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December 8, 2009 6:29:49 PM

I am going to build a new system with a Phenom II x4 955, 4gb DDR3, 9800GTX, 150gb Raptor and was wondering what the best AM3 Mobo for a fairly cheap price and GOOD quality (if any) would be best to get? I've looked and cant decide so I thought I would see if any one here could help.
Thanks in advance.

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a c 299 V Motherboard
December 8, 2009 7:19:08 PM

Cheap and good...maybe nothing, BUT if oyu want something really good for your 955, get the Crosshair III, or M4AT79-T Deluxe, or MSI 790FX-GD70...
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December 9, 2009 12:12:50 AM

No, no, no.
The Gigabyte UD - ultra durable - is the way to go. And within that series you can select the feature set you are looking for.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Have you already read the last THG review on AM3 boards - it was on the 785G boards. Note the good review for Gigabyte.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-motherboar...

By the way, I am not sure the raptor is the best way to go these days. Test show that the lower priced but top end HD from Seagate, WD, and Setpoint are just as fast - or faster. If you really want speed but are not ready for SSD yet, just RAID two of the Seagates.

I just recently installed the Seagate 7200.12 1GB drive and am extemely pleased with it.



http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...
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December 9, 2009 1:21:30 AM

rockyjohn said:
No, no, no.
The Gigabyte UD - ultra durable - is the way to go. And within that series you can select the feature set you are looking for.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Have you already read the last THG review on AM3 boards - it was on the 785G boards. Note the good review for Gigabyte.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-785g-motherboar...

By the way, I am not sure the raptor is the best way to go these days. Test show that the lower priced but top end HD from Seagate, WD, and Setpoint are just as fast - or faster. If you really want speed but are not ready for SSD yet, just RAID two of the Seagates.

I just recently installed the Seagate 7200.12 1GB drive and am extemely pleased with it.



http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...


Thanks! I mite go with the GA-MA770T-UD3P it's the cheapest. How come the GA-MA770T-UD3P is cheaper than the GA-MA785GMT-UD2H micro board? I though a micro board would be cheaper.
And I already have the Raptor' my brother traded it for a 500gb sata (it was a good deal wasn't it?)
its to bad none of the cheaper boards are sli :(  But oh well I think I'll get by with me 9800GTX for a while.
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a b V Motherboard
December 9, 2009 1:47:01 AM

Since you have a 9800GTX+ I guess it doesn't make sense to suggest a crossfire board. Anyway if you want a good cheap one I would go with.

ASRock M3A770DE $61.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock boards usually have extensive BIOS options and may perhaps give you more control than what's good for you :D . I always check the product page though to make sure it supports CPU voltage adjustments though :D . As previously suggested though the Ultra Durable Gigabyte boards are generally of great quality and their BIOS is much more user friendly.
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December 9, 2009 2:29:17 AM

I think I have finely made up my mind I am going to go with the GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2 (I think). It is cheap and looks like it would be a good mobo! what do you guys think?
I have changed my mind like 50 billion times but I like this one.
Thanks for the help!
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a b V Motherboard
December 9, 2009 3:00:14 AM

"How come the GA-MA770T-UD3P is cheaper than the GA-MA785GMT-UD2H micro board? I though a micro board would be cheaper. "

The 785G is a later and slightly faster mobo than the 770 chipset and the 785G has onboard audio.

"I think I have finely made up my mind I am going to go with the GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2 (I think). ...what do you guys think? "

I would pay the extra $10 to get the GA-MA770T-UD3P. Not only does it have the ultra durable design (which means lower temperatures and stronger capacitors) and is the winner of a newegg Customer Choice award, but it has DDR3 memory rather than DDR2 and the Northbridge chip is the newer 770 compared to the 760. But the UD construction and DDR3 memory are the big things. Oh yes - and it has 4 memory slots - making it easy to get 2 now and maybe add 2 later - whereas the 760 only has 2 memory slots - another biggie.
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December 9, 2009 3:40:21 AM

rockyjohn said:
"How come the GA-MA770T-UD3P is cheaper than the GA-MA785GMT-UD2H micro board? I though a micro board would be cheaper. "

The 785G is a later and slightly faster mobo than the 770 chipset and the 785G has onboard audio.

"I think I have finely made up my mind I am going to go with the GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2 (I think). ...what do you guys think? "

I would pay the extra $10 to get the GA-MA770T-UD3P. Not only does it have the ultra durable design (which means lower temperatures and stronger capacitors) and is the winner of a newegg Customer Choice award, but it has DDR3 memory rather than DDR2 and the Northbridge chip is the newer 770 compared to the 760. But the UD construction and DDR3 memory are the big things. Oh yes - and it has 4 memory slots - making it easy to get 2 now and maybe add 2 later - whereas the 760 only has 2 memory slots - another biggie.

Thanks! That helped alot best answer!
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