Overclock.net › Forums › AMD › AMD Motherboards › In need of a reliable motherboard!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

In need of a reliable motherboard!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I just recently upgraded my system as a budget build and with the micro-center deal got a really "crappy" motherboard for free that I now want to replace with something much more reliable and overclock ready.

Currently I have the Biostar TA785G3 which did its purpose as a free mobo.

I am looking for something that goes well with the AMD X4 965.
With my current board I didn't even bother overclocking because of the lack of mosfet cooling on this board. It's also very cheaply made, sometimes the USB ports shut off and overall it's just cheap quality. It's hard to keep my RAM stable at 1600.

I am looking for a board in the $100-150 ballpark (the cheaper the better), I just need something that will overclock well with the chip, preferably X-fire support and decent mosfet cooling so that I can OC that puppy.

I don't really know which brand to go with, I am thinking ASUS?
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131646 how is this motherboard?
post #3 of 10
that'll work. your not gonna be breaking any records but you should get a decent oc out of it. good brand too.
shoebox
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 965 C3@4.0ghz MSI 790FX-GD70 Quadfire HD5770's 16gb corsair vengeance 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair F40 ssd caviar black 1tb patriot pyro 60gb seagate 320gb 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Lite On Blueray custom loop Win 7 64 Acer P235H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech g110 Seventeam 850w CM HAF X sidewinder x5 
  hide details  
Reply
shoebox
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 965 C3@4.0ghz MSI 790FX-GD70 Quadfire HD5770's 16gb corsair vengeance 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair F40 ssd caviar black 1tb patriot pyro 60gb seagate 320gb 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Lite On Blueray custom loop Win 7 64 Acer P235H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech g110 Seventeam 850w CM HAF X sidewinder x5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Does the board support crossfire? I think I read in the specs that it only has x4 on the 2nd pci-e so that might be a problem when trying to CF?
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Anymore recommendations for good motherboards?
post #6 of 10
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASUS Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB Kingston Hyper-X 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 OCZ Vertex 3 WD6401AALS WD5000AAKS 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 elementary OS Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM LG W2442PA-BF 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Corsair HX750W Corsair Graphite 600T Logitech G700 
Audio
ASUS Xonar DG 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASUS Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB Kingston Hyper-X 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 OCZ Vertex 3 WD6401AALS WD5000AAKS 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 elementary OS Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM LG W2442PA-BF 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Corsair HX750W Corsair Graphite 600T Logitech G700 
Audio
ASUS Xonar DG 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nathris View Post
Does that board support usb 3.0 or sata 6GB/s ? Didn't see anything about it and just curious.
post #8 of 10
No, it does not, it's the older chipset. I have fully researched motherboards by Asus, MSI and Gigabyte in the $100 - $150 range. I made my decision after 8+ hours and ordered the following board earlier today:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631

Great stock cooling for the price, comes with USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 890GX chipset which is just under the best. The difference between the board Nathris suggested and the board I just purchased is the speed between the PCI Express slots run at while in Crossfire.

The ASUS board runs Crossfire at x16 x16, while the MSI board runs Crossfire at x16 x16.

If the Crossfire speed doesn't matter, get the ASUS board! It's cheaper and has the newer chipset (with USB 3.0). Unless you have more to spend, it's the way to go!

Main reasons I picked the ASUS:
Mosfet cooling, 8 pin AUX power (instead of 4) which allows the board to have more stable votage while overclocking, and 8 + 2 Phase Power (more stable overclocks).

You can also compare motherboard chipsets here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_AMD_chipsets
Jake
Edited by sbdblyss - 1/13/11 at 10:16pm
post #9 of 10
If you're looking for the most features for the lowest price... I know a motherboard for you. The only downside on it is a vDroop that may make it a bit tough to overclock. Here's a rundown of some of the features on the M4A79XTD EVO:
8x-8x Crossfire, 790X chipset, 8+2 power phase/heatsinks, ACC core unlocking, IDE, PCI and PCI-E x1, and I believe there are 6 SATA connectors.
For $93, $78 AR on buy.com or $78 shipped Open Box, I consider it the absolute best bang-for-buck AM3 motherboard around
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
If you're looking for the most features for the lowest price... I know a motherboard for you. The only downside on it is a vDroop that may make it a bit tough to overclock. Here's a rundown of some of the features on the M4A79XTD EVO:
8x-8x Crossfire, 790X chipset, 8+2 power phase/heatsinks, ACC core unlocking, IDE, PCI and PCI-E x1, and I believe there are 6 SATA connectors.
For $93, $78 AR on buy.com or $78 shipped Open Box, I consider it the absolute best bang-for-buck AM3 motherboard around
I wouldn't mind that board but I think I am going to go with something that has USB 3.0 and Sata 6 because i want to invest into a decent SSD soon so that would make a perfect combo
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: AMD Motherboards
Overclock.net › Forums › AMD › AMD Motherboards › In need of a reliable motherboard!