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post #11 of 25
For that price range this
ASUS M5A78L-M LX
is far better.

For 100$
ASUS M5A97
.


That was just a quick search. May find them cheaper elsewhere..

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post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ihasfip View Post
Watch craigslist. I bought a ASUS AM3+ mobo the other day for 30$. Buy a 115$ 955BE and voila. 145$. Good to guy. Then buy 45$ worth of ram and BAM. Quad core. Easily overclockable. Expandable to Bulldozer. And 8gigs of 1333 ram! Under 200$. Even purchased all new, you can spend less than 300$ easy. What case do you have? That will determine what motherboard you can fit.

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It's the stock case the computer came with.

*edit*
Yeah I need a mobo with support for at least 3 sticks of DDR2 ram, so that one you posted wouldn't work.
Edited by thatleftnut - 8/15/11 at 12:04am
post #13 of 25
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It's the stock case the computer came with.

*edit*
Yeah I need a mobo with support for at least 3 sticks of DDR2 ram, so that one you posted wouldn't work.


What kind of pc is it? That way we know what size mobo you have. And ram is dirt cheap now. Get rid of the ddr2 crap. Not buying a better mobo because you want to use the ram you have is not a good decision IMO.

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post #14 of 25
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What kind of pc is it? That way we know what size mobo you have. And ram is dirt cheap now. Get rid of the ddr2 crap. Not buying a better mobo because you want to use the ram you have is not a good decision IMO.

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It was posted earlier. 9.6" x 9.6"

Yeah now I'm more open to getting new RAM. I just spent $30 getting a 2gig stick from crucial so I thought DDR3 was going to be a lot more, turns out it's a lot cheaper than expect. 8 gigs for $60 wut?
post #15 of 25
The M5A will not run the 955 properly or reliably due to 3+1 power phase. You may lose performance due to throttling if you choose that board.
See if you can get an MATX motherboard with QUALITY 4+1 power phase and ensure there is cooling on it if you plan to overclock or use aftermarket CPU cooler.
post #16 of 25
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The M5A will not run the 955 properly or reliably due to 3+1 power phase. You may lose performance due to throttling if you choose that board.
See if you can get an MATX motherboard with QUALITY 4+1 power phase and ensure there is cooling on it if you plan to overclock or use aftermarket CPU cooler.
I'm not going to overclock, and even if I did I wouldn't raise it by that much. But, remember when I said I wasn't so smart with mobos? I don't know what the 4+1 power phase is, or how to look for it on newegg or wherever.

*edit*
MATX = Micro ATX? This any better? Its size is much closer to the one I currently have. I honestly have no clue what to look for in a motherboard.

Anyways thanks for all the help so far!
Edited by thatleftnut - 8/15/11 at 6:42pm
post #17 of 25
MSI 760GM-P33 uses a design that actually has a high VRM failure rate, so no... not better.
Might want to read the "About VRMs & MOSFETs" link in my sig. 125W CPU operation (this includes x2 unlocked to x4) recommended 4+1 power phase with stock cooler operation at stock speed for best reliability & safety.
post #18 of 25
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MSI 760GM-P33 uses a design that actually has a high VRM failure rate, so no... not better.
Might want to read the "About VRMs & MOSFETs" link in my sig. 125W CPU operation (this includes x2 unlocked to x4) recommended 4+1 power phase with stock cooler operation at stock speed for best reliability & safety.
HUGE wall of text, but thanks. I understand things a little bit better now, but what brand of mobo would you recommend as I see you said that Asus mobos were pretty bad in 2010.

*edit*
So this one would have a power phase of 8+1?
Edited by thatleftnut - 8/15/11 at 7:14pm
post #19 of 25
Actually that is a 4+1, but it does meet the criteria of being able to run a 955 at stock just fine. It uses newer quality low RDS (on) transistors found in most other Gigabyte AM3(+) boards.
post #20 of 25
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Actually that is a 4+1, but it does meet the criteria of being able to run a 955 at stock just fine. It uses newer quality low RDS (on) transistors found in most other Gigabyte AM3(+) boards.
Ooooh, so that's the one I should go with? End thread?
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