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I'm thinking of getting this motherboard:

ECS A880LM-M(1.0) AM3 AMD 760G

I'm thinking of getting it for my GF's kid brother's new computer. I'm using an DDR3 XMS 2x2GB kit and a Phenom II 840T that I have laying around. Gonna re-use his old case and SATA HDDs. I also have a PSU already. Obviously, I already have everything else needed for the build, so the mobo is all I'm worried about.

I want to this motherboard because it has a PATA/IDE port, which will let me re-use my old IDE CD/DVD drives.

Is it good enough to last for 3+ years with everything on stock settings? Also, I know for a fact that my 840T unlocks to 5 cores stable, so if I decide to unlock, will the VRMs on this baby explode, or is it okay?
Edited by onoz - 10/31/11 at 4:25pm
 
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I don't have first hand experience with the board, but I would think that sinked VRM's (although lower power phase) will be perfectly fine when running the 840T, but I wouldn't advise for any overclocking, especially with the unlock. As you said, everything will be stock, so no biggie. ECS has really stepped up their game recently.

Edit: I didn't realize that it was only 3+1. I saw a 4+1 phase at first. I wouldn't recommend an unlock, but it would be fine as a quad at stock I presume.
Edited by rockosmodlife - 10/31/11 at 3:55pm
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it would prob be ok for a stock running setup, i dont really trust boards under the $150 mark mainly because they have the worst quality parts and seem to cause problems in the long run.

im sure it would be ok to use and worst case is it dies in 2 years and you lose $50. but i wouldnt unlock that core, not on a 4 phase board.
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Originally Posted by Kal777;15523323 
it would prob be ok for a stock running setup, i dont really trust boards under the $150 mark mainly because they have the worst quality parts and seem to cause problems in the long run.

im sure it would be ok to use and worst case is it dies in 2 years and you lose $50. but i wouldnt unlock that core, not on a 4 phase board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

That's an example of a decent board under $150 tongue.gif
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Thanks guys. The answers so far are exactly what I'm looking for. Can anyone recommend a better mobo at this price point? I don't need anything amazing.
 
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Here is an ASUS 4+1 phase, but its only the 760;

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Socket-Motherboard-Supports-Channel-M4A78LT-M/dp/B002ZIPH76"]Amazon.com: ASUS AMD Socket AM3 760G/SB710 (780L) Ultra ATX DDR3 1066 Motherboard Supports Dual Channel DDR3 Memory up to 1800 mHz M4A78LT-M LE: Electronics[/ame]


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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157226
Edited by rockosmodlife - 10/31/11 at 3:43pm
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Thanks. Basically it needs to:

Be mATX form factor
Have 1 x PATA/IDE connector
Have 2 internal USB (this should be easy)
Be good enough (quality-wise) to last 3+ years
Cost less than $100

Thanks for any and all suggestions.
 
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post #8 of 13
Some decent open box deals- both 4+1 phase, as well as all your requirements.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131654R85.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131660R79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657R70.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131672R61.99

I would also see about some VRM sinks for added security;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683570801114.99 (there are cheaper alternatives)
Edited by rockosmodlife - 10/31/11 at 4:00pm
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Alright, thanks a lot for the suggestions.
 
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I have this mobo and it has been great for over 2 years. Still running strong, and can be found for pretty cheap.
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