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March 15, 2010 8:48:02 PM

I am trying to decide which motherboard would be the best to run a AM3 AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana, paired with an ATI 5770 video card. i am hoping to unlock the 4th core and overclock the cpu. thanks

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a c 435 V Motherboard
March 15, 2010 10:46:48 PM

DDr2 or DDr3 ram?
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March 16, 2010 4:49:06 AM

dronc001 said:
I am trying to decide which motherboard would be the best to run a AM3 AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana, paired with an ATI 5770 video card. i am hoping to unlock the 4th core and overclock the cpu. thanks


I just bought an Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, maybe take a look at that (I'm still waiting for it to arrive). It has usb3 and a bunch of the newer features. Good Luck
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a c 296 V Motherboard
March 16, 2010 4:51:32 AM

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

1- What budget do you have for the mobo?
2- Do you want install one GPU or two GPU (Crossfire)?
3- What RAM speed do you have?
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March 16, 2010 1:16:49 PM

thanks for the advice. Moderate budget around 125 for the mobo, I am only running one video card and I am gonna install ddr2 but will upgrade when ddr3 becomes cheaper. thanks again
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a b V Motherboard
March 16, 2010 1:21:35 PM

Wel DDR2 is actully more expensive then DDR3 is. If you want to go DDR3 later you will have to get new motherboard.

This is a great board and will unlock your 4th core also uses DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you already have DDR2 ram avaliable use it but if you have to buy new ram go DDR3
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a c 296 V Motherboard
March 16, 2010 1:44:08 PM

Well, with your GPU and CPU isn't a good option that you install this in a AM2+ mobo with DDR2.

You can get a new mobo and DDR3:

RAM: G.Skill 4GB 1333 CL7 $104.99 with free shipping.
MOBO: M4A77TD $74.99 after rebate and free shipping.

Total: $ 179.98 after rebates and both with free shipping.

Is a good upgrade option for you.
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