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I'm looking for sub-$150 motherboard recommendations. The system will be used exclusively in a folding farm, and so will run headless 24/7. I want a board that will withstand a robust overclock; however, I don't need one with a lot of bells and whistles, though it has to support PXE booting.

(Addendum b/c I wasn't explicit about this initially: I am *not* GPU folding. I run the SMP client. This system won't even have a graphics card.)

The rest of the system looks like this:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake Frio
Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600
Hard Drive: 160GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 380W

Having checked out the AM3 Motherboard Phasing list for 8+2 boards, the following appear to fit the bill.

Asus M4A88TD-V Evo (/USB3)
Asus M4A79XTD Evo
Asus M4A89GTD Pro

MSI 890FXA-GD65

Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P

ASRock 890GX Extreme4

The Gigabyte boards are the least expensive, and therefore attractive to me, but I want to know what others think about these and other boards. Thanks in advance.
Edited by shawn.nuxtp - 5/2/11 at 8:19pm
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Biostar TA890FXE, the PCI-e spacing sucks but It's a sweet overclocker and you'll be able to run 4 single slot cards with it.
    
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Biostar TA890FXE, the PCI-e spacing sucks but It's a sweet overclocker and you'll be able to run 4 single slot cards with it.
That's an aweful choice. The spacing sucks.

OP, I would go with the msi 890fx board, lots of room for gpu's on that thing.
     
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True it does suck but you can put 4 GTS 450's on it.
    
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True it does suck but you can put 4 GTS 450's on it.
This

And by 450's, he means these ones:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127558
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This

And by 450's, he means these ones:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127558
exactly, or the sparkle ones for Sparkle Powah!
    
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Or you could use 4 of these single slot 460's:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162072

Although, I dont like Galaxy. But, it's a 460 in single-slot form!
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that would be intense, plus they don't use that much juice either.
    
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that would be intense, plus they don't use that much juice either.
Yup exactly! They're long though. As long as your case is long enough for the 460's that would be a good folding solution. Although, they're kinda pricey but if price isn't too much of a factor, go for it! If not, than definatley think about the 4 450's.
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True it does suck but you can put 4 GTS 450's on it.
Yes, but on the msi board I believe you can put 4 dual slot cards, which means even more options for single slot cards.

Overall, the msi is a better board for gpu's.
     
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