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I decided to try reviving an old computer of mine to play a few games on it. It died about a year ago, and when you plug it in, the fans immediately power on, but it does not boot or do anything else. It has a phenom 2 x4 at stock 2.8 Ghz on a mpc61pm-gm motherboard.

So I'm now looking for a replacement board preferably as cheap as possible but can do at least mild overclocking of the CPU, GPU, and RAM. I've found these ones on new egg but can't really decide. Right now I'm partial towards the MSI board because I know they have decent customers service (in case it's doa) and bios updates (in case I want to upgrade the CPU in the future).

BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138345

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795

ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX AM3+ AMD 760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157323

MSI 760GM-P34(FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130657

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128565

Does anyone have any insight as to if any of these boards is better than the others?
post #2 of 15
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 is your best bet.
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Thank you for your advice. I am not the most knowledgeable about overclocking and picking motherboards. I'm concerned that it has a fsb with 2200MHz Hyper Transport (4400 MT/s), RAM support for only DDR3 1333+ (O.C.)/1066, and a 8 pin CPU power rather than a 4 pin. Will this mean I can't use faster ram and will it work with a 4 pin CPU?
post #4 of 15
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Sorry for the double post, but I just did some research on the gigabyte board and it looks like it supports ddr3 at 1600MHz and the 8 pin slot is 4 pin compatible.
post #5 of 15
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And... Triple post. I think I will go ahead and get the gigabyte board. It looks like it has all the features I need plus more all for just $55. Now does anyone know where I can get some cheap ddr3 ram?biggrin.gif
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I would go with the gigabyte, I have the little brother of the one you listed (GA-78LMT-S2P) and I am able to get my Athlon IIx4 620 up to 3.5GHz @ 1.472 Vcore stable (2.6Ghz stock speed) 3.7GHz suicide runs @1.55Vcore

The bios are rock solid and are really well laid out, plus you can save between 5-10 bio configs (can't remember exact number, and I aint rebooting to find out)
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According to their manual which I downloaded and read, it's up to 8 profiles. Thank you for the extra confirmation that it's a good board. biggrin.gif
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And... Triple post. I think I will go ahead and get the gigabyte board. It looks like it has all the features I need plus more all for just $55. Now does anyone know where I can get some cheap ddr3 ram?biggrin.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313080
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post #9 of 15
As for what ram to get, I would go with a kit of CORSAIR XMS 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 for $60 Link

It is low profile so it should fit under any CPU heatsink, and the timings are half decent on it at 9-9-9-24

Off topic: Holly hell has ram climbed in price recently, I remember picking up my 8 GB kit of patriot ram for 30 bucks on sale
Edited by rafety58 - 3/23/13 at 6:42pm
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
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post #10 of 15
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Yeah, price fixing trends to screw over customers in most cases. That ram is more expensive than the motherboard.mad.gif
Since I'm pretty tight on a budget, I just bought a couple of 2GB sticks off the market for $20. It might not be the best purchase thinking long term, but it certainly was the cheapest. Besides, I'm just as glad to help out the overclock.net community even if only a little bit. Thank you both for your help. thumb.gif
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