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I have had so many problems with the system over the past month I am starting to really hate that I built my own system. Anyways after several very helpful threads here (you guys are awesome) I think I finally have the answer: my mobo is on its last legs. Windows wouldn't boot past the Windows Loading screen and pulling the fans worked; when it happened again a new power supply fixed it; then changing the RAM fixed it; a few days later I got an IO error on boot and changing the SATA cables fixed the system for a week before it gave me a Hypertransport Sync Flood Error on a boot after the Windows Loading splashscreen (boots sucessfully afterwards though). Looking in Windows Event Viewer I can see a list of errors a mile long. It has a long list of NTFS and drive errors with lots of SATA controller resets/errors and then the final Hypertransport Sync Flood Error with Windows blaming the Northbridge:

A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Component: AMD Northbridge
Error Source: Machine Check Exception
Error Type: HyperTransport Watchdog Timeout Error
Processor ID: 0

Long story short I need some ideas on a new AM3+ motherboard for right around $150 give or take $30. I am looking for stability and reliability over features and prefer Newegg and Amazon. I plan on running my AM3 Athlon II for a little while longer before upgrading to a FX-8350 when the new generation comes out and the 8530's price takes a dive. The system will never run Windows 8 though I would like something that works nicely with it if I am forced to upgrade from 7 for some unknown reason.

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Is the Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 any good? I have read really good things about it but when I looked up reviews on the Egg and Amazon and they mention problems this board seems known to have. Any other suggestions?

(Edit) The ASRock 990FX Extreme4 has an IDE port which would mean I don't have to purchase a new optical drive for my system...
Edited by t1stone - 9/25/13 at 1:22pm
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I think, after 3 hours of research is that I am going to take it into the local guy this weekend. He troubleshoots for free and told me he would only charge $30 to stick in a new motherboard. I'll ask him which model he thinks and I will go from there. I just don't want to buy another part for it to not be the cause or buy a bad apple.
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I'm sorry you are having problems with your new build. It is very odd indeed that you are having this many problems with one build.


Check out gigabyte board. Me, personally have been using them personally and in builds that I sell to consumers. Overall I have had great reliability and great support. Check out the UD3 and UD5 motherboards, you won't be disappointed.
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I'm sorry you are having problems with your new build. It is very odd indeed that you are having this many problems with one build.


Check out gigabyte board. Me, personally have been using them personally and in builds that I sell to consumers. Overall I have had great reliability and great support. Check out the UD3 and UD5 motherboards, you won't be disappointed.


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My Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 ended up costing me $250 in aftermarket parts and shipping costs. When it was working I had to deal with its terrible bios.

My current MSI 990FXA-GD80 runs more reliably, runs much cooler, and has a great bios. Anything is better than gigglybits.
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