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Scared to buy motherboard due to bad reviews

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a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 2:42:32 AM

A very good question.

Hang around for long enough and you will learn to read newegg user reviews carefully, when you bother at all.

For instance, I see one fellow there that says his sound cut out. Fine, but why should we assume that's the fault of the board? Is he using a quality PSU? Does he have a proper ground? Did he stress the board while putting it into the case? Did he improperly place the standoffs so that the sound was shorted out? Did he plug something into the port that he shouldn't have?

You don't know what he did, so how can you say if his complaint is legitimate?

Motherboards are the scapegoats for the novice builders. It's way easier to blame the board than it is to do the work of finding the actual problem.
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July 1, 2011 2:44:45 AM

That's what I keep thinking. Can you really hold validity to any reviews? I mean, just because someone shoots his tech level to max doesn't mean he knows what he is talking about right?
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a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 2:47:12 AM

That's not a bad Board, if the sound cuts out, you can always buy a sound card for $20
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July 1, 2011 2:49:39 AM

The thing about sound on a motherboard. Say I have a hdtv as my monitor. Does my tv use that onboard sound? That's something I haven't thought about yet.
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a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 2:54:53 AM

Actually, I used that exact board for a new build for a family member about 4 months back. It went well... I used an Athlon II X4, some G.skill RAM, and a CM Gladiator case. I think the PSU was a Seasonic S12II 520 I got on sale.

You do understand that it's not a good crossfire board though, right? The second slot only runs at 4x.

I have used an MSI 880G board in three identical builds lately also... one machine will not fully sleep, which may or may not be the board. Works fine, system sleeps but not the PSU.
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July 1, 2011 2:59:17 AM

I'm not that interested in crossfire, because I only do casual gaming (i run the newest games, but not at the level that most people like).

I don't think the sleeping will be a problem, as I completely shut down my computer every night.

I'm not going to get a GPU yet, just in case I don't have the money to get a decent one, and the onboard graphics will suit me fine for the meantime.
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a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 2:59:43 AM

I was referring to the ASUS board not the MSI.

Your video card handles the sound in that scenario :)  For instance, a 6750 delivers 7.1 surround sound.
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July 1, 2011 3:13:46 AM

Could anybody recommend me a good AMD motherboard?

It needs onboard HD 4250 graphics, 4 memory slots, and HDMI output.

I have found alot of them, but I don't know if I should go over $70 for one?
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July 1, 2011 6:55:15 AM

I think if you found a board with all the features you want, cheaper, then get it. I was just looking at the 880G motherboards and until you get to the AsRock AM3+ Mobo for $99, they all seemed the same. If you are a little worried about the maker I might suggest this Asus board, A local computer builder uses these and highly recommeds them.

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

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a c 142 V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 4:25:40 PM

If you're going to buy an AMD board today, get one with socket AM3+. That way, you at least have the option later of an upgrade to Bulldozer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would probably be a decent choice. It has no reviews yet, but I would not worry about that. NeweggTV and Youtube both have some good video rundowns of the newest Asus boards (typically done by, or involving the same guy, a "JJ" from Asus).
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July 1, 2011 5:13:59 PM

I find that most reviews on Newegg are people who either like it or they are complaining cause it was DOA. And most of those DOAs are probably people that static shocked the **** out of it.
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July 1, 2011 10:44:23 PM

Ok. Also, is it better to get the cheapest x6 or the best x4? They are the same price, but the speeds are different.
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a b V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 11:30:20 PM

That depends on what you are going to do with the CPU.
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July 1, 2011 11:36:05 PM

Casual gaming (by no means hardcore), and music notation. Web-surfing, and shiz like that.
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July 2, 2011 7:05:53 AM

I'd go with the best X4 because it will be rare that you'd use all 6 cores.
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a b V Motherboard
July 2, 2011 9:56:36 AM

You probably won't ever use the 4 cores, but that's the best thing to do.
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