Need a cheap motherboard for gaming build

Hey everyone. Ive been working on a cheap gaming build for a while and I need a motherboard. Im looking for the cheapest possible option for what I have.

My specs:


Phenom II X4 955

3GB RAM Can I use the ram I already have?

500W power supply

Im really looking to go under $100 here.

Last night I was linked to this:

By the way, Im not looking to overclock but I want good performance!
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  1. You may be able to use the ram, what type is it? Optimally your Phenom II will use DDR3, but there are also boards that support DDR2. Either way some perfectly good boards can be found around the $70-80 mark.
  2. I used pcwizard and had this uner ram:

    Manufacturer : Samsung
    Part Number : M3 78T6553EZS-CE6
    Serial Number : 812FE6A9
    Type : DDR2-SDRAM PC2-5300 (333 MHz) - [DDR2-666]
    Format : Regular UDIMM (133.35 x 3)
    Size : 512 MB (1 ranks, 4 banks)
    Module Buffered : No
    Module Registered : No
    Module SLi Ready (EPP) : No
    Width : 64-bit
    Error Correction Capability ... No
    Max. Burst Length : 8
    Refresh : Reduced (.5x)7.8 µs, Self Refresh
    Voltage : SSTL 1.8v
    Prefetch Buffer : 4-bit
    Manufacture : Week 46 of 2007
    Supported Frequencies : 200 MHz, 266 MHz, 333 MHz
    CAS Latency (tCL) : 3 clocks @200 MHz, 4 clocks @266 MHz, 5 clocks @333 MHz
    RAS to CAS (tRCD) : 3 clocks @200 MHz, 4 clocks @266 MHz, 5 clocks @333 MHz
    RAS Precharge (tRP) : 3 clocks @200 MHz, 4 clocks @266 MHz, 5 clocks @333 MHz
    Cycle Time (tRAS) : 9 clocks @200 MHz, 12 clocks @266 MHz, 15 clocks @333 MHz
    Min TRC : 12 clocks @200 MHz, 16 clocks @266 MHz, 20 clocks @333 MHz

    I want this motherboard:

    Is it compatible?
  3. Yes, that memory should work. It's towards the low end of DDR2 speeds though, so you might be reducing your performance a bit by using it. I'm not particularly familiar with biostar boards. I tend to prefer gigabyte, asus, or MSI, though I also have had some solid boards from ASRock.
    Gigabyte model:
    Or if you want to save some the ASRock:
  4. cool thanks for the links. My ram isnt listed under supported MHz for any of those boards you linked me to though. Are you sure its safe?
  5. i think my ram is 666 mhz? will that work on a 667mhz board?
  6. Yes, there isn't any difference, some manufactures put 666, some put 667. I can only assume it has something to do with certain negative connotations of the first number.
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