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Hey all, I need your collective knowledge to help me out here.

I'm looking for a mobo for my first build. I've been reading and reading threads such as the VRM and Phase power list (http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...ence-list.html) and Chris's Buyer guide (http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...lp-thread.html).

I've narrowed it down to these motherboards. I'm on a budget of ~$130 and need to have onboard video and HDMI, and fit a Phenom II processor. No mATX form factor or MSI Brand please. From reading things on here, I'd also want to try and avoid any 3+1 or 4+1 power phases. I won't be doing any serious overclocking. Maybe some core unlocking and minor voltage upping.

-Foxconn A9DA-S (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...xconn%20a9da-s)

-ASUS M4A89GTD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631) I know it's a bit out of my budget but if it's worth the price....

-ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-646-_-Product)

-ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-668-_-Product)

The above two, I have a hard time figuring out what the difference is, besides five dollars.

-EDIT: How about this one? ASRock 890GX Extreme4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157207

-EDIT: The only good MSI board I've seen: MSI 890FXA-GD65 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=890FXA-GD65)


Your input and recommendations are greatly appreciated!
Edited by jpl7977 - 5/13/11 at 9:47am
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post #2 of 29
Between the last two, the main difference would be the South Bridge. The M4A88T-V also doesn't have SATA 6GB/s.

I had the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, and while it was a solid board for most applications, it just couldn't handle my overclock. My mosfet cooling wasn't up to par with a massive Mugen 2 blocking air to the heatsink, and I found it throttling my CPU. This obviously isn't an extremely common problem, though it did bug me enough that I went for a CrossHair IV. Thus, I wouldn't recommend it for a heavy overclock of any sort. The M4A89GTD shouldn't do too badly, and I've seen some nice, high clocks on here with that board. The Foxconn seems fine, but I know nothing about them.
post #3 of 29
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That helps a bit. Of course none of these are on par with a Crosshair. I won't be using a cpu heatsink like that. At most I'd be using a CM Hyper 212+ so I don't know if that changes anything.

I added one more option to the list, the ASRock 890GX Extreme4. Any thoughts on that?
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post #4 of 29
-ASUS M4A89GTD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631) I know it's a bit out of my budget but

I have this one with my 955be, if its a choice out of thoses you listed this is the best of them.
    
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post #5 of 29
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Okay I've narrowed it down to

ASUS M4A89GTD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631)

and

MSI 890FXA-GD65 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631)

Pros vs Cons of each? Which is better?

I think I'd be happier spending a little more for a better board. And no, I don't plan on going the Bulldozer or Sandy Bridge route.
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post #6 of 29
My first build, although there have been problems with my board (defective), is on a M4A89GTD and right out of the box, it was able to run my Phenom II x6 1090T without me needing to do anything. All cores were already unlocked and ready to use. Also, I could not get the boards temp above 28C with ambient temps of 16C-20C.

Also it appears as though the MSI board doesn't have a video chipset or an HDMI port which is what I believe you are looking for but has the 890FX chipset which I believe is better for overclocking (although I have heard terrible things about MSI motherboards). The ASUS board has both of those features for the same price as well as the 890GX chipset which is just a step below the 890FX (someone else can probably explain this better).
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post #7 of 29
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I totally overlooked that the FXA doesn't have a onboard video chip. I'm extremely reluctant to go with MSI anyway. Thanks! +rep

I guess I'll be going with the M4A89GTD then. Sounds like a good board
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post #8 of 29
I have the Foxconn board and it does just fine. I run dual monitors and 12 hard drives on this board and it just does its job, plain and simple. I was skeptical at first when I first purchased it, but Foxconn hasn't let me down yet. Unlocked a core, and overclocked 600mhz. Not the most comprehensive overclocking options, but like I said, it does its job. Can't beat it at $99. I like the side sata ports as well, makes for a cleaner looking installation.
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post #9 of 29
Why no Gigabyte mobo in your list ?
Some of them are quite well made.
   
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post #10 of 29
If you can, wait 1 month and get a 9XX chipset board! It will be worth the wait

If you can't wait, I can vouge for the Asus 890FX boards, and the BIOSTAR TA890FXE is really sweet for the $$
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