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Best Budget AMD CF Mobo *need advice*

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October 24, 2010 11:19:19 PM

Hey guys,
I'm going to be upgrading my CPU/Ram/Mobo in the near future and I'm looking for an AMD Mobo that will be able to run CF eventually.

I plan on getting:
-AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Windows 7 OS

Already have a Sapphire HD 5770 1GB and plan on getting another one a little after my upgrade.

Need some advice on what is going to be my best bang for the buck mobo that will run a single card well for now, and cross-fire even better when I get another 5770.

I really don't want to spend more than $150 on the mobo itself, so the less the better.

I appreciate any advice you guys give me and hope to hear from you soon.

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October 25, 2010 12:02:25 AM

tecmo34 said:
ASRock Extreme4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go with either of these boards. I like the ASRock since it is one of the first boards with a USB 3.0 Header for the front panel of the newer cases. ASUS is probably the better overall quality board IMO.


Thank you. I think I might go with the Extreme4.

I assume the EXTREME4 is brand new? Not many reviews about it.

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October 25, 2010 2:19:11 AM

Since your main objective is CF without any intention on using an IGP, the 890FX series would be your best option. Unfortunately, the cheapest one is from a not-so-famous brand, Biostar for around $130 in my country. But maybe you can find an Asus, Gigabyte, MSI or that ASRock tecmo suggested earlier with lower prices in your place.

As a side note, I've been using Biostar for over a year now with no problem whatsoever. But some people tend to lean more on well known brand, probably for reliability reasons. Can't really blame them, since a company's brand is the image of the company itself. Personally, I think the build quality is not an issue anymore, since all companies won't take the risk of bad brand image due to bad QC and cheap components like MSI did in the past. Even if a motherboard does broke, you can always RMA it.
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