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Motherboard Advice for budget build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or two (trying to time a deal if possible)

Budget Range: up to about $60 or so (After Rebates )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: general computer use, light gaming (nothing graphics heavy)

Parts Not Required: I have everything but a motherboard and CPU

Overclocking: Maybe, no at the moment

SLI or Crossfire: No

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I am in the middle of my second build using some things I had on hand to replace an aging Dell, and was looking to try to find a decent budget mobo. I need a micro atx mobo to go with what I have on hand.

I already have 2 sticks of 1GB DDR3 1333 RAM so the mobo would need to accept DDR3.

Will be running Win 7 home premium (already purchased)

I will also need a CPU, but will probably go with an AMD X2 245 or 250.

Would also like for it to have DVI & VGA video ports


Any experience with the following boards?

Foxconn 880G $75

ASRock 880GM $63

Biostar 785 $65

Asus 780 $58 AR

Gigabyte 760 $63 AR

Foxconn 740 $48
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  1. I have worked with those boards u specified

    Asrock 880GM
    Biostar 785G
    Gigabyte 760

    those are fine but ditch the Foxconn 740: AM2 tech/mobo with HT Limitation when used with AM2+/AM3 chips and still on PCIex gen 1.0/1.1 not to mention far inferior IGP performance compared to the 1st 2 on the above list

    Edit

    Actually that Asus is 780LE or a 760G so if u relying on IGP for say HTPC duty the 760Gs have no UVD or Universal Video Decoder and have high % CPU utilisation when doing HD DVDs/Blu Ray and aren't recommended
  2. batuchka said:
    I have worked with those boards u specified

    Asrock 880GM
    Biostar 785G
    Gigabyte 760

    those are fine but ditch the Foxconn 740: AM2 tech/mobo with HT Limitation when used with AM2+/AM3 chips and still on PCIex gen 1.0/1.1 not to mention far inferior IGP performance compared to the 1st 2 on the above list

    Edit

    Actually that Asus is 780LE or a 760G so if u relying on IGP for say HTPC duty the 760Gs have no UVD or Universal Video Decoder and have high % CPU utilisation when doing HD DVDs/Blu Ray and aren't recommended



    OK, so we'll ditch the Fox 740, how would you rank the others. I kind of like the idea of 4 RAM slots, but it's not a deal breaker if it only has two if the price is right. I would probably stick with on board graphics for a while.

    Any comments on the Foxconn 880 other than the bright colors and higher cost? Would you prefer the Asrock 880?
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    If looking at entry level 880G/SB 710 i would make it a point to drop by the manufacturer's site to see if 125W TDP Thuban is supported - may be irrelevant for an cheapo one off machine but then again might come back and haunt ya hehe For this reason the Biostar TA880GB+ in juicy combos is also one of my favorites ^^
  4. Looking at this combo Biostar 785G3HD/Sempron 145 for $86. May try unlocking the Sempron.

    Any more suggestions?
  5. I wouldn't count on unlock + stable as a given if i were u
  6. OK, I've settled and ordered the Biostar 880g/AMD X3 445 3.1ghz combo for $112. I'll live with the 2 RAM slots.

    Thanks for the advice.
  7. Best answer selected by beartrkkr.
  8. Yep - happy replacing and u are welcomed ^^
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