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Hey everyone, budget build time. I've sorted through a bunch of boards/CPUs and decided to stick with the 880G chipset. Nothing really stands out on these boards so it would come down to BIOS and reliability. Can anyone comment on either the MSI 880GM-E43

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130293

the BIOSTAR A880G+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138283

Or the Foxconn A88GMV

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186205

I'm still not sure of the CPU yet... it could be an X2 Athlon II or X4 Phenom II but it's most likely going to get overclocked... or unlocked. Normally I would spend a bit more on the board but I decided not to get the 460w Cooler Master PSU I was looking at and allocated more of my budget for a better PSU.

EDIT: No clue how I missed it but the Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H is within budget....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128458
Edited by Maranello - 2/4/11 at 2:45pm
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BIOSTAR does have a problem with most DDR3.. but its an AMAZING over clocking board.. but the 880 is more "practical" and reliable.. in my opinion id go with the MSI 880
    
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I just built a desktop using the biostar along with crucial ddr3. I didn't do any overclocking with it but it runs well and it dirt cheap. I don't like the amount of rear USB ports though.
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I don't like biostar motherboard overclockability or at least I haven't put the time to understand it. But a friend of mine has the 890x matx and can't see the the increaments when you up the FBS.
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I think it's going to be the MSI. Amazon has it and I have a $15 Amazon gift card so I might just use it for that. The Gigabyte comes to about the same after rebates but I loathe rebates lol.

I'm considering the MSI 870-GD45 (which is a 770) as well. I can grab one for $64 shipped so I'll be heading to the for sale forum after this to price graphics cards. I'll most likely stick with the MSI 880G though.
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Neither will reliably or safely support the Phenom II processors (except a non-unlocked x2) because all have the unheatsinked 4+1 or 3+1 power phase, Athlon II is fine. I recommend Biostar over MSI, Biostar has a much much more reliable VRM system and better prices.

If you don't mind rebates/full ATX size, you could try ASUS M4A79XTD EVO for $89, $74 AR. Best features for price thumb.gif
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Thanks, I think you're right... that Asus would be a better purchase. I'm eying this combo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.592323

I'll be looking around for sale CPU's and CPU's in the FS forums. I might even just grab a Sempron 140 and gamble for an unlock until a hot X4 or X6 deal comes along. Either way, I'll be grabbing that board.... it will go great with the Neo Eco 620 I just grabbed wink.gif

Thanks again.

EDIT: Purchased the board... hands down the best board for under $100. Thanks again xd.
Edited by Maranello - 2/5/11 at 2:42pm
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