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Trying to decide what to base an upcoming AM2 system on. I'm still tossing around the idea of Core2... but damn, AMD is just so cheap these days. Anyway I've already kind of gone with the ASUS M2N-e but I hear it is not at all a good overclocker.

I do not need SLI at all. I don't plan to do it at any point. I am looking for strength in the chipset and good overclockability. Also something with a good setup for a nice CPU cooler. Might put a Tuniq Tower on it at some point. This will probably be going into either an Antec Nine Hundred case if I feel like buying a PSU, or a Sonata 3 if I cheap out.

Any suggestions? I see that MSI really screwed the pooch on AM2. None of their motherboards were all that nice looking at all. Gigabyte seemed to have a varied lineup... though I'm un-sure of quality. I have never had a GA board before.
    
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you gonna be using it for games by any chance?
    
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Yes I will be, primarily.

Also, the hard drive and sound card in my sig will be going onto this board.
    
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biostar tforce 550 or 7050
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Hm, weird I've never had a Biostar board recommended to me before. I'll definitely look into it. Whats the difference between the 550 and 7050?
    
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I also recommend the TForce 550 (look at my sig). Tons over OC options.
post #7 of 21
Well I love my MSI K9N Platinum, good overclocker if you don't plan on going over 1.6v as the restart button turns into another power button hehe.

The BEST AM2 mobo out there is the DFI LANPARTY UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G hands down, nothing can compare to it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136014

However as it is rather pricy I would go with this myself the ASUS M2R32-MVP
It's a crossfire motherboard and a great overclocker.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131095
post #8 of 21
the 7050 has integrated gfx and is mirco atx and is a very good overclocker and the 550 is atx and doesn't have integrated gtx also a good overclocker both should be good to about 320 fsb
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the asus boards is good to about 400 fsb heres a review http://www.techreport.com/reviews/20...p/index.x?pg=7
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You mentioned you had already gone with the M2N-E. So you are where I was when i built my system. I went for it because i wanted the M2N series mobo but didnt want to pay extra for the SLi because I dont have an nvidia card. Works great for me. It does have the capability to overclock. Not as well as the others though.. there are limited voltage options in some cases but I haven't had the need to overclock yet, so i wouldn't know..

I would recommend it though. Worked flawlessly so far.
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