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September 20, 2010 7:17:53 PM

Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone could give me an advice on which motherboard to use for my low-end budget gaming rig I'm putting together. I'm setting this up for my little brother and he doesn't play any heavy games like Crysis, but will be using the PC for an average of 14 hours a day playing online games.

Here are the other specs (Country of Origin: Philippines)

PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon II X2 250 (3.0Ghz)

MEMORY: Kingston DDR3 2GB Memory (LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

GPU: Powercolor HD4650 1GB DDR3

HDD: 320 Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm

CASE: Generic with 500W PSU (go to 6-series cases) (LINK: http://rise.tipidtoner.com/index.php?mprod=11&pcat=28 )

Now I'm torn between the following motherboards;

1. Asrock - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. ECS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The factors im considering are:
Which is a better brand (reliability, durability, stability)
Futureproof (support for future upgrade)
Are the parts compatible?
I might try to OC upto 3.3Ghz...

Thanks everyone for their inputs.

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a c 295 V Motherboard
September 20, 2010 7:46:14 PM

Hi keyon and welcome to Tom's hardware forum.

If u don't have more options I'd go with the ASRock in the ECS specifications don't say anything about the warranty.
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a c 135 V Motherboard
September 21, 2010 1:47:14 PM

Both are OK,i would go with ASROCK one because of having a newer chipset.
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a c 295 V Motherboard
September 21, 2010 1:57:18 PM

I agree with Maziar here, the ASRock has a new chipset that is better.

Like I personal advice, I'd go with a mobo with chipset AMD since the last nVidia chipset has more that 2 years.
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a c 156 V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 11:44:44 AM

saint19 said:
I agree with Maziar here, the ASRock has a new chipset that is better.

Besides, ECS boards generally have a locked BIOS and, thus, are almost impossible to overclock.
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a c 295 V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 8:41:40 PM

I'd go with the MSI has better quality that ECS and I had some of those and OC very well.
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a c 135 V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 10:41:04 PM

Yes,definitely go with the MSI one,it has a much better chipset.
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September 24, 2010 4:10:51 AM

Case closed, MSI it is! Thanks All!
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September 24, 2010 6:53:40 AM

Oopss..I think I overlooked something, the MSI 785 GTM board DOES NOT support DDR3 memory but the ECS A785GM-M one does..

So another question...would the MSI + DDR2 Memory still be better than ECS + DDR3?
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a c 135 V Motherboard
September 24, 2010 11:42:21 AM

oops i first thought you were comparing the MSI one with the ECS model which you liked first(which has older chipset)
Anyway,performance wise the difference between DDR2 and DDR3 isn't much,however you can find DDR3 RAMs quite cheap now,so if you haven't bought it yet then go with ECS/DDR3 or consider another board that supports DDR3.
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September 24, 2010 6:41:27 PM

Unfortunately none of those boards are available from my PC supplier where I will be getting the parts :( 

Here are the list of the only AM3 boards they have (within my price range).

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

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

MSI:

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

So far only ECS #2, and MSI #1 and #3 supports DDR3.

...if I want to be a little more futureproof then would my best choice be ECS A785GM Black Edition?

I really appreciate the quick responses...thanks all.

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a c 295 V Motherboard
September 24, 2010 8:24:43 PM

I'd go with the MSI 770-G45.
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a c 135 V Motherboard
September 25, 2010 3:31:07 PM

+1^
Go with MSI 770-G45 unless you need a mATX motherboard.
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September 25, 2010 5:52:07 PM

Even if it has an older chipset?
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a c 135 V Motherboard
September 25, 2010 6:04:21 PM

Yes because the difference between 785 and 770 isn't much.
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September 25, 2010 8:08:50 PM

so is the difference between DDR3 and DDR2 memory...is DDR2 going away anytime soon? Lol...

If that's the case then I'll stick with MSI 785GTM-E45 and just use DDR2 memory...also newegg.com states it's scalable to DDR3? Any idea on what is that?
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a c 135 V Motherboard
September 25, 2010 9:44:10 PM

The difference between DDR2 and DDR3 isn't much but like i said you can find DDR3 RAMs quite cheap nowadays.
And 785GTM-E45 supports only DDR2 modules.
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