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So I'm thinking I need a new motherboard.

When I first bought my system I had no intentions of overclocking so the A770E3 I have currently was fine. I've only had it for a few months and even with a slight oc to my cpu the board is still running fine. The MOSFETS do get pretty hot however...

Now that I've started OC'ing I have no plans to stop so I figure it would be prudent to get a motherboard that can support my new hobby. I'd like to get an AM3+ board as I'd like to eventually upgrade from my athlon II x 4 to an FX chip when they become (more) viable.

My budget isn't huge.... ~ $100.

I'm thinking about this board: ASRock 970 EXTREME3


Any thoughts on that board?


Would upgrading be worth the cost?


Also, would I need to reformat my drive and start over?


Any thoughts are appreciated!
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post #2 of 11
I would get the Asus M5A97 its a great board with lots of head room to overclock

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Also yes you would need to redo your os but its worth it. I was in the same boat as you a few months ago, and im very happy with my new board

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post #4 of 11
Your board looks pretty good. But I have one recommendation.

If you change your mind on that board, don't go MSI. They use crappy VRMs, and if you want to overclock a lot, that is definitely not what you want.
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I say go with the Extreme 3! smile.gif
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks for the replies! I will absolutely avoid MSI...I've read way too many horror stories to even consider it.

The asus board looks like a pretty solid choice as well but I really love the look of the Extreme 3 and I'd imagine the quality is comparable.Just to be absolutely clear...an AM3+ will take my Athlon II x4 640 right? I've read many places that AM3+ boards are backwards compatible but I just want to make sure as $90 bucks is a lot for me.... my job certainly isn't making me rich tongue.gif

Anyway I really appreciate all the input gang biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 11
The Extreme3 and the Asus board that were linked are both good boards, this one is also a good performer, and would be a bit over the $100 mark, but is also a solid choice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733


You cant go wrong with either of the three really, for the price, they are all solid boards, and yes you can use your Athlon 2 with any of the boards mentioned biggrin.gif
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The Extreme3 and the Asus board that were linked are both good boards, this one is also a good performer, and would be a bit over the $100 mark, but is also a solid choice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733
You cant go wrong with either of the three really, for the price, they are all solid boards, and yes you can use your Athlon 2 with any of the boards mentioned biggrin.gif

Actually for that price it might be the perfect board...I have an IDE optical drive so either of the other 2 boards would require that I get an adapter or a new optical drive. The one you mentioned has IDE support so that puts it right at my price point...and free shipping! Thanks a lot for the recommendation!
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Was just reading more about ASUS M5A88-V EVO and it says something about "Hybrid crossfire" with the onboard graphics chip.

Will this actually provide a noticeable performance gain compared to my 5830 alone? Or is this just a bit of hype to make the board more attractive? Sounds pretty cool any way
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Originally Posted by Phen1863 View Post

Was just reading more about ASUS M5A88-V EVO and it says something about "Hybrid crossfire" with the onboard graphics chip.

Will this actually provide a noticeable performance gain compared to my 5830 alone? Or is this just a bit of hype to make the board more attractive? Sounds pretty cool any way

Hybrid crossfire is when you can combine the onboard graphics with your discrete graphics. However, only 'till a 6670 is supported, if i'm not wrong. So you can't use your card in Hybrid crossfire.
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