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How Is The Motherboard and CPU for this Build?

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September 10, 2010 11:16:41 AM

Budget is $580, but I can burst up to $700. (Cannot use Amazon/NewEgg discounts.) I have already picked my graphics card, CPU, HD, monitor, RAM and PSU already, but need suggestions on a good motherboard for this build.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz // $97
RAM: Kingston DDR3 2GB // $43
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD5770 1GB // $163
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VXCN 550W // $66

Case: NZXT M59 // $60
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 500GB // $68

Monitor: SAMSUNG E1920NW 19 // $133
DVD Burner: Pioneer 22X SATA DVD DVR-218VXL // $28

The other parts of the computer are already taking the lion's share of the money for the parts and I'm looking for a ~$90 motherboard that would be good for this build. I don't envision I need Crossfire, but having it is nice. eSATA is needed too.

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September 10, 2010 11:18:52 AM

Will you want to use more than one video card at some point?

Look for shell shock deals and good brands like ASUS or Gigabyte.
September 10, 2010 12:04:51 PM

Unfortunately I wouldn't be able to take advantage of shell shock deals online as I do not live in US right now.

I might not plan to use another video card-After considering it for a while, I think a single 5770 1GB will be good enough for me.

Are there any specific motherboards that would be good for this build?
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September 10, 2010 12:08:39 PM

you could use an X3 440 at ~$75, and should be able find HD5770s as low as $135.

with the ~60 in savings, you could step up to 4 GB of DDR3 for ~$80.

for a motherboard, a 770 with DDR3, 785G with DDR3,or 880G should be fine
what country are you in?
September 10, 2010 12:30:16 PM

I'm in South-East Asia for the time being. Might be moving back to Europe in a few years, but for now, I'm stuck here.

Isn't X3 440 only 4 cores? For the HD5770, that's how much they sell it here. I will step it up to a 4GB RAM in the future, but for now I will use 2GB to increase the amount of money I have left in the budget for the motherboard.

Are there any specific motherboards I could use for the build? Any particular good ones?
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September 10, 2010 4:40:16 PM

the x3 is 3 cores, and what do you mean only 4 cores? your cpu that you are planning to get has 4 cores.... the x3 445 is not a bad option, as for the hdd you are getting i would rather get a samsung spinpoint f3