Help - Find a Good $80 Motherboard / Questions.

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KoutaFG
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I am trying to upgrade my system, the motherboard and CPU, I'm asking for help in finding a good but cheap mother board, I'd appreciate any help.

 

I am looking for a AMD mother board that's,

80.00 USD or less

Will take my current, DDR2 800 memory

and last will take the following CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz

CPU Socket Type: Socket AM2+

Thermal Design Power: 125W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103644

Also I have a long video card, XFX 260 GTX that takes up two slots, this upgrade is for a gaming PC, Oh and I have a sound card that I'd like to be able to use but if there is only like two slots next to the video card slot then I can do with out my sound card and just use the onboard.

again, thanks for any help.

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I did some looking for you and came up with the ASUS M4N72-E:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131367

 

It's above you're $80.00 price point ($109.99 after instant rebate), but it is an ASUS, standard ATX, checks your boxes for DDR2 and socket AM2+, and will let you run SLI (x8, x8) along with 2 PCI-E x1 slots for sound cards. It does not have onboard video which I'd say is a plus. However, having had an ASUS Crossfire back in the day, I can't say I'm very impressed by the quality of any of these boards. Still, I'd stick with ASUS or Gigabyte when making your decision. Hope this helps.

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KoutaFG
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Thanks for the help, though I am trying to stay under $210 for both the motherboard and CPU, the CPU I really wanna get is $128 so I really can't do more then $80, I actually wanted to stay under 70 for the motherboard but from what I have tried to find, you really can't get a decent board for 70, I was hoping someone would have better luck then me in searching.

Also yeah, I'll be aiming for a ASUS, MSI, XFX or Gigabyte mobo but if I find one make by another brand and it has a good rating or reviews and cost less then I'll go with it but I will probably try to get one of the listed above brands.

Lately I have been looking at the following boards,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

I don't like the layout and does not have enough slots so that I can have both my video card in and my sound card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131595

This one I kind of like the layout but this one as well does not have enough slots to have both my video card and sound card in, though it may fit but fit a little too tight.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131618

This one is the most promising, layout is all good but it has an onboard ATI video card, I'm just worried between that in my Nvidia card something not good will happen or something.

Again, thanks for the help.

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you should be able to find an AMD 785G mobo for around $80

if you dont mind micro ATX you can actually find them around $70

just search it in newegg "785g"

i would choose asus, msi or gigabyte

something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130237&cm_re=785g-_-13-130-237-_-Product

KoutaFG
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Thanks for the info, though I wonder, what's so great about 785G mobos? Just wondering.

 

Also the mobo you linked me to only has two slots for memory but I did search 785G and found a couple of ones that have four slots.

 

Again, thanks for the help, I'll keep looking.

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Right now I am saving up for the CPU first, so it will give me time to research what will be the best mobo I or someone that's helping, can find.

Again, thanks ahead of time for those that help.

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I have a new question, what are the chances that a cpu won't work in a mobo that does not list the model number in its CPU list

Why I ask is, this is the Mobo that I want to get,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131618

 

This is the CPU I want to get,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103809

 

and this is the motherboard's CPU list site,

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=gVPip6NkD93nzINC&templete=2

 

Newegg only sells one of the CPU it lists that are 3.0 quad core and its either OEM or Open box and with this upgrade I need the fan/heatsink cpu's normaly come with.

 

And just now I searched on google shopping for one of the model numbers that the board does list as one that will work and one of the listed searched CPUs that showed up was the CPU I listed above... Did newegg list the wrong model number?

Blah, this has made me so unsure about things now...

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That ASUS will in fact support it-It lists support of those models up to 140W TDP so you are good-I've seen newegg make mistakes before so I would not worry about it. Good deal on the board btw-I would snag it and the cpu soon.

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KoutaFG
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Yeah, I have to wait a bit before I can but I'll get the CPU first because its the bigger chunk of the upgrade, at least money wise, then I'll get the motherboard.

Thanks though, I just needed someone that sounds like they know what their talking about say that, that the two will work, now I just got to make sure that they'll accept my ram too, because I can't afford replacing those too, though I do plan to upgrade my ram from 800 to the 1066 once I get the chance to.

Velkar
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I say wait a little while longer and get an amd 955. ddr3 is not much more then ddr2 atm

KoutaFG
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You don't know how much I'd like to do that but I'm fightin to save up the $140 to get the 945 cpu in the first place, money is so tight for me right now, I couldn't get a piece of paper through, tight, Though when money is not so tight I plan to drop a good 3k on a build and I'll be sure to come here for answers to the questions I'm sure to have but until then I am going to just make the best of it.

Luckily, I might have the $140 this wednesday then I'll save up the $80 for the Motherboard.

Velkar
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Yeah I know what you mean. good luck with your build.

Velkar
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Yeah I know what you mean. good luck with your build.