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I am new to building computers. With these parts which mobo is best

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October 21, 2008 1:11:31 AM

All right. I think I have found some pretty good parts as far as everything else goes, but i am having touble finding a motherboard that is right for me.

CPU

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6400IAA6CZ - OEM

GPU

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

PSU

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

RAM

OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N10662GK - Retail

As for things that I want on my motherboard I need it to have at least 1 PCI express 2.0 x16 slot for my gpu. Also, it should have 4 slots for my ram. (open for new ram suggestions 4gb please). I am new to building computers so please help me choose one that is stable and will last. I do not play to over clock. I am going AMD if you didn't see. I would prefer something around 80-90 dollars.
October 21, 2008 1:16:55 AM

The Athlon is a slow CPU. I can really only recommend the Phenom 9950 right now, and even that is problematic as the current motherboards will probably not be compatible with the new CPUs coming from AMD in Dec.

For about 50$ more you could build a faster Intel rig.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-what-parts-...
October 21, 2008 1:26:27 AM

I am on a night budget as it is, I cannot spare $50. Its 3.2Ghz dual core. Why isn't that fast. It must be better than my 2.0ghz core 2 dou that I'm on now.
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October 21, 2008 1:56:16 AM

Have a look at various benchmarks here, look at the actual numbers.

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=775&p=2

Here's a comparison of a few CPUs with the 6400+

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2008-q1-2...[1308]=on&prod[1266]=on&prod[1253]=on&prod[1256]=on

I see that tomorrow the E7300 should be the same price as the Athlon. Roughly the same performance or slightly better, but with a far better upgrade path and excellent overclocking.

Pair that with a P43 board and you could do both for under $200.00.

You would also not need the Reapers. get some Mushkin DDR2 800Mhz for around 50 bucks after rebate. See my link above for parts.
October 21, 2008 2:36:40 AM

A good motherboard choice would be the Biostar TA 790GX with the 750SB at $100. It has PCIeX16 2.0 socket and can crossfire 8x/8x if you want to go that way in the future. Check out it's combo deals also -$15 off on your choice of RAM. You can save an additional $12 and not have to screw with a rebate by getting this Antec Earthwatts 650w power supply for $65, free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
review of that power supply

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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