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post #19051 of 28751
The bracket looks pretty good Tator
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Hey, Tator. Do you have any experience with the Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P?
Or do you have any specific AM3 boards to recommend in the $120 range? Thanks
From what I can tell, the Gigabyte 770/790GX/790X/790FX AM3 boards are all cut from the same hunk of gold.
Each just a step down from the top of the line, either by features or options. But from my experience, the AM2+ version of the Gigabyte 770 was a very nice budget overclocking board.

If you have the money, I would look at the Gigabyte 790GPT or 790XT as their BIOS have more options, they include the better SB's, and generally have a better ability at overclocking.

The 770T board is nice, but it's a budget overclocker, and IIRC, it lacks a CPU-NB voltage option, so if you were overclocking with your HT bus, you wouldn't be able to pull off high RAM clocks on it. While it is an budget board, in the sub $100, it's an excellent choice.

The Gigabyte 790GPT is a great board, and has a few extra options missing that are included in the 790XT & 790FXT.

And Honestly, on a budget, the 790XT is the best choice, as it has the best BIOS out of all the boards, contains almost all the options of the 790FXT, has the same overclocking ability from experience, and is a good representation of the chipset. (IE 790X = 790FX Lite) And the board has barely any deductions from it's older brother besides some of it's expansion options. And I don't remember if it lets you set the PCIe Wattage like the Gigabyte 790FXT does.

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The bracket looks pretty good Tator
It is, very basic design, but it works well. If you get some spring screws then you are set. Or if you got the DK, you just need to drill the holes to fit those spring screws.
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I've been hearing so much good about Gigabyte lately when it comes to AM3. I'm sure I'm gonna end up picking one of the motherboards you just mentioned, Tator. Thanks for the recommendations, I'm bookmarking that post, +rep.
 
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I've been hearing so much good about Gigabyte lately when it comes to AM3. I'm sure I'm gonna end up picking one of the motherboards you just mentioned, Tator. Thanks for the recommendations, I'm bookmarking that post, +rep.
No problem man.

It seems to me that Gigabyte is the only company really taking AM3/AMD Users seriously right now.

Everyone else is kinda half hearted about it.

Asus's boards have some excellent quality to them, but then fall short is some regards. IE M4A79T-Deluxe having only 5 SATA ports wut?

DFI's just been DFI...they're on the fence with quality, and customer support is like talking to a brick

Foxconn has yet to drop it's Quantum Force boards, and they are probably waiting till the new chipsets. And while their Digital Life boards (A79A-S & A79D-S/3.0) offer great overclocking very cheap, they lack some special BIOS features that make life easier. (Multiple Profiles)

Jetway is Jetway..I can't really say much. 2 Profiles on all their boards, a good amount of options. But very "ok" build quality.

ECS Is really putting the pedal to the metal, but they have some catching up to do in the high end chipset market (IE 790X/GX/FX's) but their budget 780G/785G's are excellent.

MSI really improved the build quality, but they are still lagging behind the others as an enthusiast grade product. I'd honestly hope they keep pushing forward. But like DFI they need to improve customer support/service.

Biostar had a nice little budget of a 790GX board...but they've made 90 version of it, gimped an ungimped the BIOS. I'm just not sure what they are really doing.
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Your best option would be to do something like this

It's simple, cost effective, and works well.

I got one done for myself out of steel, it's total cost was around $8 as we did the cutting after school in the shop.
That's a pretty good solution. Makes me wish I had access to a mill. Although a plasma cutter would do just fine.

However, I think I'm just going to mount the BT on it as the BT already has 4 drilled/tapped holes in it that would make attaching a bracket just as easy as the DK but I think it would more evenly distribute the load on the CPU. That and I wouldn't have to dismantle one of my folding rigs as that's where the DK lives now. I will probably take the fan off of it and put it on the BT.



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Good news Thlnk3r: I found my lapping kit.

Now the question: Which is better, lap the Noctua NH-C12P or risk lapping the Phenom II x4 940?
You'll get a much better result if you lap your 940 as opposed to lapping the Noctua.
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Lapping the Noctua though is familiar ground; I have lapped a cooler before. Lapping the CPU for me is a brave new (and scary-looking) world.
     
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Just to chime in, I only have my experience with my MSI to go by but for the $$'s spent vs what I got and what it's done, I'm happy except that the AMD chipset really restricts useage of features that Nvidia has with their cards.

Of course this was done to make you buy an ATI card and nothing wrong with those but to completely neuter any tuning of Nvidia cards isn't a good thing in my book, esp if you only have enough $$'s to get a basic system going but not enough to buy an ATI or two.

That's why I'm using my Nvidia cards since this one was built on a tight budget and has to reuse these from my other builds.
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Originally Posted by Kryton View Post
Just to chime in, I only have my experience with my MSI to go by but for the $$'s spent vs what I got and what it's done, I'm happy except that the AMD chipset really restricts useage of features that Nvidia has with their cards.

Of course this was done to make you buy an ATI card and nothing wrong with those but to completely neuter any tuning of Nvidia cards isn't a good thing in my book, esp if you only have enough $$'s to get a basic system going but not enough to buy an ATI or two.

That's why I'm using my Nvidia cards since this one was built on a tight budget and has to reuse these from my other builds.
What do you mean by this Kryton?

What features?
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What do you mean by this Kryton?

What features?
Anything that allows tweaking the card for performance.

You can still adjust resolution and the like but anything affecting performance /OC'ing simply doesn't work. I've even tried a few proggys that will normally do this but they won't work with the board. SLI is also non-functional as well.
Edited by Kryton - 10/10/09 at 8:59pm
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Anything that allows tweaking the card for performance.

You can still adjust resolution and the like but anything affecting performance /OC'ing simply doesn't work. I've even tried a few proggys that will normally do this but they won't work with the board. SLI is also non-functional as well.
AMD Chipsets can't get an SLi license. nVidia won't let them have it.

And I've never had a problem to overclock nVidia cards on AMD boards or changing anything.

Though, you could try the russian hack to get SLi to work on AMD chipsets
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