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  1. I have an old Asus M4A89GTD Pro/Usb3 mobo with the following specs: Cpu: Phenom II 955 Black Edition (OC'ed at 4.0ghz) with last beta bios update. Gpu: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost Edition (Stock Speed) Ram: 16gb of DDR3 at 1333 mhz (Stock Speed) This system has served me well over the last 4 years, but it's now showing it's age so I want to give it an upgrade to revive it's usefulness. I plan to be doing video editing, video game/program compiling, 3d rendering, and it will also double as my Windows XP era gaming rig as my newer i7 rig has taken over my gaming/video recording duties as of late. Also performance wise the i7 rig is exactly twice as fast as the Phenom II rig in every test I've performed with it. I want to upgrade the Phenom II rig to the following: Cpu: FX-8350 (Stock speed with boost clock disabled as the mobo can't handle cpu speeds past 4.0ghz without broken throttling.) Cost about $120. Gpu: ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 480 8GB OC Edition (or the rumored "RX 485" if it actually becomes a real gpu by then) along with the Radeon HD 7970 for XP when needed. Cost about $250 Ram 32 GB of DDR3 at any speed (Ram speed doesn't seem to matter too much for the programs/task I use). Cost $20 - $120 So my question is simply, "Is it possible"? I've seen post where people have gotten the FX-8350 to work with the last beta bios, and others with 32 GB of ram, but none with both together. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/352984-28-will-support-8350-black-edition-core-processor-piledriver http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/310542-30-upgrade-asus-m4a89gtd Obviously I understand a newer PC would probably be best at these price points, but the main reason for spending this much is the fact that I use this PC to repair old PCs and other old tech all the time and this pc has every port I'd ever need (including serial and parallel ports from a pci card I added) to repair them plus Win XP compatibility on one of the fastest cpus it can run on. The biggest upgrade will be the Cpu so I want to know if anyone else has had success getting this board to work with this cpu. The GPU will be last as the Radeon HD 7970 still works just fine for most things, though it's starting to wear out and fail so a new gpu may be needed soon. Finally can I use PC3-8500R memory with this board? I use PC3200R in my old Asus A8N-SlI Premium build. I can easily get 32GB of PC3-8500R server ECC ram for $20 so I don't have to spend $120 on the ram I wanted to get for it.
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