Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by Melios, Nov 27, 2008.
I was wondering, how is the ASUS M3A78 AMD 770 motherboard? As a budget motherboard.
looks good to me and it has AM3 support so you can upgrade. You should, of course, read reviews for this board (or any other you are consisering) both at newegg and online tech sites. That will give you insight into its strenghts and weaknesses.
But you should really tell us what is the system being used for. If you are not gaming go with m-ATX 780G boards or Geforce 8000 or nforce 720 since they all have onboard video and are cheaper. And even if you are gaming those boards are still very budget concious and worth taking a look at at.
Well, I was looking at Phenom x3 8750 and Radeon 4830 card.
are you planning to overclock at all? Do u already have the other components you are upgrading from or you are building from scratch? If so, what are they? Im just asking to make sure you have a good PSU to handle everything.
That will make a good little gamer on a 22in and below monitor.
yea, the 4830 is an awesome card for those on a budget.
I don't usually mess with stuff like overcloaking.
I was planning to try to use an X-Fi card as well as reuse my disk drives and wireless LAN . My PSU is a Rosewill 550W power supply, this one specifically.
That board doesn't have much Over volting features for cpu. If you don't care about those then yes its a good board.
the board cant support 2 videocards, so the 550w should be fine
that PSU is quite mediocre, most likely its actually 400-450W so it should be enough.
however, if you have a bit extra cash, get this instead:
$59 after rebate + free shipping.
I'm wondering one thing: Do these motherboards usually ship with latest BIOS (at the time)?
yes, they are shipped with the latest version available at the time of leaving the factory. But it doesnt mean you'll have the latest BIOS by the time u buy it because newer versions may be out. So you may need to update depending on what the situation is and what fixes does the BIOS offer. As a general rule, its always good to have the latest but since you are not overclocking and if there are no major fixes then you dont have to update.
I only ask because its CPU Support page mentions the Phenom x3 8750 is supported as of BIOS 0602 (not the initial release 0401).
if you happen to get a board that has the BIOS that doesnt support your CPU what you can do is this: Ask a friend who has a supported CPU to borrow it for a flash or take it to local PC shop and ask them to borrow a supported CPU. Or if all else fails, you can order a cheap single core Athlon that is supported, flash the BIOS and then return it.
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