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Looking to get rid of my PC Chips board for something that can overclock my
3600+ a lot better.

My price range is $80-$100.

I need:

- AM2 and AM2+ compatible
- Dont need SLi or Crossfire
- A decent range of voltage adjustments for CPU Vcore and RAM (NB and SB would be nice but not mandatory)
- HT Multiplier
- RAM speed adjustments (RAM divider?)

Basically, I want to try to push my 3600 Brisbane near 3Ghz.

Right now I have ruled out the GA-MA770-DS3 due to lack of voltage adjustments for CPU.

My other thoughts are:
MSI K9A2 Neo-F
BIOSTAR TA770 A2+

Comments, suggestions, advice appreciated.
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I'm in the same boat. I have heard good things about the Biostar; some guys over at Xtreme Systems have been using them with Phenoms with seemingly good results. For the MSI I have been hearing that the ver.2 of the one you posted is better designed for 125W chips, so if you plan to use high end X2s or Phenoms you may want to research that. Personally I have been looking at the GA-MA770-DS3, since it seems the most feature rich out of all the 770s; the only thing that is holding me back is the apparent fact that the BIOS only allows up to +0.1V vcore and 2.175V for RAM voltage, which is rather limited, but people say they are great overclockers.

At the end, I may end up going with this. More expensive, but from a company that's know for its overclocking boards (basically, it's guaranteed that it will overclock extremely well), and the boards with 790 chips are better suited to run high end Phenoms (if that is what you plan to do latter on).
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All the 770's I looked at have voltage limits like that,it's their budget chipset so I think the limits are intentional.
If you want more range and options I think you will have to go 790X or 790FX,not sure about the voltages on the 780 and 740.
I have a Gigabyte 780G mATX but I won't have the rest of the parts I ordered until Thursday.
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My brother has the BIOSTAR one you listed, he has a 4000+ at 3GHz stable, using AC 7 heatsink. The BIOS is surprisingly good for a Biostar board.
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Thanks for your response

The GA-MA770-DS3 seems like a very good overall board. I just think I will be kicking myself in the butt for it later when I need that little extra Vcore that this board wont give.

The BIOSTAR TA770 A2+ is looking nice too. The things I hear about flaky bios (settings not sticking) kinda pushes me away though. And to be honest I am not all that familiar with the 8 pin CPU power this board uses. I have read that you can use your standard 4 pin connector but its not "optimal".

Also looking at TForce TF8200 A2+
Still reading up on this one......


Right now I am leaning toward one of the BIOSTAR boards although I would love to grab that DFI board but my price range is strict.


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My brother has the BIOSTAR one you listed, he has a 4000+ at 3GHz stable, using AC 7 heatsink. The BIOS is surprisingly good for a Biostar board.
Any odd bios or boot behavior?
Edited by budgetgamer - 5/27/08 at 10:05pm
    
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I don't think you'd go wrong with the TA770.... I've used two different BIOS versions and not a bit of trouble with the settings not sticking. The only thing I've noticed is that if you make a setting the board doesn't like, it will boot into safe mode.... then you just go back into the BIOS, save again and exit.

And you can run the 4 pin connector on the 8 pin power.... I believe that the extra 4 is for added stability for higher wattage CPU's.

The TF8200 just came out, but it seems to be a pretty good OC'er as well....

http://www.rebelshavenforum.com/sis-...;f=45;t=000016

Hope that helps you.... and good luck with your purchase!
Edited by winginit - 5/28/08 at 6:25am
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post #7 of 17
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Thanks a lot winginit I was looking forward to you commenting on this thread
+REP


Ordered: BIOSTAR TForce TF8200 A2+ AM2+/AM2

Hope I get it by Monday !!!!!
    
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Hehe, I just ordered the DFI, wonder who will get thiers first. I'm in washington state. It's probably coming from Tennessee . .
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Quote:
Originally Posted by budgetgamer View Post
The GA-MA770-DS3 seems like a very good overall board.
I agree
post #10 of 17
I'd also vouch for the Gigabyte DS3. I've got the intel version running at work, and it's been rock solid stable at a good 75% OC for the past year.
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