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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Ackmey, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Ackmey New Member

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    I'm buying online from Newegg.ca... got a total budget of maybe just over $700, that has to include shipping and taxes.

    Anyway, so far, I've got:

    I think I'm mostly happy with this build, I'm just slightly worried about the MoBo since Biostar seems to not have a great reputation... any help with that? Or other adjustments I can make without spending more money? I'm not adverse to a completely new build if it's getting me more for my money. :)

    The total cost of this is $726 all included.

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    Id buy MSI/GB/ASUS.
    Biostar is just cheap and getting lucky with a few boards doesn't make reputation enough for me.
    Not suggesting any particular brand,google a bit and find out whats the most popular model that fits your budget/cpu.

    Welcome to TPU :)
     
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    Thanks. :)

    I've been looking for other motherboards, it's just hard to find one in the same price range, and that works with the CPU... especially considering I'm saving $25 with the bundle.
     
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    Why not take a look at these boards?

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P or the ASUS M4A77TD Pro, they are pretty cheap but decent boards, if you don't fancy Biostar.
     
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    There's no GA-MA770T available on the site, and the ASUS MoBo doesn't have "pro" attached to the end... is there a difference?

    And it's not that I myself have anything against Biostar; it's just what I've heard... in any case, would that ASUS board be better than the one I have posted in my cart?

    Thanks for the help so far :)
     
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    I would get a better brand mobo with the newer AMD chipset. On NewEgg I found a combo with an Asus M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 and an AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz for $176.99. It is a little more money but you get an Asus mobo with the newer chipset and a slightly faster CPU.

    Combo Deal Details
     
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    With the pro, you get a couple more options, and you can CF, which since you're going cheap, is out of the equation anyways.

    Yeah, the GB models seems out of stock.
     
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    That's on the American site, which is too bad because I liked the looks of it.
     
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    For that money man, you better buy a super mobo, rather than a "biostar" mobo.
    Check this site out, cuz it helps in builds:
    hardware-revolution.com
     
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    How about this:

    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

    It's only 65$ and has crossfire support; was in the recommended 500$ PC at that hardware-revolution site... I really don't know about the rest of its specs, can anyone enlighten me on how good it is compared to the BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard?

    Thanks :)

    Also, how does dual compare to quad core? If I got a dual @ 3.2mhz how would it compare to the Athlon II Quad I have now?
     
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    Sorry about overlooking the fact your shopping on NewEgg Canada. How about this combo for $408.90. Add on your picks for case, PSU, and GPU and you are at about $714.

    Phenom II x4/880G/4GB/750GB Upgrade Kit

    It is a different CPU but you get a name brand mobo with newer chipset, same amount of memory, and a bigger hard drive. The Phenom II X4 955BE should be as good a performer as thea Propus chip especially if you overclock it.
     
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    PSU overkill 500 watt is more than enough.
     
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    Hm, I was told to upgrade from a 550w at another forum, for if I want to upgrade in the future.
     
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    If you plan to CrossFireX the 5770 in the future the Antec EarthWatts EA650 is a good choice. You could also safely run a single 5850 or 5870 with that PSU.
     
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    i would say, asus low end board of new chipest (870/880). Trust me, biostar is good... when it works. As for the cpu, i would sincerely go for a x2 that's faster and keep it for some months till you can afford a proper Phenom II X4
     
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    funny it is this way because a while back biostar was the only company that had a good reputation,and the only company that could make boards that didnt fry 40% of the time, i decided to give biostar a go on my last work pc build and it did good wasn't to impressed with the bios though
     

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