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Motherboard for a AMD Phenom II X6 1055T build?

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August 9, 2010 8:58:07 PM

Hello,

I'm looking to build my first pc and I'd be very grateful if someone with the knowledge and experience would take a look at this for me and dish out some pointers.

So far my builds looking like it will include:
ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3 880G Socket AM3 HDMI DVI VGA Out 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz 9MB Cache Socket AM3 Retail Box Processor
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V
Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Dual-Band PCI Adapter
Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black
Antec 900 Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan - No PSU
Corsair 650W TX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 80+% Efficiency, Single +12V Rail
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

I think I'm set on all of the components apart from the Motherboard, mostly because I'm not entirely sure what makes or breaks a motherboard. I chose this motherboard seemed to be a reasonable spec and it had a decent intergrate GPU, saving money in the short term.
The emphasis on my build is *intended* to be a meeting of upgradeable and reasonable price/performance. I really want it to last.

As a side note I've heard that it would be necessary to update the BIOS, and to do this do I need another CPU? Would a little dirt cheap AMD Sempron 3400+ do the job? Or is there going to be an issue getting a CPU that old in to a AM3 motherboard?

Many thanks.


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August 9, 2010 9:56:01 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 2:06:01 AM

If u hitting a 700 series then 100% u have to update BIOS: 800 series mobos like the one u picked out are fine I would say it's a good choice but have a look at

Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H
MSI 880GMA-E45


Hmm perhaps a 450-500W 80+ would suffice and if u hurry the Hades is $49 as part of shell shocker deal!!
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S...
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 7:04:58 AM

There are some consideration when choosing a mobo :
1. Are you planning to OC?
2. You wanna XFire?
3. Any special wishes? Firewire? RAID? eSATA? Max SATA port? Onboard graphic? Particular brand preferences? Anything else?
4. Most important, budget?


August 10, 2010 7:15:45 AM

Msi mother boards last longer about the same price
a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 8:12:39 AM

ALmost forgotten to say...I don't how long the MSI special offer from newegg (the one batuchka has posted) will last...so...better hurry up!
August 10, 2010 9:35:48 AM

guanyu210379 said:
There are some consideration when choosing a mobo :
1. Are you planning to OC?
2. You wanna XFire?
3. Any special wishes? Firewire? RAID? eSATA? Max SATA port? Onboard graphic? Particular brand preferences? Anything else?
4. Most important, budget?


1. Yes, I figure this is probably the cheapest way to increase performance(yes?)
2. Yes or at least I'd like to leave the option open for the future.
3. Firewire,RAID and an Onboard graphic would all be nice. No brand preference, I think thats it.
4. Budget for the motherboard is about $175, if I go through with the other components. Its about $950 for the entire build.

Sorry to pester you but if you were choosing a motherboard for this price range with a focus on upgrades, what would you want from it? Or is the budget too low, I'd rather spend more time saving and get it right than waste my money.

Thanks again

August 10, 2010 9:37:42 AM

Doom3klr said:
Msi mother boards last longer about the same price


Is that a commonly known fact? Or from your personal experience?
Out of interest how long would Asus and Msi boards last?

Thanks again.
August 10, 2010 9:43:36 AM

batuchka said:
If u hitting a 700 series then 100% u have to update BIOS: 800 series mobos like the one u picked out are fine I would say it's a good choice but have a look at

Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H
MSI 880GMA-E45


Hmm perhaps a 450-500W 80+ would suffice and if u hurry the Hades is $49 as part of shell shocker deal!!
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S...


Would you say either of these are better than the one I picked out? I couldn't see much of a difference sorry.

So do you think a 650W PSU is overkill? What about with an eye to the future, do you think in the next upgrade in maybe 5-10 years a 500W would still be okay? Or would a PSU be dead by then anyway?

Thanks again.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 9:46:40 AM

alexchadwick said:
Would you say either of these are better than the one I picked out? I couldn't see much of a difference sorry.

So do you think a 650W PSU is overkill? What about with an eye to the future, do you think in the next upgrade in maybe 5-10 years a 500W would still be okay? Or would a PSU be dead by then anyway?

Thanks again.


THe PSU is an overkill if you are not going to XFire. But if you plan for 2 HD5970...it may even too tight...
So...plan well1
August 10, 2010 3:30:40 PM

Asus Crosshair IV FTW :-)
a b B Homebuilt system
August 11, 2010 10:49:49 AM

xaero1ne said:
Asus Crosshair IV FTW :-)

Quote:
I chose this motherboard seemed to be a reasonable spec and it had a decent intergrate GPU, saving money in the short term.


Negative on that CHIV :ouch: 
August 14, 2010 12:44:46 PM

Thank you very much to everyone who replied! Your help was much appreciated! After reading your comments I've decided to stick with the ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3 880G,but I'm much more confident about it now.

Thanks again
!