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Good AM3 mATX board?

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January 4, 2011 10:29:20 AM

Hey all. I'm building an AMD-based HTPC and looking at my options. I'm probably going to get an Athlon II x4 640 for now, but I want to get a motherboard that'll take me into the next couple of years. I'm digging USB3 and SATA 6gb/s and I'm going to be using onboard graphics. I might do a smidgen of overclocking, but nothing too crazy.

Right now, I'm looking at:

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...

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...


Can anyone make a good recommendation? I've heard MSI boards tend to fail. Is this true? Any brands you're loyal to? What else should I be considering?

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January 5, 2011 1:57:43 PM

That's the one that stuck in my mind. Good to know about ASUS. Thanks malmental! Any advice on ddr3 memory??
January 5, 2011 1:57:51 PM

Best answer selected by seedubs.
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January 5, 2011 2:25:03 PM

From the mobo's QVL, it looks like the most compatible brands are kingston, g.skill and OCZ. Do you prefer one brand over the others?
January 5, 2011 3:28:00 PM

I've heard that it's hard to get anything below CL9 to work with AMD boards. Should I just get some CL9 ddr3 1600? Or is it really worth it to tweak it in Bios?
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