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Best AM3 boards??

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  1. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

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    I need a high end AM3 board to match with a PII 965. This rig will be my primary gamer, and will most likely see 2x5850's in the near future. I'm asking for suggestions on the best 2-3 AM3 motherboards on the market right now. Budget is up to $175. Please explain why you think a certain board is a good choice. All thoughts are greatly appreciated, but fanboy comments might get you a :slap: :laugh:
     
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    I just grabbed an MSI 790X-G45 and everything went great. Don't know how well it overclocks and it doesn't have IEEE1394.
     
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    Can you wait a bit for the 890 boards to come out?
     
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    Gigabyte 790fx ud5p, asus crosshair formula III comes to mind... They are some of the best.
     
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    I second this. No sense grabbing a board right now if you can wait a bit for integrated USB3 and SATA 6gb/s
     
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    Nope. Board needs to be purchased within the next couple of days. It will be replaced with a 890 when it comes out.
     
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    MSI-790FX-GD70 theres alot more voltage controls than even gigabyte. You can control everything if you are a really skilled overclocker.
     
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    I've thought about this board. Just hesitant pulling the trigger, since I've had nothing but bad experiences with MSI boards in the past. Tempting though.
     
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    I think if I go over my budget, I'll jump to a Crosshair. I would really like to keep it under $175.
     
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    Paul,

    My first AM3 board is the one in my specs, the UD5. I'm impressed to say the least. 4.1Ghz at just a hair over stock voltage on the 965. I know the CPU has to be good as well but the build quality of this board is great. It has everything you need, the BIOS is not full of extra options for those planning on wasting a million gallons of LN2. Just right if you ask me.

    other than this, the Crosshair 3 is a heck of a board from what I've seen.
     
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    If I had to sell my Crosshair III, just a awesome board so don't even ask:laugh:, I'd probably go with this Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5. SATA III and some USB 3.0 support for under $200 and you don't have to wait til the 890 comes out for those features.
     
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    Once you have a good look at the crosshair, you just have to pull the trigger! cant go wrong! ;) Anyways it has wicked looks and does the job too, the enthousiast's dream!
     
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    Yep. THey kept all the Legacy features as well and made it look good. The board is very solid!
     
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    i picked up an asus m4a79t deluxe, was 188 at the time, but the board has more features that you can shake a stick at and is a breeze to oc with. I highly recomend this board as it helped me get my phenom 2 965 c3 up here above 4 ghz no problem, plus it runs cool, has power and reset on the boad, a great quality sound card(well better then my audigy 2 zs which anything is i guess), and it wasn't too expensive for the features.
     
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    I have an Asus M4A79XTD EVO, and I cannot complain one bit. For $120 its simply the best AM3 board I have owned. The features outnumber the cost by a long shot for me, although this is just a suggestion from my personal experience. :toast:
     
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    Hey CP and Ken, what about the UD4? It has Sata 6 and USB 3.0. I'm trying to figure out the differences b/t the UD4 and UD5. I'm just so out of the loop with AMD. LOL
     
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    LOL. Could I be any more lazy this afternoon? :laugh: Actually working on my Thesis. So, I'm glad someone was willing to do a bit of research for me. ;)

    Damn you Ken and CP. Now I may end up going over budget with this AMD rig.:laugh:
     
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    Your lucky I saw that post. I've been working on a mod for the stock 4890 heatsink VRM area and just put the card in to test it.

    Too bad Shadowfold isn't here...he'd make you spend more:laugh:
     
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    M4A79T Deluxe. Yeah, it's the board I own. There's a reason for that. It is p0wnzorz!
     
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    Eric, what is it about that board that you like?
     
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    Bios is easy, it runs cool at stock or overclocked, great layout, cheaper than the Crosshair III, runs CrossFire beautifully, very good ram compatability. The biggest plus is how cool it runs I suppose, I've never seen it go over 33c.
     
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    I spent along time reading reviews over the am3 boards avalable at the moment as i went am3 about 2 months ago. Thes best boards are Asus M4a79T, Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX / GIGABYTE GA-790FXT-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX or the MSI 790FX board. Tbh the asus is a good board but higher overclocks over all were achieved on the MSI and the Gigabyte and better for unlocking cores (if thats your thing). I personally went for the Gigabyte and the MSI was out of stock and i am impatient.
    The Gigabyte is a great board and would reccomend it to anyone. But I would go for the MSI 790FX-GD70 as it just looks so beautiful and got some very nice features.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223&Tpk=msi 790fx
     

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