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

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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  1. 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=N82E16813131603

    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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Best answer
    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.
  5. 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 :)
  6. Best answer selected by TheRabidDeer.
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