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Athlon 64 X2 5200+ , best shot at a cheap mobo?

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July 30, 2008 10:04:12 AM

Hi all.

I am an INTEL man myself, but my Ex is AMD all the way, hehe.

She has a defective MSI K9N NEO-F nF-550. Question is, what is my best option for replacement? I am not into the different chipsets performance for that CPU...

Looking for stability, "low" price and performance, all in one ofc, hehe.

Any ideas?

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July 30, 2008 12:45:09 PM

Try Abit AX78($99) it's a good mobo and scores 7557 in PcMark 05 benchmark using X2 6400+ cpu.
July 30, 2008 1:29:21 PM

Thanks for all the replies, truely appreciated.


780G looks grand, IF you are building a Media Center...

Is there a better suited Chipset for Athlon 64 X2 out there? Her graphics card is 7950 ... So, abit old school, but it works very well with her favorite game which is EverQuest 2.

Any ideas about the optimal Chipset for gamers using ATI/AMD?

I really appreciate any feedback, thank you all for helping :) 
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July 30, 2008 2:06:48 PM

all new available chipsets:AMD 770G-790G series are opimized for all AMD CPUs which means better performance,though it depends on the manufactures' products.
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July 30, 2008 2:09:48 PM


And the AMD 7XX series chipsets all have PCIe Gen 2 x16 slots ...
July 30, 2008 3:21:15 PM

Anything with the 780G chipset (avoid the 780V and 740G, they are castrated IGPs). Personally I like the Gigabyte 780G - GA-MA78GM-S2H or GA-MA78G-DS3H (ATX) both for $90/each.

The Geforce 8200 series is also very good (if you like nVidia chipsets):
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July 31, 2008 7:56:18 AM

780V is 780G w/o UVD + slower clocked

740G is 690G after 55nm shrink and addition of SB700
July 31, 2008 7:58:46 AM

Thanks for the help all.

I decided to try out Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H for her. Been awhile since I used Gigabyte myself, so looking forward to see how it fares :) 
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July 31, 2008 8:41:26 AM

Nice choice.

Its one of the most popular motherboards based on 780G
July 31, 2008 6:11:05 PM

Gigabyte has some very nice MBs. If your an X2 user and or an AMD fan get yourself any of the true am2+ boards.