Motherboard for Phenom II X4 970....

Hello again,

time to actually upgrade here as my 4 year old system is getting ugh.

Anyway, I want to go with the Phenom II X4 970 BE processor (would wait for 975, but not in sight yet).

My question is, I need some help with the motherboard. I haven't looked too much into current AM3 architecture to know what's great and what isn't.

The system is for gaming, but I highly doubt I'll ever use SLI or CrossFire. Single card use is fine for me.

I'll be wanting to use fairly decent ram since I will be gaming, but so long as it's stable and decent is really all that matters.

Overclocking? Maybe - but not necessarily.

extras like USB ports, 1394, etc.. as long as I've got at least 4 USB ports, then I'm good.. the more the merrier I suppose...

I'm mostly building a new system to play Bad Company 2 decently and anything else similar that will be out in the next year or so. Guild Wars 2 comes to mind. :)

Anyway, any help on idea for a motherboard would be great. AS WELL AS which northbridge is decent right now as well?

I'd like to stay between $90 - $150 range if possible.

Thanks much!!
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  1. MB => ASRock 870 Extreme3 (USB 3.0, SATA 6.0, 16x or 8x/8x) $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=asrock+870+extreme3

    MEM => G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=gskill_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-277-_-Product

    CPU => No need for the x4 970 BE... The x4 955 ($149) will OC just the same and save you some money. They are both C3 revisions which means they are the same except the 970 got a bump in speed from the factory. At a minimum, buy the 955 and bump the multiplier to reach the 970 stock speed. Pick up a CPU cooler with the money saved...

    CPU Cooler => CM Hyper 212+ $37
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product
  2. Thanks.

    I'm pretty set on the 970. I would actually be going 975 if it were available. Not quite ready to overclock just yet. Though I do already own a CM Hyper 212+ that I'm not using ;)

    On that motherboard, I see it has good reviews, but not familiar with that brand at all? Are they becoming well known?

    Also I found this gem - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130565 - which seems to have a good future ahead of it. (full specs here: http://www.msi.com/product/mb/890FXA-GD65.html ) ---- I think in terms of future here maybe. I also like the 8-channel audio vs. 6 and the fact that it's ready for HD audio as well.


    Or is the ASRock comparable enough? I see it has a lot of reviews, but hard to get a really good feel for it.
  3. ASRock is owned, partially owned, or controlled by ASUS. ?? It has recieved very good praises for overclocking and general use. That MSI board is fine, but I have had a few bad experiences with overclocking on a few MSI boards. Just not very friendly (they were 700 series chipsets not 800)... Either board will be fine for what you are after.
  4. Repulic of gamers Extream IV
    has everything you will ever need even push one button overclocking
    I wish I could get one myself if I had £156 to spare!
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