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July 27, 2010 1:53:43 AM

Looking for a new MB and wondering what the best budget board under $100 is. No need for onboard graphics. I will be using a 5770 for a video card. Not sure on the CPU yet. Probably an Athlon2 of some sort. I have this RAM left over from another build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... so it has to be DDR3.

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-Joe

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a b V Motherboard
July 27, 2010 2:24:14 AM

Well, this is a fairly broad selection... I'll give you everything I've found...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Take your pick. :)  None of those are CFX capable, although the MSI says it is. All three of them are great boards, so it's really up to personal preference I'd say. They're all equally capable of getting the job done. Tell me if you're interested in any of them and I can give you a little more detail. :) 
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July 27, 2010 2:52:44 AM

someguynamedmatt said:
Well, this is a fairly broad selection... I'll give you everything I've found...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Take your pick. :)  None of those are CFX capable, although the MSI says it is. All three of them are great boards, so it's really up to personal preference I'd say. They're all equally capable of getting the job done. Tell me if you're interested in any of them and I can give you a little more detail. :) 


I like the look of the two ASUS boards. This is a budget build with spare parts and pieces. This will be my secondary PC in the living room for web surfing, light gaming, and when I upgrade my 13 year old TV my HT PC. Don't think I will need CFX support, and by the time I do my main rig will probably need replacing and that can move to the living room and the living room PC can move to the garage.

-Joe
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a b V Motherboard
July 27, 2010 3:23:21 AM

The MSI 770 has a $10 cheaper yet updated model here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But this to me is the killer mobo for under $100, dual X8 Crossifre support, USB3, SATA6 and UCC:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 27, 2010 3:55:58 PM

to make you feel better, ASRock is a subsidiary of ASUS, hence the name and font.
Their products are pretty nice besides, their slogan matches you avatar lol.
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July 27, 2010 4:41:30 PM

The ASRock board have UCC, which is an in-house solution that makes core unlocking pretty easy and apparently more stable also.

But just know that unlocking isn't guaranteed 100%, so make sure you can live with a tri-core.
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July 27, 2010 5:01:59 PM

Timop said:
The ASRock board have UCC, which is an in-house solution that makes core unlocking pretty easy and apparently more stable also.

But just know that unlocking isn't guaranteed 100%, so make sure you can live with a tri-core.


I saw that on the board specs, figured it was something like that. Will have to investigate when it arrives. I'm ok with a triple core if it doesn't unlock. I decided to try the ASRock board and the Athlon II I picked out above. Thanks guys. Will report when I get it all put together.

-Joe
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July 27, 2010 5:03:18 PM

Best answer selected by 69Rocket-Joe.
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