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    recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    recommend me a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE , upto £70 in value please that likes overclocking if possible

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150278

    They don't really need to be great overclockers given that the chip has an unlocked multi. I'm sure that one is up for some overclocking and it has a fantastic feature set, especially if it were to become the basis of an HTPC later.

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    The 780G motherboard which staffsMike recommended is pretty decent.

    If you can stretch your budget a bit you can either of these two 790GX motherboards:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Biost...ID-OnBoard-VGA

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Biost...SATA-RAID-uATX

    They have the enhanced SB750 southbridge which will be better for overclocking. Also they have the ability to unlock the fourth core of the Phenom II X3 720 if it is stable.


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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Is it better to get the Biostar TA790GX or the J&W??
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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by nvening View Post
    Is it better to get the Biostar TA790GX or the J&W??
    The Biostar boards only have 4 phase power management. The J&W is 5+1 phase.

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    am on the j&w, seems to be a whole lot of interest about this board, and the biostars, on the forums. main thing is that AM3 cpus works with the BIOS supplied, which they do with the J&W(and all gigabyte and MSI boards too). also very good overclocker, hitting 3.4g stable on stock voltages. anything else you want to know?

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    The Biostar boards only have 4 phase power management. The J&W is 5+1 phase.


    I honestly have no idea what that means but i take it 5+1 is better? - google isnt helping XD
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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by nvening View Post


    I honestly have no idea what that means but i take it 5+1 is better? - google isnt helping XD
    i think that is correct yes , as for replacing my mobo would it be better saving and going am3/ddr3 seeing as i already have the am3 cpu . i do not want to replace it for at least a year tbh (spending to much on the system tbh)

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by nvening View Post


    I honestly have no idea what that means but i take it 5+1 is better? - google isnt helping XD
    More phases should give a more stable power source (in theory at least) but, I'm not sure at which point it becomes a waste of time.

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by chaotic_russ View Post
    as for replacing my mobo would it be better saving and going am3/ddr3 seeing as i already have the am3 cpu . i do not want to replace it for at least a year tbh (spending to much on the system tbh)
    In all Honesty, I would get the AMD 720be and use it with an AM2+ board and DDR2. I really don't think the extra expense is worth the little if anything in performance increase.

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    so in other words get a decent am2+ mobo ? , but what is classed a decent mobo and at what cost ?

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    The Biostar 790GX motherboards are able to unlock the fourth core on the Phenom II X3 720(if it is stable) whereas the J&W 790GX cannot at the moment according to the J&W website forums and users on Hexus. The Biostar 790GX motherboards are decent for overclocking it seems fro what I have read.

    DDR3 does not make a huge difference with the AM3 Phenom II processors at the moment and it is better to save the money TBH.


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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    From my research I would say a GA-MA790X-UD4P for ~£95 http://tw.giga-byte.com/Support/Moth...ProductID=3038


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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Biostar 790GX motherboards are able to unlock the fourth core on the Phenom II X3 720(if it is stable) whereas the J&W 790GX cannot at the moment according to the J&W website forums and users on Hexus. The Biostar 790GX motherboards are decent for overclocking it seems fro what I have read.

    DDR3 does not make a huge difference with the AM3 Phenom II processors at the moment and it is better to save the money TBH.
    Neil at J&W is now saying that if the CPU is week 0904 it should unlock ok by setting the ACC to enabled.

    I got bored trying to unlock it as I get fed up keep resetting the BIOS when it won't work. Maybe I should make a lead to extend the BIOS jumper to a sensible location

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    Quote Originally Posted by mikepegg View Post
    From my research I would say a GA-MA790X-UD4P
    From that list, I'd say pretty much anything with a 790-series chipset! I've always liked Gigabyte's 790X-UD4 boards from an external POV - a good basic enthusiast board: none of that extraneous on-board graphics; just the stuff you need to run a faster computer and overclock it some! Interesting that 3.8GHz is obviously eminently acheivable on air with a 720BE. Also interesting that a wide range of manufacturers and chipsets can acheive some pretty decent overclocks: even cheaper 780G mobos - just shows the potential of the processor.

    As to the OQ, I'd go for one of the Biostar boards on this page, this AS Rock board (beware, although it has 2 mechnical x16 slots one of them is only X4, so no CrossFireX for you ), or this MSI board. They're all based on 790GX, and should be decent overclockers, as well as giving you the chance to unlock the 4th core (if it's operational). At £75+ you shouldn't really find any stinkers, though.

    My personal favourite to go with a 720BE would probably be the Biostar TA790GX-XE but that's because I like small computers! It's got everything you realistically need unless you're looking for some serious crossfire action, it's got sideport memory to drag a little bit of extra performance from that HD3300 graphics core (which should also take a healthy overclock, of course),should support a decent enough overclock, and it gives you the choice of nice compact mATX towers as well as hulking great beasts!

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    Re: recommend a mobo for phenom II x3 720BE

    I went for the full size biostar in the end as the J&W was out of stock and the biostar was almost £20 cheaper. As the CPU is multi unlocked OCing should still be fine afaik.
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