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This. The ASUS board is probably a better choice now, because the 3.0 revision of the Giga boards has a new BIOS that's a PITA, plus there are reports that they're using lower-quality Nikos VRM's. The 1.x revisions of those boards used an 8+2 with high-quality NEC VRM's and were great for OC.

When it comes to VRM's, quality is better than quantity. Before I got the Giga board I use now (a rev. 1.2 with good VRM's), I had a Biostar TA970XE that was a 4+1, but it allowed me to overclock a Thuban by 1 GHz over stock. On the other hand, there were MSI boards available at the time that had more VRM's, but would have made the Fourth of July come early if I had tried that OC on them.

I never knew the vrm's were different on later revisions. They are still decent boards though and were great when llc was added. Manafacturers do unfortunately change components to meet price targets and keep main feaures but at a lesser quality. That overclock you had on a biostar motherboard would not surprise me, they are very underated boards!


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Yep. Sometimes Biostar's boards are strangely cheap but still had excellent VRMs.
On the other hand ASUS's VRMs are "digital" (6+2 = Giga's Rev 1 8+2) while Giga 990fx boards are still the older types of VRMs

I dont know why people dislike biostar. Some of thier LGA 775 boards were amazing and some of thier AMD boards with a 4+1 phase have been known to handle a heavily overclocked 8 core. Probably the reason why they are cheap is becuase of the name which is stupid really though its like any market, the well established names have more buying power and reputation so they can charge what they like.
Edited by South80 - 6/30/13 at 7:57pm
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Then you'll have to throw in a SSD.
Um ... Throw that psu away ... A single 7850 is good for a single 1080p display provided you OC it to 1100MHz following my suggestions.

$80 psu for nothing. Is it that bad? :-(
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Whats the $80 psu?

I agree with what DaveLT said. If you can find a cheap 7850 and overclock the nuts off it then its stupidly fast for the money.
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Whats the $80 psu?

I agree with what DaveLT said. If you can find a cheap 7850 and overclock the nuts off it then its stupidly fast for the money.

Cm ex2 625 w psu
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Thats the one you have already?
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Thats the one you have already?

Yes.

Pardon my typos, I'm on mobile.. :-(
Edited by noobpro101 - 6/30/13 at 9:08pm
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I say use Alanim's build and Matt-Matt's crossfire suggestion to build a monster for you price range. Then provided temps are good get a nice overclock and you should be very well set thumb.gif

Amd crossfire has issues, I read it is on the forums...?
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AMD crossfire has gotten a bit better recently, there's also a driver update coming july 31st that should fix those issues as I hear?

If you want a higher quality mobo then just upgrade the model. If you order soon you'll get a 10% credit back to buy a higher quality PSU. Although that might be ending in 1 hour.

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Edited by Alanim - 6/30/13 at 11:49pm
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I never knew the vrm's were different on later revisions. They are still decent boards though and were great when llc was added. Manafacturers do unfortunately change components to meet price targets and keep main feaures but at a lesser quality. That overclock you had on a biostar motherboard would not surprise me, they are very underated boards!
I dont know why people dislike biostar. Some of thier LGA 775 boards were amazing and some of thier AMD boards with a 4+1 phase have been known to handle a heavily overclocked 8 core. Probably the reason why they are cheap is becuase of the name which is stupid really though its like any market, the well established names have more buying power and reputation so they can charge what they like.
Indeed. Almost every single T-series board have been great, like TA990FXE TA890FXE TZ77XE4. Not sure about x79
I would buy a Biostar board for my next build but ... their black silkscreen looks awful
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$80 psu for nothing. Is it that bad? :-(
Sadly it is ... I wouldn't trust a PSU like that to power even half of its ratings.
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Amd crossfire has issues, I read it is on the forums...?
Apart from microstutter which will be fixed somewhere this month? This is not anything like HD4k smile.gif
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