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    Budget AM3 is here!

    Hadn't looked at motherboards for a few weeks because my money for new build miraculously disappeared during our house move ( ), but was browsing today and found MSI have an AMD 770-based AM3 motherboard out. With the recent release of dual-core Phenom II and Athlon II, you can now build yourself an AM3 / DDR3 system at very reasonable cost Extremely tempted to finally replace my aging Socket A office machine at home...

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    Lightbulb Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    Good spot!

    By "True Blu-ray Audio Support" does it mean uncompressed HD audio output?

    Am I correct in thinking AM3 boards support DDR3 RAM whereas AM2 are DDR2 only?

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    If it is, it's a shame it is a full sized motherboard. uATX would be good.

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    I believe that manufacturers *could* build AM3 boards with DDR2 RAM support if they wanted to, as AM3 processors have a hybrid memory controller. However, since AM3 processors will also run in AM2 sockets that'd be kind of pointless!

    I've put together an office / light gaming build on ebuyer based around that mobo, using 4GB OCZ Reaper DDR3-1333, which has amazingly tight CL6 timings! That pack is only £58, comparing very favourably with their 4GB DDR2-1066, which cost £53 and are timed at CL5! DDR3 is definitely getting cheap enough for mainstream builds...

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    If it is, it's a shame it is a full sized motherboard. uATX would be good.
    I suspect we'll get a lot more mATX AM3 motherboards when 785G is officially released... I'm looking forward to it

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    This could form the basis of a nice budget gaming system:

    AMD 770 AM3 motherboard

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/165438

    4gb DDR3 RAM

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164791

    Phenom II X2 550

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166518

    HD4830

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159710

    Coolermaster case and PSU

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161317

    DVD rewriter

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/156129

    640gb hard disk

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144339

    The total comes to just under £390 including free Supersaver delivery. Use windows 7 RC1 and you will have a very nice system for the price. The Sapphire HD4830 also has the lowest idle power consumption of any HD4830 I have read about.

    Edit!!

    The motherboard comes with an SB750 southbridge according to Ebuyer! If this is true it maybe possible to unlock the CPU to a quad core!!

    Second edit!!

    According to MSI it has an SB710 southbridge:

    http://tw.msi.com/index.php?func=pro...2]770-C45#menu

    Perhaps it is worth checking with Ebuyer for the correct details.
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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The motherboard comes with an SB750 southbridge according to Ebuyer! If this is true it maybe possible to unlock the CPU to a quad core!!
    I noticed that - but was slightly confused by the fact that it doesn't list RAID5 in the feature set. I'd've expected it to have the SB710 tbh, but even then it'd still have the core-unlocking ACC instructions. Certainly I doubt there's any great saving to be made using the SB700 instead of one of the 710 or 750, and I anticipate all AM3 boards having one of those two - so overclocking goodies for everyone

    First edit following CAT's second! Haha - I am psychic! SB710 sounds much more likely, and I'd assume that's right personally. Of course, SB710 still includes ACC - so unlocked cores ahoy!

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    I added a link to the MSI website in my previous post. It looks like the motherboard has the SB710 southbridge and all solid capacitors.


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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    scaryjim's ninja editing skills are getting quicker it seems.

    staffsMike does not have the monopoly on ninja editing on Hexus anymore.....muhahahahahah!!


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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    scaryjim's ninja editing skills are getting quicker it seems.

    staffsMike does not have the monopoly on ninja editing on Hexus anymore.....muhahahahahah!!
    Meh - I'm barely approaching padawan-standard editing skills: be a long time before I can claim ninja status, let alone fully-fledged jedi (this is not the southbridge you are looking for...)

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The motherboard comes with an SB750 southbridge according to Ebuyer! If this is true it maybe possible to unlock the CPU to a quad core!!
    How easy/straight forward is that? I'm still undecided whether to stick with Intel for my new build or revert back to AMD. Fancy a quad-core either way, preferably energy efficient model with an eye on value. Unlocking an AMD dual-core or tri-core might be another option.

    Nice shopping list for under £400 btw.

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    Re: Budget AM3 is here!

    Quote Originally Posted by cheekster View Post
    How easy/straight forward is that? I'm still undecided whether to stick with Intel for my new build or revert back to AMD. Fancy a quad-core either way, preferably energy efficient model with an eye on value. Unlocking an AMD dual-core or tri-core might be another option.

    Nice shopping list for under £400 btw.

    Cheekster.
    It seems that the motherboard comes with an SB710 southbridge which has ACC too. There is this Biostar AM3 790GX motherboard(Biostar TA790GX A3+) too for around £89:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    There is also the 65w 2.5ghz AMD Phenom II X4 905e for around £143:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx

    The 3ghz Phenom II X4 940 is also available for around the same price.

    The X4 905e seems to be not bad for power consumption though!



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