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Hey guys!

Just looking for any thoughts or opinions about this mother board, BIOSTAR-TA880GU3+, I've always had good luck with Biostar but that doesn't mean I'm unwilling to try elsewhere.

I'm building the wifey a new machine finally, she's still still rocking a E5200.

I'm trying to keep it relatively low budget($750 or so)and micro atx.

My current thoughts were
BIOSTAR TA880GU3+
8GB Gskill
6790 XFX Dual Fan
X3 or X4 (haven't settled on this yet)
XFX 650 PSU
CM Hyper 212 or maybe a H50 depending on where I am on the budget

Again any thoughts suggestions or criticism are welcome.
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What CPU do you intend to use with it? Overclocking or unlocking? (It seems so with the aftermarket cooling). This is important as this motherboard sports a somewhat lowly 3+1 power phase.... there may be better choices for similar cost, incl. the cost of cooling if necessary.
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well i was kind of on the fence a little on that one, I think im just about settled though on a x4 955, i was almost thinking a 925 but its only a few dollars more for the 955 and i wasn't planning to overclock it and I was probably gonna use the same cooler i use on my rig which is a hyper 212 in a pushpull, I was trying to find other mATX boards that would work, I wouldn't mind being able to bump a 955 up some if the board can take it, I just can't seem to find a board that I would trust doing it on. If you have a good recommendation Id love to hear it, she mainly just plays little web games and occassionally Aion and Im sure she will play The Old Republic with me when it comes out so I don't want it to be a slouch either, the basic ideas were though to keep the overall package small, I ordered a NZXT vulcan and the power supply already along with the optical drives and fans to add to the case, being quiet isn't a huge concern as long as it doesnt sound like a jet engine.
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If you are not going to overclock the CPU, I recommend that you stick to the use of stock cooling, to allow motherboard components cooling (the stock cooler is designed to blow down on motherboard components through the heatsink fins) and most reliable operation. PWM fan control should keep the setup quiet.

I would get a different motherboard. But at $80 + $8 shipping, I find the value/price-performance to be below average.

For a lower cost, you can get a Gigabyte 760G motherboard with AM3+ socket + VRM cooling. For stock speed operation (WITH the STOCK cooler), you will not need additional VRM cooling/heatsinks. It will provide your wife with a decently reliable setup.
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I can see your point and its very valid, the only question I have about that board is with it being a AM3+ socket and a 7 series chipset will it still accept a bulldozer when/if they are ever released?, or do you have to have a 9 series for that, its not that big of a deal and the board you linked does seem like a much better deal overall for what Im doing.
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post #6 of 8
Native Am3+ socket will accept it, just with somewhat reduced features compared to 9 series boards (which are significantly more expensive).

If you had the choice of ATX, the M5A97 cost only $81 shipped on Superbiiz with promo ABCDEFG, but thanks to the NZXT Vulcan that's not possible.
post #7 of 8
750 for your wifes computer? My build was 650, take some new hardware into consideration. AM3+ is a definite, and/or FM1 as it is your wifes computer. She doesn't need 8gb of ram, unless she does photoshop or etc, as for the graphics card, why? just build an FM1 build that will be better for her needs.
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Thanks for the all the info and suggestions guys, I finished her rig Thursday night and it ended with the following.

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P
X3 720 w/ CM Gemini Cooler
4G of Gskill Ripjaws
XFX 5770
2x WD Blue 500s
OCZ 500w
NZXT Vulcan

All said and done I ended up spending between 500-550, the X3 720 was a oem from newegg, it was combo'd with the Gemini for 99$ and it also unlocked on the gigabyte board, I didn't try overclocking it but I did let P95 run for 24 hours just to see if it was stable and it seemed to be fine, as for the 5770 that was a bit of a last minute decision, I went to a Best Buy right by the house to pick up a new mouse for her because I forgot to get one off Newegg when I made the order and they had a few XFX 5770's there on clearance for 75$ which kind of surprised me so I just ended up picking her up one of those as 75$ seemed cheap enough to justify. Overall the whole setup runs a good but better then I was anticipating, the build went pretty smooth other then a few pita moments installing everything in such a small case, mainly the cable management. If you guys want to see some pics I'll try and post some tonight or tomorrow.
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