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Old 10-26-10, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Help me choose a motherboard

Hi all,

It's been a while I wanted to upgrade my pc and after hours of searching and comparing I got to my final build (almost).

Now all I need is help to choose a motherboard. I'm going to be running under windows xp 32 or 64 bit (not sure yet).

Here's the specs:

HDD: 7200 RPM 32/64 MB cache [250-750 GB]

RAM: 4GB DDR3

Case: Tower w/ good airflow

PSU: 80+ certified 650W (May change)

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770

CPU: AMD Athlon II Quad-core

Motherboard: ???? +/- 100$

Now can anyone recommend me good motherboards that cost more or less 100$ (specify if it's for 32 or 64 bit).

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Old 10-26-10, 11:14 PM   #2
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with a motherboard it does matter about 32 or 64 bit (thats OS's)

have a look at some asus or gigabyte ones as they are very good.

also depending on what case you get that determes the motherboard type there are 5 diffrent types of motherboards (not all are amd)

they are:

mini-itx (really small)
mirco atx (bigger again)
atx (standard size for most and will fit it most cases)
E-ATX (bigger then ATX,used in workstations and some motherboards)
XL-ATX (bigger then E-ATX and is the form factor of the EVGA 4 way SLI Classified and the Gigabyte X58A- UD9)

and lastly the biggest of them all:

HPTX (High performace form factor) used in the EVGA SR2 server motherboard)

hope this helps

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Old 10-26-10, 11:35 PM   #3
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Now all I need is help to choose a motherboard. I'm going to be running under windows xp 32 or 64 bit (not sure yet).

Here's the specs:
HDD: 7200 RPM 32/64 MB cache [250-750 GB]
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Case: Tower w/ good airflow
PSU: 80+ certified 650W (May change)
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770
CPU: AMD Athlon II Quad-core
Motherboard: ???? +/- 100$

Now can anyone recommend me good motherboards that cost more or less 100$ (specify if it's for 32 or 64 bit).
If you plan to use an ATI Radeon HD 5770, I would not bother using Windows XP at all. Windows XP is old. Windows XP 64-bit has a lot of unfixable issues with gaming.

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Case: You should pick your own case because it's easier on us.

Total Budget: ??? US Dollars? Euros? Yens? Canadian dollars?

Motherboard: This will depend on the case you pick.
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Old 10-27-10, 02:23 PM   #4
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Thanks both for answering.

My budget is about 700$ Canadian including taxes.

It looks like this
HDD: 7200 RPM 32/64 MB cache [250-750 GB] 75$

RAM: 4GB DDR3 RAM 100$

Case: Any tower/(anything that can fit all parts with good airflow) 60$

PSU: 80+ certified more "w" than needed 100$

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 150$

CPU: AMD Athlon II Quad-core/anything similar 100$

Motherboard: Anything compatible or better for build 100$

=685$
I guess I'll be going for XP 32 bit (I'm not going for Vista and W7 because I don't like the way they're built [I'll get far more problems with them than with XP].

For the motherboard I'm looking for an average 100$ that will fit tower case and run on Windows XP 32 bit .
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Old 10-27-10, 03:20 PM   #5
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I have a gigabyte 790XTA-UD4 and it's a good MB, running a Phenom 955 quad AMD.
I like the MB, may be an older model now, but it comes with USB3 and SATA3 provisions.

As for the OS, I never went past XP till recently, never liked Vista, but now run win7 ultimate, and have never had a problem with 7, and would happily recommend it to anyone.
XP support won't be around for much longer, and 7 is more stable than most people think.

I guess it's the same as the old argument XP VS Vista, most the people who complained about how bad Vista was, never actually tried it, they relied on comments from other people who hate Bill Gates and his products, most Vista users on here seemed quite happy with the OS, which again, I only had XP, so I can't offer any genuine opinions on Vista.

The motherboard you choose has no relevance to what OS you want to run!
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Old 10-27-10, 07:01 PM   #6
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Okay, I'll check that mobo but I won't switch from XP that soon just don't like it (I've tried it)

Thanks
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Old 10-27-10, 08:25 PM   #7
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If you stick with XP 32 bit, you dont need 4GB of RAM....so go with 2GB or 3GB to save some money.
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Old 10-28-10, 01:25 AM   #8
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go with win 7!
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Old 10-28-10, 08:36 AM   #9
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Ain't all the motherboard that supports AM2 and AM3 sockets 64 bit compatible?
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Old 10-28-10, 09:00 AM   #10
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It's depend on the CPU that support 64-bit or not...then the OS.
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Old 10-28-10, 09:20 AM   #11
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Yes, all or most mobo's that are AM2 or AM3 sockets can run 64-bit wise. Its actually better to run a 64-bit OS. It allows for more expansion of memory over time. Most or all chips that are produced in the future will be designed to run on the 64-bit architecture due to the fact that more and more programs and OS's take advantage of cheaper RAM prices and higher memory channels. Also, GO WITH 7. 7 was designed with graphics in mind and takes full advantage of the DX11+ architectures. Not only does it utilize newer hardware (like the one box you want to build), but its runs faster and more stable than XP ever will. You owe it to yourself to get on the bandwagon.
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Old 10-28-10, 03:42 PM   #12
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Well maybe I'll go with W7 x64 but I need to think a bit more.

Thanks for everyone that helped
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Old 10-28-10, 06:30 PM   #13
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thats cool,hope your build goes well!
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Old 10-29-10, 05:17 AM   #14
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I'm glad you'll take it into consideration. I think you'll find that you'll be a lot happier off, in the long run. Good luck. PM me if you need any help with the OS or the build of your desktop.

P.S.: I personally recommend the MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard. Works great and is ready for the future. Its a little over your price range, but it's quite literally the metaphorical canvas on which you build the rest of your system. Its one of the best AMD boards out there and it will allow you to upgrade a lot of different things in the future as well. Also, the Asus M4A89GTD isnt bad either.
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