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August 24, 2009 6:18:06 PM

I'm building my own computer and I would like to find a good motherboard ranging from $70-$90.
I was going to get the ASrock mentioned in the May 09 gaming pc but it got bad reviews at newegg.
So started to look for a different motherboard but honestly, I don't know where to start.
So help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
a b V Motherboard
August 24, 2009 6:32:11 PM

Well you need to be a bit more specific as in what do you plan to build. Are you looking for a Micro-ATX motherboard like they used in the article?
August 24, 2009 6:57:10 PM

Hmm...
I don't really know much about motherboards, but after reading little bit about motherboards I think I want a micro-atx, but I don't really know, an ATX might be better but its seems to have more requirements than the micro's.
I'm open to suggestions.

I do have one question about Micro-ATX's and ATX's.
Do certain motherboards in both categorizes contain integrated sound/network? Or do only micros or atx's have it?

I also might add that I have a 450 W power supply and a EVGA 8800 GT that I plan on using for the computer I build.
If that makes deference.
I intend for this computer to be for gaming.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
August 24, 2009 7:32:54 PM

Start by selecting a case. Some will take micro-atx motherboards only. If you have the space, get a mid tower like the antec 300 (about $50 shipped at frys.com last time I checked). Then decide if you want an Intel or Amd processor, ddr2 or ddr3 (more expensive), etc. Then list a budget to work with.
a b V Motherboard
August 24, 2009 10:50:11 PM

Unless you really want that little shoe-box case than i would go for standard atx in mid tower - less cramped, better aiflow-> everything runs cooler -> potentially less problems.

As for integrated sound/network I guess all boards have `em these days.

Say which platform(Intel or AMD) and budget and we will be able to help you more.
August 24, 2009 11:32:24 PM

MaDMagik said:
Unless you really want that little shoe-box case than i would go for standard atx in mid tower - less cramped, better aiflow-> everything runs cooler -> potentially less problems.

As for integrated sound/network I guess all boards have `em these days.

Say which platform(Intel or AMD) and budget and we will be able to help you more.


My budget is $600 minimum, $700 at most on everything, for a motherboard I would say around $100 is as much as I want to spend.
Since I already have a graphics card and power supply that should save me around $250.
As for the case I think I will get the Antec 300 or the AeroCool Vx-R, both are cheaper then what I planed on and has a lot more room.
Whichever platform is better, it doesn't really matter to me.
I think I'll be getting an AMD CPU if that makes a difference.

After further research on Motherboards, I have some questions.

1.I've noticed that a lot of ATX boards have onboard video chipsets. So I want to know if I could run any graphics card on the board even though it has a chipset? For instance, could I run my GeForce 8800GT on a mother board with a video chipset of ATI Radeon HD 3300 built-in 128MB DDR3 1333 SidePort Memory?

2. If I have a DDR3 Graphics Card, do I have to have a DDR3 motherboard? Or will DDR3 hardware run on DDR2 hardware? Or what if I have a DDR3 MOBO but I have DDR2 RAM, with the ram work in the MOBO?
August 27, 2009 5:59:31 PM

Is bumping topics allowed?
a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 6:59:19 PM

It sure is :) 

Good decision on the case, the gear you put inside will be thankful

1. Yes, motherboards that have integrated gfx cards can run dedicated GFX cards, but $100 can buy you a solid motherboard without that integrated card(which you dont need).

2. What memory is used on the GFX card is irrelevant to the motherboard. When it comes to RAM ddr2 and ddr3 are incompatible. Some boards offer support for both standards but I personally stay away from those.

$700 will give you a very good machine if you spend it wisely(I assume you have a monitor?).
a c 435 V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 7:16:13 PM

I recommend the gigabyte MA785GM-US2H newegg combo deal with the amd rigor 250 retail boxed cpu $128.99. That's a $30 discount. There are other combos available, but this one will give you plenty of power for gaming and general use. It works with ddr2.
August 27, 2009 7:24:42 PM

MaDMagik said:
It sure is :) 

Good decision on the case, the gear you put inside will be thankful

1. Yes, motherboards that have integrated gfx cards can run dedicated GFX cards, but $100 can buy you a solid motherboard without that integrated card(which you dont need).

2. What memory is used on the GFX card is irrelevant to the motherboard. When it comes to RAM ddr2 and ddr3 are incompatible. Some boards offer support for both standards but I personally stay away from those.

$700 will give you a very good machine if you spend it wisely(I assume you have a monitor?).


I do already have a monitor, but I was going to pick up a new one depending on how much money I have left.(whats kinda why I'm looking for a mobo in the range of around 100 bucks)

So what would be a good mobo the would be able to support a EVGA GeForce 8800GT(and higher) GPU, an AMD Phenom II X3 720 CPU, some DDR2 G.SKILL HK 4GB RAM, and have HD capability's for around $100? Doesn't matter if its ATX or Micro, I'll get ether or.

I do have anther question. Should I go for DDR3 RAM or just stick with DDR2?

a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 7:56:18 PM

•CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•MOBO:ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR16004GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retai

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•DVD: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case antec 300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

os http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$622 you got a grapics card and drive if you already got an os the price drops too $512
a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 11:11:03 PM

Since AMD was chosen my part here is over. Good luck!
August 28, 2009 12:08:54 AM

Thanks for the help MadMagik.
a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2009 2:04:01 AM

obsidian86 said:
•CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•MOBO:ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR16004GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retai

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•DVD: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case antec 300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

os http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$622 you got a grapics card and drive if you already got an os the price drops too $512

+1 Agreed.

One note about the RAM: That OCZ DDR3 needs 1.9v so if you plan to swap for an i7/i5 down the road you WILL NOT be able to use that RAM.


Get this RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At any rate, I don't see why you need 1.9v for DDR3 when you can get the same DDR3 1600 @1.6v.

a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2009 1:15:18 PM

if you can add $50 you can get the 945
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