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im in the process of looking for a new motherboard, but i really dont have a experience or knowledge as to the differences in mother boards. I soon plan on buyin a phenom II x6 ...maybe x4, not sure yet but more than likely the x6. So my questions are:
1) Do i go Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, etc
*I would like a board that does have a blue/black color scheme
2) Do i go for a Full ATX board or Micro ATX? Does it matter?
* i dont really need that many PCI slots, just PCI-E so that i can eventually crossfire
* i have a mid-tower, and i like the way the micro ATX looks inside of it, but i dont know if it will matter later when i upgrade to a full tower,
if there is a power difference
3) Out of curiousity, what makes a good motherboard? What do i need to look for?
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1.Asus.

2.You would probably lose a few slots.

3.Look for what kind of memory you can put in it.Such as ddr2 or ddr3,and it can take 1006,1333,or 1600.I personally like a lot usb ports,and it more then likely will be running at 2.0.Also make sure that it is sata 6.0.

I really don't think that later it would matter if you had micro atx and you upgraded you case.

Heres one I found on Newegg it has 4 egg rating.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754
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1 - All 3 of those are fantastic suppliers for motherboards (I'll provide a few later)

2 - The differences between ATX and Micro ATX is that Micro ATX has fewer PCI slots and less SATA slots. There isn't a power difference. If you're going to crossfire, get a full size ATX board so your board doesn't look dwarfed smile.gif

3 - What makes a good motherboard? Well, I'm an overclocker. A motherboard I buy must have good overclocking features allowing me to fully unlock my cpu. A motherboard that has on and reset buttons on it. Also, a motherboard that has a CMOS button on the rear I/O is nice for me tongue.gif

Now here is your problem. (Not really a problem, more of a bump in the road) Phenom processors are getting a bit...dated. However, I will give you a couple motherboards to look at for that processor/s.

Here is what I suggest. Get the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform from Intel. It will be current and you'll have a chance to experience awesomeness wink.gif

But if you want to stick with the cpu you want, get this board. It is socket AM3+, which means you can use the latest AMD processors if you decide to upgrade in the future. Its a great board.

Asus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=g5n359hp722b

Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510
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1 - All 3 of those are fantastic suppliers for motherboards (I'll provide a few later)
2 - The differences between ATX and Micro ATX is that Micro ATX has fewer PCI slots and less SATA slots. There isn't a power difference. If you're going to crossfire, get a full size ATX board so your board doesn't look dwarfed smile.gif
3 - What makes a good motherboard? Well, I'm an overclocker. A motherboard I buy must have good overclocking features allowing me to fully unlock my cpu. A motherboard that has on and reset buttons on it. Also, a motherboard that has a CMOS button on the rear I/O is nice for me tongue.gif
Now here is your problem. (Not really a problem, more of a bump in the road) Phenom processors are getting a bit...dated. However, I will give you a couple motherboards to look at for that processor/s.
Here is what I suggest. Get the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform from Intel. It will be current and you'll have a chance to experience awesomeness wink.gif
But if you want to stick with the cpu you want, get this board. It is socket AM3+, which means you can use the latest AMD processors if you decide to upgrade in the future. Its a great board.
Asus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=g5n359hp722b
Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

Huh?The phenom cpus are dated? Isn't that amds top of the line cpu? Splashy,I think we gave the same link.The bottom line is depending on the user,being a overclocker or a regular user,is we have to look at each motherboard and see what matters to the person.
Edited by Fishinfan - 3/16/12 at 2:34pm
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They're from 2008-2009. To me, that is getting to be dated...
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Well i looked up those links you guys gave, i like that gigabyte motherboard. I still dont know which one ill get though lol, but if size really doesnt matter, i might stick to the micro ATX.
I saw that the phenom II's did come out like 2-3 years ago so i looked up the AMD fx-8 core proccessors which look awesome too, but i'm getting mixed reviews on it. Ive read also that most games dont even utilize the multi-core processing in their games, so is it really worth it? Right now i'm running on a Phenom I x4 9550 at 2.2 ghz. I want to over clock, but my motherboard bios doesnt let me, its a Foxconn (bengal) rs780, which is even more outdated since it came out like 5 years ago. So Really any of the phenom 2 or higher are really better than what ive got and considering that my processor is 3-4 years old it still keeping up with whats been coming out it doesnt bother me too much that the phenom 2 are a little behind. They should still have a little life left in them right?

Im thinking the hexcore wont be too bad, considering it still 6 cores, which should still keep up in a couple of years from now. its part of the phenom 2 line, which ive read nothing but great reviews on and has over clocking abilities. Im very temped by the fx-8 core, but do you all think that would be overkill? Plus what have you all heard about from the AMD FX line?

By the way, does anyone think i should go with an Intel i3/5/7? I hear really good reviews out of those too, but ive always been an AMD fan and i like to be faithful. But i did the same thing with the xbox 360 vs ps3. I was loyal to 360, then i bought a ps3 also and was like damn. This is really good too. Unfortunately i cant have both in this case.
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by the way. This is the inside of my case looks like as of now.

450

A full atx would reach the top of the PSU, ive seen in other pics. Reason i didnt want a full atx is becuase i wouldnt be able to put the wire behind the mobo and im not sure if im going to upgrade anytime soon to a bigger case, or stay with this thermaltake v3 and just modify. think it'll look better fATX/mATX both with crossfire (hd6850)?
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The GA-970A-UD3 is a great board for the money. It has all the options of the 990FXA boards except SLI support and Crossfirex is only x16, x4 and overclocks very well with it's 8+2 power phase.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

It's pretty much the same as the 990x except it has one less PCI-E slot and less bandwith on it's second PCI-E in Crossfirex config. If your only planning on running one card it's perfect and if you run 2 the bandwith shouldn't matter much anyways because 2 HD 6850's will more than likely be bottlenecked at any higher bandwith with any AMD CPU. Even at x4 bandwith it will give you a noticeable boost in performance with 2 cards.

It's also about $30 cheaper than the 990x.
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+1 on the GA-970A-UD3! Just bought mine a few weeks ago and I'm very happy with it. Does it have cool onboard on-off buttons and clrcmos on the back? Nope. Does it have nifty lights and digital lcd error readouts? Nope. Does it overclock like a beast and let me sleep well at night knowing I'm not gonna fry anything (like a vrm)? 100%
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Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

+1 but you might as well get a 990FXA for $7 more http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055QYKQO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Or an open box Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736R
Or an open box 990XA for $98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510R (I just ordered one of those myself yesterday)
Or even an OB Crosshair V which is the best (or one of the best at least) AMD motherboard on the market atm - for $165 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735R

Those OB ones have been in stock for at least a week or so so they'll probably still be there for a while, and I just ordered the 990XA and it's still in stock so they probably have more than 1.
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