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Back in December, i bought myself a Shinobee gaming PC, which was an absolute bargain (Specs below).
But ive only just realised today that the motherboard is only supposed to be capable of taking a 95W processor, which mine is not.
So im guessing that this really isnt good for the computer as a whole and i could do with a fairly quick motherboard upgrade...

I hadnt really been planning this, but now its come to it, i thought i might as well upgrade to a Crossfire board, in case i feel like adding another GPU in the future. So im basically looking for the cheapest AM3/ AM3+ crossfire board you can find tongue.gif
Ive been doing some looking into it and found out about the crossfire pci-e 16x/4x problems, so im thinking it best to go for at least 8x/8x.

But ive found some nice AsRock crossfire boards that seem like a bargain for £60-£75. Are they worth looking more into?
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My top price range is about £80...

EDIT: Also, to clarify, i am in the UK tongue.gif
Edited by Dan the bloke - 4/8/12 at 8:19am
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I wouldn't recommend ASRock.. they are known for being a not so good brand... I'd recommend the 990XA-UD3, its just over your budget but I think it is well worth the upgrade.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plusallchipsetmotherboards/ga-990xa-ud3.html
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Look on fleabay (or here) for used Crosshair 3/4/5 boards as another option.
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I wouldn't recommend ASRock.. they are known for being a not so good brand... I'd recommend the 990XA-UD3, its just over your budget but I think it is well worth the upgrade.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plusallchipsetmotherboards/ga-990xa-ud3.html
or if you don't want that motherboard, heres another recommendation: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plusallchipsetmotherboards/90-mibfx0-g0eay00z.html


Known for being a not so good brand? ASRock makes excellent motherboards, especially on the Intel side. I do not agree with you on that notion but I will however agree with that UD3.

 

All I've used is Gigabyte up until recently, and personally, ASRock makes solid boards. Got a MIVE in my rig, and an ASRock in my brothers rig.

 

@OP: Go with what you can afford, but make sure it's somewhat solid though. Just check the reviews. :P

 
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Them two motherboards do look really good, but £80 is the very limit of what i can spend on it.
But i have heard some very good things about AsRock boards, and they are generally a lot cheaper and in my prince range.

Dustin, is there anything horribly bad about the Mobo that i linked?
Because it seems to be the cheapest, and as long as it works well, thats all that really matters to me, and i havent found any bad reviews for it...
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Them two motherboards do look really good, but £80 is the very limit of what i can spend on it.
But i have heard some very good things about AsRock boards, and they are generally a lot cheaper and in my prince range.
Dustin, is there anything horribly bad about the Mobo that i linked?
Because it seems to be the cheapest, and as long as it works well, thats all that really matters to me, and i havent found any bad reviews for it...

Why not just save up a few more £££ and then get the gigabyte? I would highly recommend it smile.gif
 
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Them two motherboards do look really good, but £80 is the very limit of what i can spend on it.
But i have heard some very good things about AsRock boards, and they are generally a lot cheaper and in my prince range.
Dustin, is there anything horribly bad about the Mobo that i linked?
Because it seems to be the cheapest, and as long as it works well, thats all that really matters to me, and i havent found any bad reviews for it...


If that is YOUR limit then go with what you can afford. But I agree, ASRock makes some solid boards.

 

Addressing the board, no I don't see anything wrong with it to be honest. If it doesn't work for you, sell it or ship it back for a refund. But if you just want it to work and not go into some extensive overclocking experience then that board will suit you just fine. You've read the reviews already, and they're all good, so why not get it since it's in your price range? No need to drop extra cash you don't have for something you need to be basic.

 
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I wouldn't recommend ASRock.. they are known for being a not so good brand... I'd recommend the 990XA-UD3, its just over your budget but I think it is well worth the upgrade.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plusallchipsetmotherboards/ga-990xa-ud3.html
or if you don't want that motherboard, heres another recommendation: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plusallchipsetmotherboards/90-mibfx0-g0eay00z.html

What? Asrock is great.
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Dustin, would the board manage an overclock up to about 3.5GHz?
If so, then id be more than happy with that, and im gonna go for it smile.gif

The more money i save, the better tongue.gif
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I wouldn't recommend ASRock.. they are known for being a not so good brand... I'd recommend the 990XA-UD3, its just over your budget but I think it is well worth the upgrade.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plusallchipsetmotherboards/ga-990xa-ud3.html
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Really Brah? Asrock is number 2 or 3 in making MB I have had nothing but good things come from my asrock boards im sick of narrow minded kids saying asrock is bad don't get it. I suggest the ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Motherboards+-+AMD-_-ASRock-_-13157281 which is better then the ud3!
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