I am novice and this will be my first build. I am looking for suggestions on a good rock solid mobo for gaming. Something with an AMD dual core socket for budget reasons. Probably an AM2+/AM2 socket. Im willing to splurge a little on the mobo, and will work out the rest after I have decided on the mobo. Some thing that is very upgradeable. I fugure I will go with a low buget on CPU, video card, and other hardware and upgrade in the future. I am looking for the most bang for the buck for the mobo. I am willing to spend up to $200 if nenecessary, although I would like to stay around the $100 range. If I can get an awsome board for less than $100 that would be great, but I doubt that will happen. I just want to build a good PCI-E that I can game on and upgrade as needed.
The Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H and the ASUS M3A78-T are both 138.99 on newegg and both are very good. Pros
Support for Phenom II
Support for Phenom
Support for RAID 0,1,5,10
Very good BIOS
Overall very good boards at good price points. Cons
Gigabyte's board's SATA connectors (up to 5) can be blocked by 2nd slot GFX cards.
Gigabyte doesn't have eSATA
ASUS's has more ports.
Gigabyte's has heatpipes.
Both are good and they're at exactly the same price, really hard to choose.
He's asking for AMD mobo's we aren't here to switch him to intel, we can tell him the advantages of intel but you should at least still offer a suggestion for a mobo. From a budget standpoint AMD's better, the C2D/Q line stops there, no future upgrades to i7, if you already have a Quad that's pretty much the end of the line. From AMD you can upgrade to the Phenom II. While the Intel CPU's are also very good AMD's certainly a good choice if you're budget limited.