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If I can't get my ****ty ASUS board to work properly by the end of this week, I plan to throw it out the window and get a replacement. It has come to these two options:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128081
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136044

I have grown to like DFI and can trust that their boards will always be monster overclockers and be of top notch quality. Only thing that is holding me back on it s the price, since I'm a cheap bastard and have problems with spending more than $120 on a MB.
I have never really used Gigabyte boards, so I need some stories from users. People tell me they are at the same level of ASUS, which doesn't really put my mind at ease. However, the board looks nice with a solid feature set (better than the DFI one) and it's cheap. The main thing that concerns me is overclocking ability and what appears to be push pins for the CPU holding braket (I'm guessing I'm going to have to replace it to screw in my water block in there).
I don't use Crossfire and don't really care for extra PCI-e slots (only have a PCI sound card anyway). My main concern is overclocking, since I will not accept anything lower than 3GHz from my Brisbane. Anyone have any experience with these boards, or in the case of Gigabyte, how good are they?
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I recently bought a Gigabyte 780G mATX MB for a friends build and it has been very solid,no problems and has very good OC options.They have a 3 year warranty which is the same as Asus.Some say the Asus quality is going down and Gigabytes is going up but who knows for sure.My last 2 MB's were a Asus and a Gigabyte and both are solid and great OC'ers.I've seen a lot of positive reviews lately regarding Gigabyte on quality and OC'ing if that means anything.I don't have any experience with the 770 tho.
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Kinda in the same boat as you. Time for me to get rid of this PC CHips board and get something that overclocks much better. Trying to spend $80-$100.

These are boards I have found interest in so far:
GA-MA770-DS3
K9A2 Neo-F
TA770 A2+

I am having trouble deciding.....

Not trying to hijack thread, just thought this would fit well here.


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Anyone have any experience with these boards, or in the case of Gigabyte, how good are they?
I used the GA-P35-DS3L in two different Intel builds. I absolutely love it. Hopefully, the GA-MA770-DS3 is just as good.

Maybe some people that use/used these boards can comment.

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Just my 2 cents.. But MSI makes nice boards

On a second note whats up w/ your current mobo?
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On a second note whats up w/ your current mobo?
BIOS corrupts itself for no apparent reason every once in a while and it keeps damaging video cards. I would RMA it, but ASUS says they will only replace it for the same model, and every time I have tried to RMA things to them it has always taken an ungodly amount of time; I'm just going to write it off as a total loss and get a cheap replacement.

Anyway, in this thread the OP says that vcore on the MA770 doesn't go above 0.1V, which sucks majorly if it's true, since my Brisbane is going to need at least 0.15V extra to get to 3GHz. Also, on researching the board, it seems that the max voltage for the RAM is 2.1V. Can anyone confirm these things for me? Also, how good does it perform with Phenoms? I plan to get one when they become dirt cheap (maybe next year).
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Anyway, in this thread the OP says that vcore on the MA770 doesn't go above 0.1V, which sucks majorly if it's true, since my Brisbane is going to need at least 0.15V extra to get to 3GHz. Also, on researching the board, it seems that the max voltage for the RAM is 2.1V. Can anyone confirm these things for me? Also, how good does it perform with Phenoms? I plan to get one when they become dirt cheap (maybe next year).
You might want to check with TheDuke,I think he has a 770 MB.
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Anyway, in this thread the OP says that vcore on the MA770 doesn't go above 0.1V, which sucks majorly if it's true, since my Brisbane is going to need at least 0.15V extra to get to 3GHz. Also, on researching the board, it seems that the max voltage for the RAM is 2.1V. Can anyone confirm these things for me? Also, how good does it perform with Phenoms? I plan to get one when they become dirt cheap (maybe next year).


From what I have read both are true. CPU Vcore +.1 and RAM 2.175 max.


Some info on the TA770 A2+:
The CPU voltage can be set at +0.012V reaching up to +0.787V
Memory voltages start from 1.95V and can go up to 2.90V.
The available HT Voltage settings also start from 1.250V and reach 1.525V
More voltage settings for NB/SB; the motherboard can set to 1.150V~ 1.400 in steps of 0.02/0.03.
Entering the DRAM tab brings us in front of tons of different settings. According to the type of memory you have installed, you can set up the DDR/FSB divider from 1:1~1:2 (only with Phenom processors).
Lastly, the FSB can be typically set from 200~600MHz.
Source

This board has all the settings I need, I am just a little scared of the issues I have heard with the bios settings not "sticking"
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