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Getting a new CPU + mobo, which mobo to get?

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March 14, 2010 8:44:42 PM

What I plan to have:
550W Antec PSU
4GB G.Skill DDR2 800 memory
EVGA 8800 Ultra
Phenom II X4 965BE (in the process of getting this, I already have had the rest)

The main thing I am not sure about, is what motherboard to get? I dont need many features and I dont plan on using crossfire/SLI. Having the ability to OC a little would be nice and having good onboard sound would be good. Aside from that, I dont really need any more features, so a cheap board recommendation would be fantastic. Thanks!

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March 14, 2010 9:37:14 PM

therabiddeer said:
What I plan to have:
550W Antec PSU
4GB G.Skill DDR2 800 memory
EVGA 8800 Ultra
Phenom II X4 965BE (in the process of getting this, I already have had the rest)

The main thing I am not sure about, is what motherboard to get? I dont need many features and I dont plan on using crossfire/SLI. Having the ability to OC a little would be nice and having good onboard sound would be good. Aside from that, I dont really need any more features, so a cheap board recommendation would be fantastic. Thanks!


Been looking for a bit and found this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seems to be reasonable, within my price range and all the features I am interested in. Is this a good buy or does anybody have a better option?
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March 15, 2010 12:25:02 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

What is your budget for the mobo?

The GPU is good, but isn't good for a new rig, also the RAM, is DDR2.

What is your total budget for he rig?
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March 15, 2010 12:46:11 AM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

What is your budget for the mobo?

The GPU is good, but isn't good for a new rig, also the RAM, is DDR2.

What is your total budget for he rig?

I already own all of the hardware outside of the CPU and mobo from my previous rig. The mobo/CPU died on that one, so I am looking to upgrade. For both the CPU and the mobo I have about $300 to spend, ideally less. I dont want to get a bad CPU though as I do play WoW (and multitask a LOT), which is quite heavy on the CPU. So basically all I really am interested in is a good, stable mobo that isnt very expensive that will be solid for the AM3 processor I plan to get.
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March 15, 2010 12:57:21 AM

Ok. If your upgrade your mobo to an AM3 socket, you need upgrade your RAM for DDR3. If you can, re-sell your DDR2 RAM and get this three components:

CPU $ 159.99 Phenom II X4 955
MOBO $ 84.99 ASUS M4A77TD
RAM $ 114.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600 DDR3

Total: $ 359,97 before rebates and shipping.

With your current PSU is enough, and the 955 have a very similar performance that the 965.
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March 15, 2010 1:14:39 AM

saint19 said:
Ok. If your upgrade your mobo to an AM3 socket, you need upgrade your RAM for DDR3. If you can, re-sell your DDR2 RAM and get this three components:

CPU $ 159.99 Phenom II X4 955
MOBO $ 84.99 ASUS M4A77TD
RAM $ 114.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600 DDR3

Total: $ 359,97 before rebates and shipping.

With your current PSU is enough, and the 955 have a very similar performance that the 965.

Sounds like a pretty solid plan to me, thanks a bunch :) 
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March 15, 2010 1:14:57 AM

Best answer selected by TheRabidDeer.
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a c 295 V Motherboard
March 15, 2010 1:21:26 AM

Any time, that's why we are here.
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