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Looking for 890FX board. Options?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by xvi, Apr 3, 2013.

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    Since the 790FX-based DFI board in sig rig isn't completely happy with my Phenom II X6, I've been wanting a new board and was thinking a 890FX board would be the best bet between compatibility, features, overclockability and cost. Budget shouldn't be anything, but I could spare $100-ish.

    Going on the "Old tech should be cheap now" theory, my first instinct is the ASUS Crosshair IV and it turns out there are some relatively inexpensive Extremes out there listed as "New (See Other)", which details show means "board only, no accessories". Besides the lack of backplate ($20?!), this seems like a good option.

    I haven't really seen much more than that, so it's either this or an AM3+ board which I've heard doesn't do voltages nicely with AM3 processors. Thoughts people?
     
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    I'd go with an AM3+ board, I haven't had any issues running my AM3 processors in AM3+ boards.
     
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    Seconded a 990x mobo would fit the bill
     
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    So I finally go to order the board Norton recommended, but didn't get a confirmation e-mail. Could have sworn the money went on hold through my bank account. Paid with Amazon Payments. Check today, money is still there, Amazon has no record, board is now out of stock. There's a open-box Revision 2.0 version on Newegg for $140 after shipping, but the potential lack of I/O shield worries me.

    Any tips on open-box purchases?
     
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    I've ordered two open-box ASUS boards from newegg, both came with all the accessories.
     
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    i´d suggest the ASRock 990FX Extreme3, AMD Phenom II X6 1035T-1100T
    running good
     
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    That's what I thought. Seemed to me that accessories depend on whether or not the previous owner bothered to include them. I also assume this falls under ASUS's normal warranty and not under the refurb warranty.

    I was looking at the ASRock boards. They seem like pretty good value. It's going under water, so I'd like strong VRMs.

    I think I'm going to set my budget at around the $150 mark. That'll pit the ASRock 990FX Extreme9 against the Open Box ASUS Sabertooth. Rev.2 (somewhat unfair, I suppose).

    Looks like the "GEN3" version pretty much just adds PCI-e 3.0 support?
     
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    I would definitely choose a new Extreme9 over an open box Sabertooth ;) Also, ASUS customer service/quality hasn't been that great lately from what I'm hearing......
     
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    I wasn't confident that ASRock's BIOS would be as well polished as ASUS', but I guess we'll see. ASRock board ordered.

    Thanks, everyone!
     
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    I went with an Ebay MSI 890FX board on the cheap BNiB for $60 couldn't really pass it up was a great buy IMO. Only downside to 890FX vs 990FX is lack of native SLi support which is easily fixed with modded drivers, just a pain.
     

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