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Not MSI boards, I blew my VRMs at 4 ghz, and I would call that a modest OC up from 3.2 seeing as how the built in turbo put me at 3.8 IIRC


By lower end I mean ~$80 w/ VRM cooling. MSI has a bad habit of producing boards w/ low quality VRM's and no VRM cooling. You can always buy aftermarket stick-on heatsinks for VRM cooling though.
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If you want a good budget mobo than you might want to look at a BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+. Newegg has it for $129 shipped. It is a high quality 4+2 phase power on it.

This appears to be a nice mobo. Looks good too!. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it to the list of choices I'm writing down to compare and come up with the best bang for the buck. And which one will best compliment me later on purchasing a HD 7970
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Any other mobo suggestions? Over the past week I've been really looking at a lot of 990FX mobos and the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD(3-7) boards looks real good when it comes to price, look, performance, etc. AsRock, Asus and even Sapphire has a nice mobo (sapphire pure black 990fx) I just got through watching a video on. Looks like more than I need but hardcore nontheless. But if there's no other suggestions I may end up going with the UD3 being that it floats around $110 and with leave money for extras
post #14 of 19
There is always the Sabertooth. I personally think theyre the best motherboards for any platform theyre on. Theyre also a little cheaper too.

I also think its still always a good idea to over-buy on motherboards. They are the foundation for your entire rig and will determine for the most part in how long youll keep your rig, how far you can push it and so on. Plus its by far the biggest pain in the rear to swap out so you want it to last as long as possible. If you have the extra cash for a higher end motherboard, I think its a good investment to go ahead and spend it unless all youre doing is Facebook and email. But if youre doing hardcore gaming then youre gonna be pushing your rig so the extra beef of a Sabertooth or equivalent will come in handy in long term durability. Just my $.02
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There is always the Sabertooth. I personally think theyre the best motherboards for any platform theyre on. Theyre also a little cheaper too.
I also think its still always a good idea to over-buy on motherboards. They are the foundation for your entire rig and will determine for the most part in how long youll keep your rig, how far you can push it and so on. Plus its by far the biggest pain in the rear to swap out so you want it to last as long as possible. If you have the extra cash for a higher end motherboard, I think its a good investment to go ahead and spend it unless all youre doing is Facebook and email. But if youre doing hardcore gaming then youre gonna be pushing your rig so the extra beef of a Sabertooth or equivalent will come in handy in long term durability. Just my $.02


In the beginning I pretty much was thinking the same thing you're saying now. I only moved to the UD3 because of the $126.98 out the door price, 1 day shipping and the color scheme.lol. Beside the extra money for other odds and Ins. But of course my original thought was CHV for the win. I have to be honest with you I'm not big on the color of the Sabertooth. Besides the fact the my new soon to be delieved ram is black with red trim rolleyes.gif BUT I too must say over the past week I've had a hard time ignoring the fact that it seems to be THE board to beat at it's price range and even more. If I could get Asus to custom paint it black or black and red I'd buy it today! biggrin.gif
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That makes sense. Other than hardcore gaming and occassional overclocking I'll be using it for watching hd movies, video editing and encoding. So what's the best mobo out there for those things?

P.S. The more I think about NOT overclocking the more I feel I'll be missing out if I don't.lol. Guess I definitely should keep that option available with whatever board I end up getting.

You're a little misguided. Motherboards do not increase performance... I don't understand why you would want to spend money on a new motherboard and new RAM if your performance isn't going to change more than a few seconds waiting time or maybe cheaper RAM to buy (ddr2 is expensive) at which point, I don't know what you're doing.


My 955 sat on a 970a-ud3 which has a 8+2 phase setup and it clocked at 4.2ghz quite nicely with a hyper212+
NB @ 2800mhz which provided the much needed bandwidth increase for the P II architecture
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That's true. But in my mind the motherboard give room for improvement, "flexibility" and makes the ability to have a more "efficiently" running build possible wink.gif

It's the foundation
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That's true. But in my mind the motherboard give room for improvement, "flexibility" and makes the ability to have a more "efficiently" running build possible wink.gif

It's the foundation

I can just link you to any motherboard roundup and show you that yes it might be a few watts here or there. 1-9FPS in games here or there.
Meh. I think it's more of an upgrade bug than anything else.

Look at my rig! I have a mild case of that as well ^^

955 & 5850 in a Elite 430
955 & 5850 in a Fractal R3
955 + D14 & 560 Ti 448 in Fractal R3
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I can just link you to any motherboard roundup and show you that yes it might be a few watts here or there. 1-9FPS in games here or there.
Meh. I think it's more of an upgrade bug than anything else.
Look at my rig! I have a mild case of that as well ^^
955 & 5850 in a Elite 430
955 & 5850 in a Fractal R3
955 + D14 & 560 Ti 448 in Fractal R3
3570k + D14 & 560 Ti 448 in a Silverstone PS07B

lol. Once again I agree to an extent. But For me upgrading my motherboard will open the door to DDR3 (cheaper, better) over DDR2 (more expensive) , AM3+ over AM2+ compatibility and a few other bells and whistles that will make it possible to add better components later on down the road. I will agree that I may have my hopes up too high when it comes to what the real world results will be but if all else fails I'll be happy with the setup for another year or two biggrin.gif
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