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Best Micro ATX AMD AM3+ Board for $80 or less?

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October 28, 2012 1:16:38 AM

Built a new PC, had many many problems with it. It seems it was the motherboard, so I am looking to find a replacement.

I am looking for a board that's $80 or less (MAY go higher), has support for an AMD FX-6200 processor right out of the box without bios updates, and will not have a high chance of failing on me for at least a long time.
I have found a couple boards, what do you think?:

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

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

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

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



It doesn't have to be from Newegg, just as long as it's from a pretty big trusted company.

Any thoughts or board suggestions? (Would appreciate no comments about my budget).
a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2012 1:58:28 AM

I would go with the Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS, I have the same motherboard and it has been running solid with absolutely no problem at all! However most of those motherboard don't have off the bat FX support, it depends if it comes from a new batch or an old batch. Old batches have older bios firmware which is pre-fx. If that is the case then you need to update it by using another non FX cpu or just take it to a shop for a firmware update.
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October 28, 2012 2:11:58 AM

socialfox said:
I would go with the Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS, I have the same motherboard and it has been running solid with absolutely no problem at all! However most of those motherboard don't have off the bat FX support, it depends if it comes from a new batch or an old batch. Old batches have older bios firmware which is pre-fx. If that is the case then you need to update it by using another non FX cpu or just take it to a shop for a firmware update.


I just did some more looking around and found this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

88 instead of 78, is that possibly a newer board, and should I get it, or just get the 78 and save $40 or so?




EDIT: Nevermind about the 78, I checked the CPU support list, and it seems to support every FX EXCEPT for the 6200....
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2012 2:16:11 AM

The M5a88 is newer than the m5a78 but at the end of the day they still do not have off the bat FX support. The only other difference is that the newer board has 4 ram slots to have at least 16gb of ram. At the end of the day 8gb is more than enough for gaming and daily use.
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October 28, 2012 2:24:41 AM

I am leaning towards that $60 Biostar. Most of the feedback on it seems to be positive, and it looks like it could be a pretty promising board. It also looks like it MIGHT have support for the FX 6200 right away, but I contacted Biostar to ask them first...
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2012 11:07:39 AM

That's okay if you want to go with the Biostar board, I have had one Biostar board for a socket 939 computer, ancient :p  and it still works to this day. The thing with biostar is you have a greater chance of getting a defective motherboard, hopefully you will not get a lemon and get a good one like my really old one that's almost 10 years old! I have never need to go to a service center but I hear they will fix your motherboard if its defective. Read this poor guy's encounter with biostar:

http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/service-rma-watch/15859...
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a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2012 5:57:45 PM

Good choice, Gigabyte is a much better manufacturer than Biostar with good customer service.
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September 28, 2013 12:34:35 PM

socialfox said:
I would go with the Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS, I have the same motherboard and it has been running solid with absolutely no problem at all! However most of those motherboard don't have off the bat FX support, it depends if it comes from a new batch or an old batch. Old batches have older bios firmware which is pre-fx. If that is the case then you need to update it by using another non FX cpu or just take it to a shop for a firmware update.


I am considering getting the board you mentioned as of today it is only $47. My plans are to finish a build, but I have limited funds. So am going to upgrade to this board from a m2a-vm (ancient I know). So current build is
Graphics: Hd radeon 7870 oc edition
Processor: amd anthlon x2 270
Board: m2a-vm
Ram ddr2 or one not sure how to find out its only 333mhz 8gb current board can handle upto 800 mhz.
Surprisingly my current build can play Shogun 2 Total war at 30-40 frames a second at ultra settings. Rome total war 2 is another story :( 
Any way My build when finished will be
Hd Radeon 7870
Amd Fx-8350
Vengance 16gb at 1600mhz
do you think this will be a good board for that processor It says it can handle the wattage. and do you think this will play games well ?
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a b V Motherboard
September 28, 2013 6:55:57 PM

Smokeykiller51 said:
socialfox said:
I would go with the Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS, I have the same motherboard and it has been running solid with absolutely no problem at all! However most of those motherboard don't have off the bat FX support, it depends if it comes from a new batch or an old batch. Old batches have older bios firmware which is pre-fx. If that is the case then you need to update it by using another non FX cpu or just take it to a shop for a firmware update.


I am considering getting the board you mentioned as of today it is only $47. My plans are to finish a build, but I have limited funds. So am going to upgrade to this board from a m2a-vm (ancient I know). So current build is
Graphics: Hd radeon 7870 oc edition
Processor: amd anthlon x2 270
Board: m2a-vm
Ram ddr2 or one not sure how to find out its only 333mhz 8gb current board can handle upto 800 mhz.
Surprisingly my current build can play Shogun 2 Total war at 30-40 frames a second at ultra settings. Rome total war 2 is another story :( 
Any way My build when finished will be
Hd Radeon 7870
Amd Fx-8350
Vengance 16gb at 1600mhz
do you think this will be a good board for that processor It says it can handle the wattage. and do you think this will play games well ?


You should've have messaged me instead of using this thread, don't want the OP to be getting notifications for an old thread of his after all. Anyways I will send you a private message.
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