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A amd board for mild overclocking on a budget *updated again*

I'm using a Athlon ll that I plan on overclocking some.

My currant can't and I don't like the fact that on my currant board the pcie x1 is under my 16. ( see, a duel slotted Gpu will cover it )
I need:


-Some overclocking
- a pci-e x1 above the x16
-ddr2 800
-at least 4 sata ports
-under 100$
- at least two usb headers
- the rest doesn't matter much!

I'm having trouble finding all of that but I know it's out there somewhere.
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  1. I have a Asus M4A77TD and have overclocked very well for 84 bucks on newegg.com
  2. ^ It need to be ddr2.
  3. Missed the DDR2 need :)

    This should work than... ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
  4. Update:

    ddr3 is now okay. I'll have the money to get ddr3 ram.


    But now the budget is about 70$
  5. Hopefully third time is a charm... MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
  6. Yeah, the jump up is better. I love my M4A77TD board, nice and cheap with my AMD 740 BE CPU oc'd to 3.8ghz. Is the form factor ATX? is your case a mid or full? Do you want on board video? Need to know.
  7. Here's what I found with no integrated video chipset: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135250

    With on-board video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138163
    Assuming your running win 7 the cheapest 4 gb set of ram @ 1333 is 67.99, and it's not a company I have ever used. Take a look at Newegg.com, Amd usually likes 1333 sticks, if your new board supports 1600 I would try it but 1600 is even more expensive. There ar some boards that support both DDR2 and DDR3, you just have to search around.
    Good Luck and give me a shout if you have anymore questions.
  8. ahumphers91 said:
    Yeah, the jump up is better. I love my M4A77TD board, nice and cheap with my AMD 740 BE CPU oc'd to 3.8ghz. Is the form factor ATX? is your case a mid or full? Do you want on board video? Need to know.



    The form factor doesn't matter. I would like onboard video but just as a back up if my videocard fails.

    I plan on getting this for ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134810

    I only want to slightly over clock but at the same time I want a board that is from a good brand and will last.
  9. Cross fire doesn't matter either though my pci-e x1 slot has to be above my pci-e x16
    slot so it won't be covered by my videocard.
  10. I would look for at least a CAS Latency of 8 or less if you can. CAS 9 is slower then 8-7 etc. Also, if your going to overclock the ram, I would advise heat spreaders on your ram, but if not not a huge deal. Here's some way better RAM here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180
    You will be paying One Dollar and One cent more for WAYYYYY BETTER RAM. G-skill! This Ram is 81.99 free shipping.
  11. Also, is your socket AM3 or AM2+??
  12. here's a decent price for an Asus board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619 p.s. it supports only up to 95 watt cpu's.
  13. ahumphers91 said:
    here's a decent price for an Asus board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619 p.s. it supports only up to 95 watt cpu's.



    I was really thinking about that board.

    As for the ram though. I like Kingston. I'm using the ddr2 version of it now and it's never failed me. :p
  14. Cool, your choice. I have used G-skill in my overclocked rig for 2 years and it's been great. The only thing to think about is some heat spreaders on your ram if your going to overclock. But I totally understand going with ram that you have faith in. I'm the same way about my hard drives, Western Digital and nothing else. Does Kingston have the same model in a latency of 8? The lower the number the better.
  15. ahumphers91 said:
    Cool, your choice. I have used G-skill in my overclocked rig for 2 years and it's been great. The only thing to think about is some heat spreaders on your ram if your going to overclock. But I totally understand going with ram that you have faith in. I'm the same way about my hard drives, Western Digital and nothing else. Does Kingston have the same model in a latency of 8? The lower the number the better.



    Kingston tends to be higher though, I'm could go with G-skill if it's cheaper. :p


    What other brands are good? What should I avoid?
  16. I like G-skill and Mushkin, Mushkin is made in the USA. Thats the next set i'm getting. But the ram I showed you in the prior link would be a great addition to your build. It's the same voltage as the kingston you are looking at with lower latencies, 8.
  17. ahumphers91 said:
    here's a decent price for an Asus board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619 p.s. it supports only up to 95 watt cpu's.


    +1 to that Asus board

    I'm running one in a budget gaming build with a ATI 4850 and a Athlon II X3 440 with an unclocked 4th core running at 3.3 GHz with no problems.
  18. tecmo34 said:


    I agree I just built my system using the ASUA M4A87TD EVO which I bought at Newegg as an open box item,..... I couldn't be happier with my purchase or my system.
  19. MechaNintendoMaster said:
    The form factor doesn't matter. I would like onboard video but just as a back up if my videocard fails.

    I plan on getting this for ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134810

    I only want to slightly over clock but at the same time I want a board that is from a good brand and will last.



    For 10 bucks more you can get the 4gb of GSKILL Ripjaws ddr3 pc1600 ram, pretty much compatible with any mobo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    I bought the same RAM but 2x4gb for 159.99

    or go with th PC1066 for 71.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231307
  20. Well, is your budget still the same for ram?? I think the ram link I provided would be a good match, or you can go to ASUS web-site, type in the board name and look up all compatible ram. Here's the link again that I provided earlier: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=
    I would say that you cant beat this ram, 2 x 2GB (4gb) of dual channel ram @ 8-8-8-21 latency should work great!
  21. ahumphers91 said:
    Well, is your budget still the same for ram?? I think the ram link I provided would be a good match, or you can go to ASUS web-site, type in the board name and look up all compatible ram. Here's the link again that I provided earlier: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=
    I would say that you cant beat this ram, 2 x 2GB (4gb) of dual channel ram @ 8-8-8-21 latency should work great!


    That was a little higher. But my video card's prices could drop soon so I might could add the extra dollars.

    I think I might go with that! Thanks!
  22. If something suddenly comes on a sale what should I avoid?
  23. as far as what? a board or ram? Asus, MSI and Gigabyte are good to go with. Ram I would say G-Skill, Mushkin are great. anything else would be on you to decide. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes your like.... damn, shouldn't have gotten that.
  24. ahumphers91 said:
    as far as what? a board or ram? Asus, MSI and Gigabyte are good to go with. Ram I would say G-Skill, Mushkin are great. anything else would be on you to decide. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes your like.... damn, shouldn't have gotten that.


    I'm pretty set on the board. I meant ram wise. I say this because a lot of OCZ ram got bad reviews.
  25. Best answer
    Yeah, don't go OCZ. It use to be really good, but they have went down the tubes. Here, check out these mushkins, Made in the USA!! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226101
    Free shipping!
    Also these two sets @ 7 latency: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226131
  26. Best answer selected by MechaNintendoMaster.
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