Opinion on ECS A780LM-M2 AM3 Motherboard for new build?

Hello everyone,

First time builder here and I was wondering if this would be a reliable motherboard for my first build.

Motherboard I am considering: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135315


Other parts are the following:

Video card - EVGA GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

RAM - G.Skill Rip-Jaw 1600 8 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Processor - AMD Athelon II x3 3.3ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911

Power Supply - Not decided yet, would like some recommendations! Will make a separate post for this later but feel free to give me some pointers on this.

Give me any and all advice on the motherboard I listed, other parts and how they work with that motherboard, or just any general tips on computer building.

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  1. Here's another ecs board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135278&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL103012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL103012-_-EMC-103012-Index-_-AMDMotherboards-_-13135278-L05C; use the serial number label on the side of the box for the rebate; you have to carefully peel it off slowly and print out the invoice from newegg. Here's an ecs am3+ board for about the same price with hdmi port: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1316&CategoryID=1&MenuID=115&LanID=9 ($34.99 after rebate plus shipping at newegg; link broken); it's the best of the three boards.
  2. Thanks!

    Can an AM3+ board run an AM3 processor?

    I thought it had to be AM3+ as well?
  3. You always go by the "cpu support" list on the board's webpage, which tells you which bios version works with the cpu. Yes, you can run am3 cpus on am3+ motherboards if the cpu is on their support list. I recommend this cpu/board combo instead:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113281 $100 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157331 $61 shipped
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