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Which motherboard for Phenom II

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  1. Paulieg

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    Any of you who have followed my "Say hello to Phenom II" thread will know that I killed my Biostar GX3 with a beta bios flash. I need a new board, and it has to be purchased today. I have it narrowed down to 3 choices. Please tell me which board you would chose, and WHY. Thanks!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813153125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131331
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130190

    I should note that I've left DFI boards off this list. It pains me to say it, but I'm concerned with the number of DOA boards that DFI has put out recently, so I think I may avoid them this time around.
     
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    Where is the M3A79-T?? Are you wanting the GX chipset?
     
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    That Jetway board is getting good reviews over at XS.

    If you look carefully, you'll see the M3A78-T is a GX chipset, but cheaper than the 79-T
     
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    You should go for motherboards with better power phase design. Most motherboards now for AM2+ have a 4+1 phase design, which is not good. This means that the phases have to work twice as hard which conducts a lot of heat creating severe instability issues when the CPU gets OC'ed. If these phases are cooled by a heatsink, it shouldn't be much if a problem. But don't go for motherboard with very minor hetasinks like the M3A78-T. The only 8-phase motherboard that I have seen for AM2+, and is AM3 compatible, is the M3A32-MVP Deluxe with the rather old SB600 south bridge.
     
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    The M3A79-T is also an 8-phase design though. It's pretty much the same board as the M3A32-MVP Deluxe as far as I can see aside from having the newer SB750 south bridge.
     
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    The phase design seems to be the only difference b/t the 78-T and the 79-T, but is it worth the extra $50. I found the 78-T at another etailer for $136.
     
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    I know the 78-T has the GX, I was asking if that is what you where set on?
    GX or FX? I would personally spend the extra 50 bucks and get the 79-T.
    I guess another question would be, is if youre going to keep this for a while or upgrade to the AM3 as soon as it comes out? My plan was to Keep this setup for about 10-12 months then upgrade to the AM3. If you are upgrading to the AM3 sooner, then I would probably go with the less expensive GX chipset(78-T).
     
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    Yup, 6 months max. However, I don't want to limit my overclocking with inferior phase design.
     
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    I see that you reconsidered my proposal by adding the DKA790GX Platinum on your list. :cool:
     
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    Yup, it's not bad...but currently in 3rd place. Can you tell me if you're able to update the bios with a USB stick?
     
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    look at your other topic for boards, also look at 790X boards as they are coming with 750 SB now
     
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    Of course.

    All you need is here: (you may need to register to msi forum to get it)

    http://forum.msi.com.tw/index.php?topic=116721.0
     
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    in my opinion, go to the asus as one review of the msi said that the cpu mosfets burn because of the heatsink wasnt capable of keep low temps and jetway is not a well known brand (yet), so go with the old and trusty asus
     
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    I know on my K9A2 Platinum, you could. WinMe on mem stick duo, bios on usb flash drive, keep both in at boot, dos will see it as C; drive
     
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    i would go with the MSI, mainly becuase of how much i've liked my current MSI board. i wouldnt be nearly as worried about the power phases as other people are, but i guess it's something to be aware of.
     
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    Asus if you plan on throwing 3 gpu's into it... otherwise I'd go with what's cheapest :p I like cheap :cool:
     
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    My opinion is #3. I so no to the first one, because if you stick a 2 slot video card in it, then you are going to be blocking the SATA ports. And the 2nd one is a maybe because if you stick a 2nd card in the 3rd PCI-E slot then you might be covering the bottom SATA ports.
     
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    go for the gigabyte or the asus, but if the gigabyte has that amount of problems, then go with the asus, unless u like gambling, then go for gigabyte
     
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