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First time AMD build, need motherboard suggestions please

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September 23, 2010 2:10:39 AM

Time to upgrade (basically rebuild) my system so I can run Starcraft II at max settings, and some more :D 

I've bought most parts I need, but now I don't know how to choose a motherboard. I've read through all the guides, but it's still hard to choose the ideal board.

Here's what I've got so far:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Avexir 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3-1333MHz PC3-10600
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=B...

Video: Asus ENGTX460 GTX 460 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*I might SLI in the future...

Case: Antec 902 Midtower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looking though newegg, all the mobos has a decent amount of negative ratings and DOAs. Do these bad experiences happen often??

Anyone know a good board that would go well with this build?? I'm ready to invest in a nice board, so I'm not building on a budget.

Please give me some suggestions!

right now I'm thinking either
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 2:27:29 AM

I'd go for the 870, or an 880G
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September 23, 2010 2:39:30 AM

Woah, bad ram. Bad RAM I mean really.. terrible.. horrifying.. joke of a ram
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September 23, 2010 3:06:20 AM

890FX chipset -- no question.

It supports far more PCI-E lanes, and
that chipset also provides native support
for SATA/6G in RAID mode.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Read the reviews: there are lots of them now.

Hope this helps.


p.s. AMD was reportedly surprised at the surge in demand
for their 890FX chipset: I tend to believe that report!


MRFS




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September 23, 2010 3:10:42 AM

Also, listen to Mr Pizza: get Corsair RAM and don't look back.

And, I think you'll like the Cooler Master Storm Sniper instead of that Antec;
for not much more, you get a case designed by one of the leaders
that everyone else copies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Lastly, be sure to power your entire system with a good UPS:
this will prolong the life of your new electronics for a long time.

The power grid is expected to exhibit more fluctuations;
and, you should plan, and buy, accordingly.

I live in Seattle, and our UPS battery backups kick in
at least 3 times per week now.


MRFS
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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 3:19:44 AM

Did you guys not hear the dude say SLI?
If you want to SLI on an AMD motherboard, there's really only one option, and that's an nVidia SLI chipset:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think the 980a is better than the 750 chipset:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

I think its a better idea to match the AMD cpu with an ATI chipset as the others have suggested, but you can only crossfire with that, not SLI.
For a crossfire setup, go with a 890GX or 890FX motherboard.
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September 23, 2010 3:25:24 AM

One more thing: there are some really interesting developments
happening with 2.5" storage -- both SATA and SAS, both SSD and HDD.

Icy Dock watched several others miss the mark;
with this 5.25" enclosure, I think they found the sweet spot:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You can put 2.5" Raptors in there and/or any 2.5" SSD.
Plus, this enclosure will also accommodate 2.5" SAS drives e.g.:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Notice the cache size on those Hitachis: in RAID 0 mode, you can
add those cache sizes to effect a really big hardware cache.


Newegg used to stock this Enhance Technology X14, but don't any more;
the X14 was a lot more expensive than the Icy Dock unit above:

http://www.enhance-tech.com/mktg/The_Innovative_QuadraP...


MRFS

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September 23, 2010 3:43:43 AM

MRFS said:
Also, listen to Mr Pizza: get Corsair RAM and don't look back.

And, I think you'll like the Cooler Master Storm Sniper instead of that Antec;
for not much more, you get a case designed by one of the leaders
that everyone else copies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Lastly, be sure to power your entire system with a good UPS:
this will prolong the life of your new electronics for a long time.

The power grid is expected to exhibit more fluctuations;
and, you should plan, and buy, accordingly.

I live in Seattle, and our UPS battery backups kick in
at least 3 times per week now.


MRFS


Sweet Case. I'd buy it if I didn't get the Antec on a discount.
Even though I say I'm willing to spend more on the mobo, I only bought the parts when they're on sale.

The Corsair PSU I'm using's got pretty good reviews. Do you think I need something better?
I live in Seattle too and I havn't noticed anything too drastic.

Are Avexir RAM really that bad? It's a new company, and it's made in China, but the reviews so far are decent.
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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 3:55:07 AM

MRFS said:
Buzznut: THANKS!


Question: does the 980a support SATA/6G natively?
I don't see it in the specs here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'm just starting to wade into the AMD pool,
and I need to start out in the shallow end :) 


MRFS


That board certainly doesn't. OOPS, I misread your question. It doesn't appear to support SATA III. If that and USB 3.0 are features you like, I would look at the 890GX and FX boards.

@ OP: Crossfire HD 5770's are reptty awesome. you might want to consider Ati graphics for this build.
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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 4:04:31 AM

chenneth said:
Sweet Case. I'd buy it if I didn't get the Antec on a discount.
Even though I say I'm willing to spend more on the mobo, I only bought the parts when they're on sale.

The Corsair PSU I'm using's got pretty good reviews. Do you think I need something better?
I live in Seattle too and I havn't noticed anything too drastic.

Are Avexir RAM really that bad? It's a new company, and it's made in China, but the reviews so far are decent.


The Corsair PSU certainly is a good one, I prefer modular cables myself but many folks swear by the Corsair PSU's.

I would say the Avexir is a brand I would not recommend because I never heard of it before. Corsair is a solid brand, I like OCZ, but most guys have a favorite over time because that brand has given them the least trouble. If it works for you, then its good ram.
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September 23, 2010 4:28:41 AM

Does the 980a chipset support my Phenom II x4 processor?
When I selected my processor type on newegg, all result shown are 790GX chipset.
Should I just buy a board with the 790GX??
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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 5:35:02 AM

Yes, the motherboard is AM3 and it will work with the X4 965.

Don't worry about the 790GX result, As long as the mobo is not ,limited to 95Watt CPU's and is AM3 you will be fine. Another stipulation, am2+ mobos can sometimes run AM3 CPU's but will only utilize DDR2 memory.

The X4 965 will work with 890 series motherboards. In fact, you could choose a 790GX mobo if you wished to save money. However it is possible that the board would not work with your CPU unless you had another CPU to update the BIOS.

890gx or fx will be your best choice for a new build with that CPU, or of course the nVidia 980a for SLI.
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a b V Motherboard
September 23, 2010 3:22:12 PM

Quote:
Yesterday Newegg has a 965Be and MSI 870/SB750 combo for $199.


+1 $45 off pretty sweet deal
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