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    Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    I need a cheap replacement motherboard for a 5200+.

    Will this one be ok?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=28688

    Requirements: on board graphics, micro ATX

    Usage: web browsing/office. Also maybe used for some sound editing/converting in the future.

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    It should be fine although I would get the following MSI motherboard instead:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=575249

    Unlike the Sapphire one it also only requires a 4 pin motherboard secondary power connector and not the newer 4 pin standard. Hence you will be able to re-use an older PSU (providing it is decent enough).


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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    The PSU has the 4 pin power. But I guess that MSI are a better brand than Sapphire...

    Which board would you recommend at £40 and £50. If I can get gigabit, couple more SATAs, more reliable chipset I don't mind spending a little extra.

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    If you want to spend a bit more then the following motherboard will do the job nicely:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-RAID-uATX-VGA

    It has a good array of back panel connectors.



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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Thanks for the suggestion. What do ya think of this one:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    There are so many different Asus motherboards. It is crazy. It is putting me off them tbh. I don't like having to look at 20 different Asus mother boards that all cost within £10 of each other.
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    EDIT: Or this Asus: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...oard-VGA-HDCP?
    or this one, on today only for £55
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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Asus have quick connector, best invention since sliced bread!

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. What do ya think of this one:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...-SATA-RAID-ATX

    There are so many different Asus motherboards. It is crazy. It is putting me off them tbh. I don't like having to look at 20 different Asus mother boards that all cost within £10 of each other.
    ASUS if you read this -> Sort your life out!

    EDIT: Or this Asus: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...oard-VGA-HDCP?
    or this one, on today only for £55
    TBH,the Asus 8200 motherboard I suggested is good enough. The following motherboard has a faster IGP and all solid capacitors:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-uATX-VGA-HDMI

    Either go for this motherboard or the cheaper 8200 one I suggested.


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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Unlike the Sapphire one it also only requires a 4 pin motherboard secondary power connector and not the newer 4 pin standard.
    You mean 8-pin... I was worried they'd changed the ATX power connector for a minute...

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Blaineoliver View Post
    Asus have quick connector, best invention since sliced bread!
    The most pointless gimmick ever unless you have a £10 case

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    On the contrary, even in high-end cases I find it helpful, I wish more board manufacturers would use it.

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by sammorris View Post
    You mean 8-pin... I was worried they'd changed the ATX power connector for a minute...
    I was talking about the older 4 pin ATX connector as newer motherboards have the newer 8 pin EPS one which older PSUs do not have. The MSI motherboard does not have the need for an 8 pin EPS connector.


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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by sammorris View Post
    On the contrary, even in high-end cases I find it helpful, I wish more board manufacturers would use it.
    Yep, I agree with you as it makes the assembly process less fiddly especially when you are building an SFF PC.


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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Agreed, but I like seeing the 8-pin EPS. Usually you can use a 4-pin connector in an 8-pin EPS socket, and the 8-pin connector is IMO a must to run anything beyond a 95W chip safely (because I saw what happened to a 4-pin connector with a 150W overclocked core 2 quad, it wasn't pretty)

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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    There is also a Sapphire 740G based motherboard which has the SB700 southbridge for around £31:

    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...therboard.html


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    Re: Cheap AM2 Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    There is also a Sapphire 740G based motherboard which has the SB700 southbridge for around £31:

    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...therboard.html
    Ordered the Asus M4 780G one. But its gone out of stock

    So I have cancelled the ASUS and ordered this one. Thanks. Don't really need the UVD (well its not worth the extra)

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