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So is this something fairly random and just seems to happen to some people, or if I buy a Biostar 880 board for both my brother and mother, are both of them likely to have this problem on occasion? My mother won't notice the difference, but my brother will be using the pc for gaming, so he'll notice. I was hoping to get him a board with at least USB3...
    
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So is this something fairly random and just seems to happen to some people, or if I buy a Biostar 880 board for both my brother and mother, are both of them likely to have this problem on occasion? My mother won't notice the difference, but my brother will be using the pc for gaming, so he'll notice. I was hoping to get him a board with at least USB3...
Well, if your brother will notice that it booted up as a triple core he could restart the PC. It fixes it for me, but it's annoying that's all
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Well, if your brother will notice that it booted up as a triple core he could restart the PC. It fixes it for me, but it's annoying that's all
I'm the only hardware literate person in my family.

What about the 900-series chips? This was supposed to be a budget build, but I may recommend a 970 board if those even support core-unlocking...
    
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Just install coretemp for your brother and set it so it pops up on startup. Then tell him if he see's 4 lines it's fine but if there are only 3 tell him to restart...
Hopefully I find a fix for this. Will post if I do
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Just install coretemp for your brother and set it so it pops up on startup. Then tell him if he see's 4 lines it's fine but if there are only 3 tell him to restart...
Hopefully I find a fix for this. Will post if I do
Hehe, yeah, I use that prog and planned to install in on his when I build it...I just don't trust that he'll *get* it. I can't find anything with a google that says 970's even support core-unlocking, so I think I'll have to stick with your plan. Hope you manage to find a fix!
    
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I also hope I do... or that anyone does

About your brother not "getting" it, I don't think he would even notice if it booted as a triple core since there really isn't that much of a boost in performance, it's just nice to know you got a quad core
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So is this something fairly random and just seems to happen to some people, or if I buy a Biostar 880 board for both my brother and mother, are both of them likely to have this problem on occasion? My mother won't notice the difference, but my brother will be using the pc for gaming, so he'll notice. I was hoping to get him a board with at least USB3...
My board, the ASROCK 870 Extreme3, always boots unlocked unless the bios goes into boot protection (fails to boot repeatedly, have to restart if that happens for whatever reason). Supports all kinds of OC'ing and has decent heatsinked VRMs. I find the USB3 to be flaky though. It goes for 90$ brand new from newegg.

Though at current prices there's only about a 20$ difference in getting the full-on quadcore versions of the processors & that's how I'm going to go next time. (Replaced a 140w PhI on the cheap along with my mobo)
AMD, I give up.
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Lucky you
But I won't be looking for a new AM3 board. I am hoping I will earn enough extra money to get my hands on a 2500k and an ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z. Other parts will come eventually, but for now my current parts will have to do. I have 4GB of 1600Mhz RAM and a Enermax 620W PSU, which will have to do for a while. I really want that proc, so I can OC it to 4.5Ghz at least (noctua NH-D14)
I just hope I get the money together...
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