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Motherboard for Phenom II X4 970....

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February 3, 2011 5:24:26 AM

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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a b V Motherboard
February 3, 2011 5:25:57 PM

MB => ASRock 870 Extreme3 (USB 3.0, SATA 6.0, 16x or 8x/8x) $90

MEM => G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) $50

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
February 3, 2011 11:58:36 PM


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 - - which seems to have a good future ahead of it. (full specs here: ) ---- 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.
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a b V Motherboard
February 4, 2011 11:25:05 AM

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.
February 5, 2011 5:15:13 PM

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!