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Whats the best AM2 chipset thats out right now? I currently have the 3800+ X2 on an Asus M2N-E SLI board (which has a nForce4 chipset). Im looking to get a new mobo soon and I want to get one that will be able to run the Phenom and have a real good chipset (if not the best one out) to boot. So I guess I just want everyones opinion on whats the best chipset for an AM2 CPU right now and what would be the second best. I usually base my mobo decision off the chipset that comes with it. Thank you for any help you provide in advance!
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Nforce chipsets are good i think....i have a NF4 and it freak rocks like a crazy lady lol...overclocked better than a dfi board actually...ECS might be going up in ranks
 
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I have the nForce 630a it added 1000pts to my 3D06 score when I upgraded. For Phenom the AMD 790Fx. I would wait for the newer Phenoms with the B3 stepping and unlocked multipliers if I was going to upgrade to Phenom. My 6400+ suits me fine right now.
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matx 7050 chipset.
atx 790fx or 590sli chipset for sure.

i wouldn't use anything else.
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I guess it depends on if you want Crossfire or SLI, or if a dual card setup isn't needed.

For Crossfire, your best bet would be a 790FX chipset board (which actually supports "Quad-Fire" or up to 4 ATI cards in Crossfire). Like this DFI LanParty UT 790FX-M2R. Asus and Gigabyte also make a variety of 790FX boards.

As far as I know, there aren't any actual AM2+ boards that support SLI. But some AM2 boards with the nVidia 590i SLI chipset, like this M2N32-E SLI, can support AM2+ CPU's with the correct BIOS. FYI, You mentioned you have an M2N-E SLI which actually has the nForce 500 chipset, not nForce 4.

Otherwise, if you're looking for something a little less expensive and you don't need dual GFX cards this Asus M3A with the AMD 770 chipset I've heard is good.

Just a few suggestions.
    
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Since I've had first hand experience with the 590 and AMDs 770/SB600, the soon to be and way late to market nVidia chip set may be the best yet to come.
Perhaps AMDs SB700 will improve there offering too.
Frankly, only time will tell whats the best AM2+ because the current is all a bit lacking.
    
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Thank you all for the suggestions. I have a nVidia 7900 GT graphics card so Crossfire is out of the question and I dont really even need SLI. Ill just be using 1 card.

btw - I didnt mention it in my 1st post, but Im looking for an ATX board. I dont really want a microATX unless I just have to for some reason.

@The Duke - What is "the soon to be and way late to market nVidia chip set" you talk about?
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Nforce chipsets are good i think....i have a NF4 and it freak rocks like a crazy lady lol...overclocked better than a dfi board actually...ECS might be going up in ranks
I used to think it was, then i bought my 790X. It was an absolute total and complete slaughter in every way.

The best out is simple, 790FX. And if you have the money, theres Crossfire version and a Quadfire version.
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@The Duke - What is "the soon to be and way late to market nVidia chip set" you talk about?
He's probably either talking about the upcoming nVidia MCP68 and/or the nVidia MCP72 chipsets for socket AM2+ boards. These chipsets are intended to replace the nVidia 500 series chipset used on current AM2 boards. AFAIK, SLI capabilities on either of these is still a little sketchy.
    
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Whats the best AM2 chipset thats out right now? I currently have the 3800+ X2 on an Asus M2N-E SLI board (which has a nForce4 chipset). Im looking to get a new mobo soon and I want to get one that will be able to run the Phenom and have a real good chipset (if not the best one out) to boot. So I guess I just want everyones opinion on whats the best chipset for an AM2 CPU right now and what would be the second best. I usually base my mobo decision off the chipset that comes with it. Thank you for any help you provide in advance!

I would just do some research and wait to buy a board until you decide on buying the future CPU....if you decide to get a phenom the wait till then to get a board....

Most boards as of now are a bit lacking in the correct functioning bios to make Phenoms run they way they should....

I dont think any board right now is worth getting if you opt for a Phenom CPU and frankly neither is a Phenom.

As with the next generation Phenom bios's for mother boards will start getting more reformed and much more mature than they are now and thus gaining performance for you the buyer...

If you must get a board now just get a cheaper board to hold you over until the next best thing comes out....

My personal choice is "Bang for the Buck" I am not about shelling out 200.00 for a motherboard no how no way....pointless to me...

I see people spending 150.00 or alot more for a board and sure it has bells and whistles but it doesnt really perform much better than a 100.00 motherboard...
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