Need a good motherboard for Phenom 9950 Black Edition

I made a search before posting this.

Now, I am in the process of choosing parts for a new PC, I already have the case and PSU (Antec 900 Mid-Tower and a 550W)

Now i've been trying to decide between an Intel or AMD based system. I've done some research and it seems Intel processors are more powerful but also a lot more expencive.

If I decide to go with Intel I have opted for a Q9400 and this motherboard:

However, for this AMD option I have yet to find a reliable motherboard. A lot of reviews that I have read from have stated the BIOSs have been bad and layouts have been problomatic.

I would like some help finding a motherboard off I have a budget of $300.

I'm into gaming and so the motherboard will need to be of a high performance.

Thank you.
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  1. You'll probably want to start your search for one of the 790gx or 790fx with the 750 southbridge. I'm a fan of gigabyte, something like has good reviews and a nice layout for a single gfx, sata ports might get in the way of a xfire setup. Main thing is the new southbridge SB750, its supposed to allow easier overclocking of the Phenoms.
  2. Personally, I like this board

    MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX

    That board is definetly a good board at a good price. Perhaps it's only cavet is that it's using SB600. If you want to overclock then this board is better for you since it has the SB750

    ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe

    I'm not to crazy about some of those Newegg reviews. They are useful for picking about bad equipment, such as high failure rates. You have to understand though that newbs aren't always good at figuring out advanced BIOS options so they might give a board a bad review just because it doesn't make it easy on them. Also sites like the ASUS home page aren't user friendly so it takes a bit of work to get to the CPU support list. It's best to check out review sites, such as X-Bit labs, that do motherboard roundups and to see their commentary on the BIOS options available.

    Both versions of the MSI K9A2 platinum support 140W CPUS as does the ASUS board. Like I said personally I prefer the MSI board, that's what I would have gotten had I the funds when I upgraded my system, but the ASUS has the 750SB and thus is better suited to overclocking.
  3. You do want the SB750 chip for that CPU and though I'm also a Gigabyte fan you have to go with this:
  4. ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe

    So far I think that is motherbard I will go for.

    If anyone has more options please feel free to post them.
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