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I need a new MB because my Gigabyte GA-770T is probably the worst motherboard on the market right now. Under $150, and preferably good for OCing my 965 BE.

Preferably standard ATX, with 2 PCIe x16 slots so I can Crossfire (I only have 1 GPU but might set up crossfire some other time)

What would you guys recommend?
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The Biostar TA890FXE is awesome, but sucks for running dual GPU thanks to having no space between cards. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 has a better layout, and looks to be an okay board. It has sufficient phases and okay heatsinks. I would get the Biostar hands down if you plan on using a single GPU, but would opt for the MSI otherwise.
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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO (/USB3)
Reason I recommend is it will support AM3+ and AMD FX Series (Bulldozer) via experimental BIOS update from ASUS
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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO (/USB3)
Reason I recommend is it will support AM3+ and AMD FX Series (Bulldozer) via experimental BIOS update from ASUS
Isn't that board only x8, x8 when both pci-e are used?

I would look at the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 if you want dual x16... although I believe there are no vid cards out there that actually can push that much data... I may be incorrect in this though.

edit. I still think that the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO (/USB3) is a great board.
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Yep, that board has X8 slots when both are used. However, modern cards have been tested, and it's made no difference with cross firing. I doubt it would really make a difference until 2 6990s are used. I have the M4A89GTD Pro, and it also was very easy to unlock a tri-core, as well as goose it to 3.6+ Ghz on 1.4 volts (not terrible imo, although the chip will do no more, even up to 1.55 volts). The board is also the coolest running AM3 board I've dealt with, and I've dealt with the MSI 790FX-GD70, Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 and 890GPA-UD3H as well. The UD3H has a DRMOS section, like MSI. It doesn't seem to overheat, but I'm unsatisfied with the temps it runs. To date, after 24 hour testing in a warm room (75F) the Asus ran around 79F for chipset and MB temps. There is no need to worry about feeding it much airflow. For that, as well as solid stability and overclocking, it wins my award, given the price. I've seen reviews for the Biostar, and think it might be pretty good as well, although with less options than the Asus.
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I need a new MB because my Gigabyte GA-770T is probably the worst motherboard on the market right now. Under $150, and preferably good for OCing my 965 BE.

Preferably standard ATX, with 2 PCIe x16 slots so I can Crossfire (I only have 1 GPU but might set up crossfire some other time)

What would you guys recommend?
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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO (/USB3)
Reason I recommend is it will support AM3+ and AMD FX Series (Bulldozer) via experimental BIOS update from ASUS
So will most other AM3 boards, the manufacturers just haven't announced it yet... If the Asus board can update the microcode in the bios to support Bulldozer, so can other 8 series chipset boards with SB850, there would be no reason they couldn't.
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So will most other AM3 boards, the manufacturers just haven't announced it yet... If the Asus board can update the microcode in the bios to support Bulldozer, so can other 8 series chipset boards with SB850, there would be no reason they couldn't.
I doubt Gigabyte is doing this with the UD5, since they come out with new hardware revisions instead of BIOS revisions. It hasn't had one since November, and the most recent one still isn't 100% imo, and lacks half multipliers. Most people use the one from July of last year :-/

I'm going to guess GB is not going to with this. Maybe they will...I can always hope for it, though.
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I like my ASRock 880G Extreme3
    
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So will most other AM3 boards, the manufacturers just haven't announced it yet... If the Asus board can update the microcode in the bios to support Bulldozer, so can other 8 series chipset boards with SB850, there would be no reason they couldn't.
I think it goes further. ASUS has stated to only use the AM3+ compatible BIOS only when the AM3+ CPU is already in, because the electrical connects as configured from the chipset to the socket have been rearranged (i.e. "ground" pin becomes "data" pin, so on), and there are different power gating technologies that may be needed. As a result, original socket AM3 CPUs may be damaged.
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