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What do you all think of this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130265R
as a replacement for this (which is what I presently have in the Blue Beast):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128381&cm_re=ma790x-ud4-_-13-128-381-_-Product

I'm thinking about taking the Gigabyte board out of the Blue Beast for another budget build, and give the Blue Beast an upgrade(?) in the process. I'm not very "up" on motherboards. Thanks.
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Why don't you look for a mobo with a newer chip set (890 in opsite to the 790 you have) with some neat stuff, like sata 6gb and USB 3.0?
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why would u get something bascily the same? atleast get a newer chipset (890) so u get the newer features and supports?
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That's tiers down from the 790X-UD4; 4+1 unheatsinked mosfets, less features, etc. etc. etc. only a different black PCB. Not a suitable replacement tier-wise. Not suitable for running an overclocked 940 BE either due to the unheatsinked 4+1 mosfets.
post #5 of 9
well since you have an am2+ chipset , there isn't really much to upgrade to. It's a shame that there isnt newer chipset boards that are backwards compatible =( i'm in the same boat you're in. Best bet would be to just get a new mobo/ram/cpu. depending on newegg daily deals/diy kits, you can get a new setup for 250~ maybe even less.
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I bought that board anyway. Yesterday. As you guys pointed out, new chipsets are not available for AM2/2+/DDR2 RAM platforms. However, since you say that this board is really a "step down", I will keep the Gigabyte board in the Blue Beast and use this new board to put in the White Whale. I'll put my HD3870's (since no one is interested in buying them) into it for a CrossfireX set-up.

The other thing I notice is that this board is the ONLY thing available (from Newegg, anyway) that is compatible with what I'm trying to do: AM2/2+, DDR2 RAM, CrossfireX ready...

Wait a minute... What about this?:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ASUS-Crosshair-II-Formula-940-DDR2-nForce-780a-SLI-MOBO-/290506448473?pt=Motherboards&hash=item43a3889e59

A LOT more money....
Edited by croSSeduP - 12/25/10 at 11:34am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by croSSeduP;11772444 
I bought that board anyway. Yesterday. As you guys pointed out, new chipsets are not available for AM2/2+/DDR2 RAM platforms. However, since you say that this board is really a "step down", I will keep the Gigabyte board in the Blue Beast and use this new board to put in the White Whale. I'll put my HD3870's (since no one is interested in buying them) into it for a CrossfireX set-up.

The other thing I notice is that this board is the ONLY thing available (from Newegg, anyway) that is compatible with what I'm trying to do: AM2/2+, DDR2 RAM, CrossfireX ready...

Wait a minute... What about this?:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ASUS-Crosshair-II-Formula-940-DDR2-nForce-780a-SLI-MOBO-/290506448473?pt=Motherboards&hash=item43a3889e59

A LOT more money....

Your major problem as I see it is that your CPU only has a DDR2 memory controller so the newer boards are pretty much out of the running. You are better off getting a new CPU/mobo/RAM rather than spending $150 plus $37 shipping for what is admittedly an excellent but obsolete board. Good luck!
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post #8 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MicroMiniMe;11774512 
Your major problem as I see it is that your CPU only has a DDR2 memory controller so the newer boards are pretty much out of the running. You are better off getting a new CPU/mobo/RAM rather than spending $150 plus $37 shipping for what is admittedly an excellent but obsolete board. Good luck!

I found it for less, here:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0015M6EVG/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qid=1293319170&sr=8-1-fkmr1&condition=used"]Amazon.com: Used and New: Asus Crosshair II Formula Socket AM2+/ nForce 780a SLI/ FSB 5200/ 3-Way SLI/ A&V&2GbE/ ATX Motherboard[/ame]

One of the things I REALLY like about it is that it is SLI compatible for that inevitable day when I get a second GTX 570!
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post #9 of 9
Well, get the Crosshair II then. Its a great overclocking board and will support SLI.
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Originally Posted by croSSeduP;11775095 
I found it for less, here:
Amazon.com: Used and New: Asus Crosshair II Formula Socket AM2+/ nForce 780a SLI/ FSB 5200/ 3-Way SLI/ A&V&2GbE/ ATX Motherboard

One of the things I REALLY like about it is that it is SLI compatible for that inevitable day when I get a second GTX 570!
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