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Hi,

I need some help picking out a board. Pairing this up with an Athlon X3 425, H50 (scored for $45!), and G.Skill 4GB Ripjaws. I don't plan on going crazy on the OC, maybe as high as stock volts can bring me.

I did not look at any mATX boards, just ATX. But if there is a sweet mATX I don't know about, please let me know!

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42...l&promoid=1283

I was hoping to spend less than $90 for the board... Ill be purchasing the board at NCIX tomorrow, so I really really appreciate any input.

AMD AM3 Boards:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?m...minorcatid=907

MSI 870-G45 - $60
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=55820&...SI%2FMicroStar

ASUS M4A77TD ATX
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=46944&...nufacture=ASUS

ASUS M4A79XTD Evo ATX (out of stock :[ )
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=44251&...nufacture=ASUS

BIOSTAR TA870+
http://canadacomputers.com/product_i...item_id=034442

Reps to those who help, as always.

Thanks, Uber
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I would get the ASUS M4A77TD out of those. The Asus board has 2 PCIe x16 slots that both operate at x8 and x8. The Asus board has decent cooling on Southbridge, Northbridge and Mofsets. Its you best bet for sure out of those listed.

Biostar is budget the 2nd PCIe x16 slot only works as x4, no mofset cooling. Not very many SATA ports, and the Reset/power/usb/audio pins are exposed and could get bent easily. It has funky pci slot derangement BUT it has eSATA, Firewire, looks cool, has a x4 PCIe slot as opposed to nothing and it has SATAIII and USB 3.0

And MSI 8xx are not reliable OCers past like 3.7ghz. The the mofsets aren't stout enough to handle much more.
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Forgot to mention that the only use for this PC will be photoshop, movies, and World of Warcraft (GF got addicted.. T__T)

Im using a 5770 so I will likely never xfire on this board.
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Biostar. If you go look at the Biostar 800 club, there is a good review of that board.
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Biostar. If you go look at the Biostar 800 club, there is a good review of that board.
I think for only 20 dollars more that Asus board gives you much more than the Biostar board. I don't have a problem with Biostar. If I had only $80 to spend I would buy it, but it is just lower quality. The board itself is very flimsy according to [H]ard. The Asus board is better cooled, beefier, the pins are protect on the Asus board, its PCI slot configuration makes more sense and the x8 x8 PCIe lanes are a lot more desirable than Biostars 16x 4x.

The Asus board has everything the Biostar has, and a lot more as I have already said. For only $20 more it seems like Asus is the clear choice between these two boards.
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I too suggest the Biostar. I know some ASUS boards don't like the Ripjaws, for whatever reason.

I put 4GB Ripjaws into a Biostar 880GB+ and it's an excellent pairing. Go Biostar, I think you'll be happy with it. They generally feature a nice set of overclocking options, even on lower end boards.
    
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Cooling really wont matter with an x3.

He said no crossfire, so I don't see how 8x 8x does anything.

The m4evo boards are also known for their relatively poor voltage regulation.

Also, that board is out of his budget, but since he posted it, I don't think he cares.

If I wasn't on my phone right now, I could find that 870+ review I was talking about...
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Plus the XTD Evo is OOS.

The Biostar board has only 1 in stock at a location tomorrow, so I have to rush over and check if its still available.

How about the first asus board I posted for 70? is it crap?
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Cooling really wont matter with an x3.

He said no crossfire, so I don't see how 8x 8x does anything.

The m4evo boards are also known for their relatively poor voltage regulation.

Also, that board is out of his budget, but since he posted it, I don't think he cares.

If I wasn't on my phone right now, I could find that 870+ review I was talking about...
Agreed - Its just against my better judgment to recommend that Biostar board. I don't really have anything against Biostar, but the board has some corners that were cut in terms of physical build quality. I am ignorant of both boards OC potential other than the cooling provided on the Asus board which is more substantial for certain.
Edited by Ktulu - 2/10/11 at 12:07am
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Plus the XTD Evo is OOS.

The Biostar board has only 1 in stock at a location tomorrow, so I have to rush over and check if its still available.

How about the first asus board I posted for 70? is it crap?
It's not crap but if I remember correctly there was poor SB performance out of 710 chipsets, though it likely won't matter too much considering the use you mentioned anyways.

My only issue is that I've had friends buy Ripjaws to put in a couple different ASUS boards and they all had problems with the Ripjaws being incompatible.
    
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