Motherboard reliability/issues

Asrock / K10n78
January 1, 2010 at 10:36:55
Specs: Windows XP Home, Athlon64 4000+
Has anyone used the ASRock K10N78. I need to change my motherboard and I am trying to find an AM2/AM2+ mobo that supports PCI-E 2.0 and DDR2 533MHz RAM.

From everything I've read, this board appears to be really good value for money and is reliable. Has anyone experienced issues with this mobo? I will be trying to run an XP system on it with plans to upgrade to Windows 7 when I can afford to.

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January 1, 2010 at 10:48:21
Look at the customer reviews at the link below. is a great place to buy hardware.

Use the filters after selecting motherboards to narrow down the search using your parameters.

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January 1, 2010 at 10:55:47
Why buy board based on nvidia chipset? Buy board based on amd chipset since u want igp, i recommend good review board with amd chipset 785g or 790gx, 790gx chipset has faster igp.

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January 1, 2010 at 12:15:03
Thanks for the suggestion but I will be using an nvidia GeForce 9800GT graphics card and therefore, I don't actually need integrated graphics. My current system spec is unable to support hybrid SLi so I did consider an AMD chipset.

The 9800GT was meant to replace a failed 7900GS. I did thoroughly research the card beforehand and even had an assurance from my mobo manufacturer that it would work. Then when it failed to work, somebody else at ASUS confirmed that there is a known issue with my VIA K8T890 chipset. The card is OK but I've opened the packaging and used it, so returning it could be problematic.

I've looked at newegg and the feedback for the K10N78 looks promising.

My main problem has been finding a board that supports 533MHz DDR2. I was on a tight budget when building the machine and unfortunately used 533MHz DDR2 because it was the cheapest memory available at the time. I have looked at a few PCI-E 2.0 boards that use AMD chipsets but they don't seem to support the RAM I'm using. If I had spare cash, I would upgrade my RAM to 800MHz DDR2 but at the moment I'm on a tight budget. My main concern is finding a board and chipset that both support PCI-E 2.0.

Can you suggest any AMD chipset boards that would meet these requirements?

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January 1, 2010 at 12:39:21
I have good experience with asrock,check the board "asrock a785gm-le/128m" but i heard athlons x2 works well with ddr2 800 and phenom works well with ddr2 1066. U mention 9800gt i assume u have good psu to run it.

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January 1, 2010 at 12:41:05
Well, the reviews on newegg for that board are as follows. 51 total reviews with 10 of them giving one egg. Most because the board wouldn't POST. 20% crap rating is not good IMO.

What processor are you running?

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January 1, 2010 at 13:18:58
Ok how about biostar a785ge?

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January 1, 2010 at 20:05:08
Intel chipsets are best for Intel CPUs, AMD chipsets are best for AMD CPUs.

nvidia chipsets have been losing ground, VIA & SiS based boards are almost non-existant. Unless you're a diehard nvidia fanboy, the only reason to get an nvidia based board would be to run SLi.

And DDR2-533 will hurt your system's performance. You should be running DDR2-800. Any board you get will support DDR2-533 even though it's not listed at the retailer's site. Try the board manufacturer's website for the full specs. I'm not necessarily recommending the following boards, I'm just posting them as an example of memory support:

And if you were to have gone to the ASRock site, you'd see the board you mentioned also supports DDR2-533:

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January 2, 2010 at 02:24:00
I know the K10N78 definately supports DDR2-533 so that's why I've been looking at it. I am unsure as to which boards support it because the web pages weren't clear. The Biostar and ECS boards look good, and I'll have a look at them.

My CPU is an Athlon 64 4000+.

I do plan to upgrade to DDR2-800 but I currently need to get the motherboard and then when I can afford it, RAM.

I wasn't planning on changing anything but the graphics card but I'm not downgrading my performance just so that I can get a card that fits my current mobo!

I do have a PSU capable of running the 9800GT. I checked the system requirements before purchasing it so that I know it will work.

I don't know what to make of Micro-ATX boards. They're shorter and wider which could make fitting one into my case somewhat interesting. My case is a midi tower and while I know that a full ATX board will fit, I'm not so sure about it taking the width of a Micro-ATX board.

Thanks for all the support and suggetsions if you think of any other mobos, feel free to sugget them!

I'm keeping an open mind so far. Any board I get must be availabe in the UK, since that's where I live.

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