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Biostar A780L3G for Budget Gaming Build?

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I've seen this board bundled with an Athlon II X4 640 for around $100, which I think is a pretty sweet deal since the CPU alone is usually around $100.

However, I haven't been able to find many reviews on the board. The few reviews over at Newegg were quite positive, but there were only 3. The onboard Radeon 3000 is older than the 4200 found in the newer AMD 785G, but I don't think that will matter much since I'm using a discrete graphics card anyway.

I did some digging and managed to find the BIOS manual for the board. It does to have quite a full list of overclocking and tuning options. Below is a sampling of the CPU options:


Does this seem like a pretty good board for a budget gaming/overclocking build? I don't plan to get any monster overclocks...if I can reliably hit 3.4 GHz, I'd be happy.




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Biostar A780L3G
At stock cpu speed you be fine. But if you are going to oc then boom bye-bye mobo, because it has 3+1 power phase and no VRM cooler. Have a Biostar A780L3G sit on my desk right now.
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post #3 of 7
It really is a pretty cheap board with not the best features for OC'ing. You might get a 10% OC with that board but I wouldn't push it much more than that. I would definitely stay at stock voltage.
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You shouldn't have trouble hitting 3.4 Ghz, I've been running a 600 Mhz OC on my CPU on a cheap Biostar motherboard without any issues for the past year.
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Sorry to semi necro bump, but was curious if this board was even worth getting. A friend of mine was looking for a budget build and was going to stop at microcenter tomorrow.

He won't be oc'ing right away, but he is the type to tinker.. plus he'll need to buy a x2 560 for 99.99 to get the deal.
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post #6 of 7
Looks like the same low end 3+1 design on my A785GE, with NIKOS MOSFETs
I say stay away from overclocking or yeah... boom
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xd comes through again!!!
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