AM3+ CPUs from AMD. The fastest one out of the box with a reasonable TDP is the FX-8370 ($140 - $170 on average), but I'd go for an 8350 since you can find those for under $120. The FX-9300 and 9500 series use over 220W and don't play well with air coolers, so I'd avoid those if you don't want to get a water cooler with it.

    As for supporting the GTX 1080, the motherboard will do perfectly fine. Based on various tests I've seen, putting a GTX 1080 in a PCI-E 2.0 slot vs a 3.0 slot only makes a 1% - 2% difference in the card's performance.
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  6. VIVO-US said:
    jfontesrj said:
    VIVO-US said:
    This will kind of depend on what you need, so I can't make specific recommendations. Intel should be launching a consumer grade 300 series chipset early next year though (H310?), so if you're not into overclocking, it might be worth it to wait for a motherboard with that chipset and then use a Core i5-8400 with 8 to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.


    Thanks again!! My only question is if my motherboard is still a good motherboard that I can continue using with my gtx 1080 without problems and if it can work well with an intel processor or only amd processors? Which processor do you recomend me like max $300?


    You're welcome! Glad I could help so far!

    Your current motherboard only supports AM3 or AM3+ CPUs from AMD. The fastest one out of the box with a reasonable TDP is the FX-8370 ($140 - $170 on average), but I'd go for an 8350 since you can find those for under $120. The FX-9300 and 9500 series use over 220W and don't play well with air coolers, so I'd avoid those if you don't want to get a water cooler with it.

    As for supporting the GTX 1080, the motherboard will do perfectly fine. Based on various tests I've seen, putting a GTX 1080 in a PCI-E 2.0 slot vs a 3.0 slot only makes a 1% - 2% difference in the card's performance.


    Nice man!! You helped a lot. I’m thinking about buy one amd 8350 or 8370 and one new PSU like you recommended. What do you think about it? Any other important idea?
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  7. jfontesrj said:
    VIVO-US said:
    jfontesrj said:
    VIVO-US said:
    This will kind of depend on what you need, so I can't make specific recommendations. Intel should be launching a consumer grade 300 series chipset early next year though (H310?), so if you're not into overclocking, it might be worth it to wait for a motherboard with that chipset and then use a Core i5-8400 with 8 to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.


    Thanks again!! My only question is if my motherboard is still a good motherboard that I can continue using with my gtx 1080 without problems and if it can work well with an intel processor or only amd processors? Which processor do you recomend me like max $300?


    You're welcome! Glad I could help so far!

    Your current motherboard only supports AM3 or AM3+ CPUs from AMD. The fastest one out of the box with a reasonable TDP is the FX-8370 ($140 - $170 on average), but I'd go for an 8350 since you can find those for under $120. The FX-9300 and 9500 series use over 220W and don't play well with air coolers, so I'd avoid those if you don't want to get a water cooler with it.

    As for supporting the GTX 1080, the motherboard will do perfectly fine. Based on various tests I've seen, putting a GTX 1080 in a PCI-E 2.0 slot vs a 3.0 slot only makes a 1% - 2% difference in the card's performance.


    Nice man!! You helped a lot. I’m thinking about buy one amd 8350 or 8370 and one new PSU like you recommended. What do you think about it? Any other important idea?


    Glad I could help! :)
    I can't think of anything else you'll absolutely need, so that should be enough!
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