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I will be doing my first build and I would like to buy an AMD CPU because of the price, but all of the MOBOs for the AM3 socket have bad rep does anyone know an AMD mobo that is good and has SATA 6GB/S, USB 3.0, and a quality build to it? Thanks for your help in advance.
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ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard is a good one, and so is:
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS. they are both asus am3+ mobos and are plenty good for the price. personally i would go with the m5a97, just because i have this thing and an 8 core. the uefi bios is easy to use, and on my first try i oc'd to 4.2 ghz. the m5a88 is good if you need to unlock cores like an athlon ii X2, X3, Phenom ii X2, X3, or 960t. they are both good mobos, so i would get either one. thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767 m5a97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733 m5a88
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these are also very good ones and will handle current and several future cpus as well as memory upto 2133mhz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754

personally I like sabertooth out of the 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736
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ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard is a good one, and so is:
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS. they are both asus am3+ mobos and are plenty good for the price. personally i would go with the m5a97, just because i have this thing and an 8 core. the uefi bios is easy to use, and on my first try i oc'd to 4.2 ghz. the m5a88 is good if you need to unlock cores like an athlon ii X2, X3, Phenom ii X2, X3, or 960t. they are both good mobos, so i would get either one. thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767 m5a97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733 m5a88
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these are also very good ones and will handle current and several future cpus as well as memory upto 2133mhz.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754
personally I like sabertooth out of the 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

Do you you guys reccomend any AM3+ CPUS to go with this MOBO?
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Do you you guys reccomend any AM3+ CPUS to go with this MOBO?

am3?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995
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For almost all builds if you want performance for the price you should probably get Intel over AMD. The exception being if you want to do video editing or to create a stream on a very low budget. There may also be some argument at a narrow price point for an over-clocked Phenom II x6 vs a non-overclocked i5 IF you stream (e.g. not a gaming/casual use machine). Maybe. An Intel Pentium dual core ($60-90) and a cheap mobo (~$60) will outperform an a-series or similarly-priced phenom for gaming or most causal use, for example. For higher budgets, Intel gets larger performance gains.

Yes, Yes, this is the AMD forum. Sorry if I stepped on someone's toes. I clicked on forum-unmentioned link on the front page. But in the interest of the OP, there it is. redface.gif

P.S. I still <3 a-series laptops.

Edit: As a poster kindly reminded me, for video editing (or I suppose some other heavily-multi-threaded purposes) AMD is pretty darn competitive. Most people, particularly those who don't state what they want their computer to be able to do, aren't trying to do one of those things AMD processors are as good or better at, however.
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Ignore MisterFred, he's pretty wrong. Him posting that AMD are good at streaming and editting while bad at everything else shows he doesn't know what he's talking about.

Anyway, there're several decent boards. You could look into a Gigabyte 990XA or FXA board. ASUS and even Asrock do some decent boards. Asrock have recently entred the mid to high-end board segment of the market and their quality isn't too bad.

The 960T is a very nice CPU, nicer than my 955 and if you're lucky you'll be able to unlock the last two cores and you'll have a hexa core CPU. Those 960's easily overclock to 4GHz and over, from what I've seen. Alternatively you could get yourself a 975 or 98, if you have no intentions of overclocking they're both pretty good CPU's.

990XA UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

990FXA UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

Asrock 990FX Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281

Difference between the Gigabyte boards and the Asrock is that the Gigabyte ones are 8+1, the Asrock one is 4+1. For heavy overclocking 4+1 is unsuitable.

Generally speaking unless you are constrained by your wallet I'd say get a 990 board over a 970 but I don't know enough about either to be able to say which is the better one of the two. As you've already been recommended a few Asus ones I won't bother linking any but don't get an 880 chipset like the M5A88. While there isn't much difference between the 880 and 990 the 990 will probably get more support.

Last thing I'll link is the 3.6GHz 975BE, in case you're not going to OC.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103924
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