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Hello everyone im new to this site so i don't really know how to use these threads that much but i will try to do my best lol



Right now im currently trying to figure out the PC components but im still not gonna buy my PC im gonna wait until September to save up money right now i only got 634$ but aside from that i need to know on how to look up the specs of a motherboard that's what is giving me a hard time right now like i don't know whats am3?? lol i know everything else aside from the motherboard i just want to know what im suppose to look for in a motherboard if it gonna be a gaming pc like sorta what ram it could run what ports it need for certain PSU or GPU as well as the CPU lol right now i cant really tell you what parts i want to use because right now its all research and by September i will start picking them out i plan to have a budget of 1000$- 1200$ my first built will be AMD because its a money saving and its just as good as Intel probably my second built will be intel thanks for the help
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Hi and Welcome to OCN!

First of all, AM3 is a socket for AMD processors. Earlier models are AM2 and AM2+, latter model is AM3+.
AM2 and AM2+ are used for the Athlon I/Phenom I model lines.
AM3 is used for Athlon II/Phenom II
AM3+ is used for the Bulldozer and Fusion-based CPUs and APUs

You want a mobo with 4+1 or more power phases (this refers to the Voltage Regulation Module (VRM), to the left of the socket). You also want a mobo with MOSFET cooling - recognizable by a moderately large heatsink to the left of the socket.
Motherboards with low-quality 4+1 phase and no cooling, or less phases, often catch fire during Overclock or Unlock, or sometimes even during normal operation. That is why you should avoid MSI's AM3 mobos. Asus, Gigabyte and AsRock prove to be more reliable. Asus and Gigabyte have the highest quality VRMs, Gigabyte provides less voltage fluctuations. That is if you're looking for extreme overclocks (4.5Ghz+). If not, Asus and AsRock will give the same performance.

What you need is AM3, because the AM3+ platform is expected to be rather expensive and over your budget.
You have 2 ways to go, as for the CPU - Athlon II or Phenom II.
Athlon IIs are Dual, Tri or Quad-cores.
Phenom IIs are Dual, Quad or Six-cores.
Phenom II has L3 cache.
Some Athlon IIs can be unlocked to Phenom IIs.
Some Dual and Tri-cores can be unlocked to Tri or Quad-cores.

Raw data, I know, but I hope it'd be of assistance Cheers!
My Rig
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Ex-wife's Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
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Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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My Rig
(14 items)
 
Ex-wife's Rig
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro x64 Toshiba 32" FullHD TV Logitech FSP Hexa 550 
CaseMouse
DeLUX Logitech 
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thank you for the explanation you were really helpful
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