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Can anyone suggest any AMD motherboard that is cheap yet good? Any suggestions would be great.

So far I found three:

GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX All Solid Capacitor AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-MA790FX-DS5 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX Ultra Durable II AMD Motherboard

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
post #2 of 5
the 570 SLI chipset starts to show its age.... Not bad, but old.

I thought you said cheap

If you can afford the DS5, by all means go for it. But the DS3 isn't bad either.

Now, do know that the DS3 and DS5 do NOT support SLI. They do support Crossfire however. Thus if you're looking for a dual GPU set up, you'll have to get ATI cards with those boards.
    
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If you are looking to go Nvidia (sli) I would recommend the M2N32-SLI model, I have the Premium model, but the Deluxe is also very well equipped. The two boards are almost identical except for the premium has 512mb onboard flash (and lots of offboard goodies) while the deluxe has integrated wifi. If you can afford the DS5, then you can afford the M2N32 also... the premium model I have ran me $220 CAD, while the deluxe is about 150-180 (depending where you go) CAD.

Chozart is very right though, the 570 is getting on in age. I have the 590 and im quite content with what it offers me. I managed to get a very nice OC out of my 5600+...
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The ASUS M3A is fine if you don't care for SLI or Crossfire and you just want a stable board with a bare feature set. Apparently it overclocks well and I picked mine up for $90. It's big brother, the M3A32-MVP offers Crossfire and a stronger Southbridge (790FX) but at a much higher price tag.

M3A: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131234 ($90)

M3A32-MVP Deluxe: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131291 ($190)
    
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Thanks for the info
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