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Need a cheap motherboard for gaming build

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February 23, 2010 6:24:37 PM

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:

EVGA 9800GT

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:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

By the way, Im not looking to overclock but I want good performance!
February 24, 2010 4:15:21 AM

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.
February 24, 2010 2:06:41 PM

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 ┬Ás, 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:

http://www.amazon.com/BIOSTAR-Micro-Motherboard-TA785GE...

Is it compatible?
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February 25, 2010 12:17:21 AM

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?
February 25, 2010 4:42:31 AM

i think my ram is 666 mhz? will that work on a 667mhz board?
March 2, 2010 11:04:24 PM

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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