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Newegg Shellshocker is an ECS A880GM-M7 (V2.0) AM3 MATX Motherboard.
It will be $56.99 shipped (currently $64.99 + shipping) and has a $30 MIR.

While this is not the greatest board (or even a recommended one for overclocking, it is a 3+1 design), it does have heatsinks on the VRM; running any recommended CPU (95w limit) at stock volts should work just fine. It does have ACC for core unlocking, but anything more then a Sempron would probably put it over 95w.
This is a great board for a budget/basic build for surfing the web, a home server or even a HTPC (except it has no HDMI out).



I got one last month (my review is the newest one on Newegg) when it was $25 shipped AR.
It is in my wifes system now with a Phenom II 830 x4 @ 3.01 ghz (215 x 14) at stock volts, 4 gigs DDR3 1333 and a HD5450 in crossfire with the onboard video. Not sure if there is really any improvement in crossfire (I am sure their is), but I already had the card so I figured what the heck. She would probably be fine with the onboard 4250.

Also, my board was a Black PCB with gray and white slots, not the green PCB with orange and white that the website shows. It is not a bad looking board TBH.


edit:
I may get a second one since I just realized my other rebate was for December, this one is a new one.
Edited by blupupher - 2/1/12 at 6:36am
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Any idea on how long the rebate takes?
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8-12 weeks is the norm. It has been a while since I have done an ECS rebate (aside from th one I sent in a few weeks ago, but have not received yet).
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How fast is the POST on this board and does it have any kind of quick boot option? I'm considering buying it as an "upgrade" for my Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H in my HTPC/Server. That board takes forever to POST and there's no way to hide it, which I hate. Going from 2GB DDR2 to 4GB DDR3 would be nice too.

Edit: Nevermind. Just realized there's no S/PDIF out.
Edited by ChaoticKinesis - 1/31/12 at 6:38pm
     
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My last ECS board was crap. I most likely won't get them again..

Would not install windows 7 no matter what disc I used or what version of windows 7...
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Originally Posted by ChaoticKinesis View Post

How fast is the POST on this board and does it have any kind of quick boot option? I'm considering buying it as an "upgrade" for my Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H in my HTPC/Server. That board takes forever to POST and there's no way to hide it, which I hate. Going from 2GB DDR2 to 4GB DDR3 would be nice too.
Edit: Nevermind. Just realized there's no S/PDIF out.
I just checked.
From the time I push the power button till the post screen comes up is 5-6 seconds. Not sure if it has any "quick boot" options? The post screen shows for about 3-4 seconds, then a blank screen for another 2-3 then the windows logo.
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Originally Posted by TwiggLe View Post

My last ECS board was crap. I most likely won't get them again..
Would not install windows 7 no matter what disc I used or what version of windows 7...

Seems to be an issue for others on Newegg also. I had no problems with it though.
As I said, this is not the greatest board, but for < $30, it should be (and has been for me) a decent board.
This is my 3rd or 4th ECS board, and they have all been nothing special, but never really had any problems with them (had issues with installing Vista with SP1 on one of them).


Still debating getting another. I don't need it at the moment, but I get asked on occasion to do builds, and this would be nice to have around.
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How fast is the POST on this board and does it have any kind of quick boot option? I'm considering buying it as an "upgrade" for my Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H in my HTPC/Server. That board takes forever to POST and there's no way to hide it, which I hate. Going from 2GB DDR2 to 4GB DDR3 would be nice too.
Edit: Nevermind. Just realized there's no S/PDIF out.

Have you ever installed the chipset driver from Gigabyte, my friend was using his with Win 7 and I asked if he had installed it because his booting time was abysmal, after installing boots way faster
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Have you ever installed the chipset driver from Gigabyte, my friend was using his with Win 7 and I asked if he had installed it because his booting time was abysmal, after installing boots way faster
Everything is installed, along with newest BIOS firmware. Chipset drivers shouldn't have anything to do with POST, since they reside in the OS and this is before the OS is loaded. It's just an old budget motherboard and it behaves accordingly.
     
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