What mobo to choose?

June 26, 2010 at 10:04:53
Specs: Windows 7 64-bit
Hi everyone,
I just bought a Phenom II 965 Black Ed. and two sticks of 2 gig OCZ Special Ops. DDR3 1600 RAM (timings are 8-8-8-24) for a new system I'm building. I also have a 750 watt coolermaster PSU and an MSI gts 250 1gig graphics card. I am having trouble deciding what motherboard to buy to bring all these pieces together. I am looking for something that will give me the best bang for my buck. I use my computer mostly for gaming and engineering applications but I want to give myself the ability to do some overclocking in the future (I know the RAM isnt great for OC'ing but when I do i plan on buying a kit better suited for it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, I dont think there are any AMD boards out there that suppost SLi (correct me if Im wrong) but if there are any that have the promise of adding support in a future bios update, thats a plus for me.

Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions.


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#1
June 26, 2010 at 12:59:01
"I know the RAM isnt great for OC'ing but when I do i plan on buying a kit better suited for it"

The Phenom II only supports up to DDR3-1333. That is the speed your DDR3-1600 RAM will run at...you have plenty of overclocking headroom.

Here's a board to consider:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#2
June 26, 2010 at 13:34:46
Thanks for the suggestion, that board is exactly what I was looking for lol. I have a question as to the RAM speed limitations on the Phenom II. In this article they test a Phenom II with a variety of RAM speeds, DDR3 1600 being one. Does this mean they had to overclock the system to attain that speed?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#3
June 26, 2010 at 15:28:18
No, they ran all testing at the default 3.2 Ghz. If you read the last paragraph on the last page, they did test with a very mild overclock of 3.4Ghz to show cpu speed has more of an effect than ram speeds.

http://www.tomshardware.com/gallery...

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