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post #11 of 19
Yes, AsRock is just like any other motherboard manufacturer. They make both good and bad (from an enthusiast/overclocker standpoint) motherboards, and you just have to know what is what. MSI went through a period where it seemed like everything they made for AMD blew up like Fourth of July fireworks, but they're apparently cleaning up their act now.

I used AsRock's 775Dual-VSTA board a few years back and was very satisfied with it, but I've also worked on a low-end AsRock 754 board that was a PITA even with a lowly Sempron.

The only motherboard brand that I'd steer clear of for just about any application would be ECS. Even they generally work fine in a system with no overclocking or heavy use, but I'd rather use a low-end Biostar for that.
     
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I think it mostly what it boils down to this.

If in the end, the end user is happy with the product then that is what counts. As in I ordered a FX-6100 but I should have went with the FX-6300, but I am still happy because it is such an improvement over the Phenom X4 9150e that I am using now. The MSI board I ordered isn't top of the line, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel ether. Its all about how the user wants to use the product in other words.

For my generally light OC, I think the upgrades will do great. Considering what I am working with now. Even if I can't get a decent overclock. I will still be happy.

A. My machine will look a lot better with the ram and Dark Knight II heatsink and 120mm fan.
B. It will run even better then before, even without any OCing done.
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Sounds good. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
You need a better choise on the mobo if you are planning on ocing the cpu. That MSI mobo has the highest VRM failure rate over all the MSI mobos.

Uhh.... that would be an older 870 board tongue.gif The new 970A-G46 actually has VRM protection and is not bad.

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Uhh.... that would be an older 870 board tongue.gif The new 970A-G46 actually has VRM protection and is not bad.

That is really good to know biggrin.gif Makes me happy I decided to go with this board. The board I have now is MSI and I love it. It made me an instant MSI fan.
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xd_1771 was responsible for making me stay away from MSI. (He responded to my very first post on OCN) But it looks like he may be the one who makes me give them a second chance. wink.gif
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Seems like their older boards are not that great for VRM, but as he said, "this one is VRM protection and it not bad" thumb.gif
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I generally don't like to bump my own thread...but UPDATE!

I picked up a XFX Radeon R7770 Ultra Overclock today. Should put my GTS 250 to shame right? Did I make a good choice?
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Yes, that's a major improvement. Even a regular 7770 is more than twice as fast; that version will probably outperform a GTS 250 by a 2.5-1 margin. Add in the fact that your not bottlenecking your performance with a slug of a CPU anymore, and you're going to see a huge difference.
     
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