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Old 10-25-2007, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What budget AM2 board should I look into?

I'm planning to get on the Phenom bandwagon and as soon as I sell my old system, I want to start building an AMD/Nvidia system (when the parts are available, obviously).

Right now, I'm very content with the Gigabyte P35-DS3L price point and performance (it's the current board I have). It offers amazing overclocking options for the price and it's built pretty solid.

What's the DS3L equivalent in the AM2 line of motherboards? Seems to me like the Asus boards are the most popular ones, particularly the ASUS M2N-E, but I really don't like Asus boards that much, but maybe it's a completely different story on the AMD side, I have no clue...

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Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TF560 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Cheaper than DS3L and offers RAID. Not sure about the overclockability, but this looks to be a good budget board. Plus, it's AM2+.

Here's a review on it:
AnandTech: Biostar TF560 A2+: Overclocking NVIDIA's new nForce 560
...lookin' good so far.

I hear this is quite good:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


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