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These are the 3 I’m currently looking at.



Gigabyte GA-MA770-S3 - $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128327



Asus M3A – $89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131234



MSI K9A2 - $89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130138



I'm looking to spend $90 or less before shipping.

This is the CPU I'm using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103767

This is the Video card I'm using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127328

Purchasing ram along with the Motherboard. Haven't decided on what ram to go with yet. Going to spend about $60 on ram so the most I can get for that is what I'll be getting.
 

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These are the 3 I’m currently looking at.



Gigabyte GA-MA770-S3 - $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128327



Asus M3A – $89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131234



MSI K9A2 - $89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130138



I'm looking to spend $90 or less before shipping.

This is the CPU I'm using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103767

This is the Video card I'm using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127328

Purchasing ram along with the Motherboard. Haven't decided on what ram to go with yet. Going to spend about $60 on ram so the most I can get for that is what I'll be getting.
I've built 3 systems with MSI boards using AMD X64 and I will continue to use MSI board I never have a problem with them. I got one Intel P4 using Biostar MOBO which I had built. I won't buy Biostar again.

AMD X64 X2 or X4 (really X3) should be fine.. Overclock them and enjoy some extra speed is what I do!
 

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Both the AMD/ATI 780G and the NVIDIA Ge-Force 8200 are good chipsets.

The new AMD chipsets are kicking ass.... the 780G is nice. Even though the CPU is slower than a Core 2, the combo of 780G and a Phenom 9x50 is usually quicker than a Core 2 Quad and Intel's nasty G3x chipset.

Now, add a GPU in the PCIe x16 slot and the Core 2 will kick ass...... but for basic rigs, the 780G can't be beat. They may be budget oriented chipsets but performance is very good.
 

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Just trying to get my posts up to 15 so I can PM HARDWAREGUY for help.
Computer I'm building this week:
ASUS M2N SLI DELUXE AMD AM2
AMD ATHALON 64 X2 6000+
DIMM DDR2 4GB 800MHZ
ST 250GB SATA HARD DRIVE
UPGRADE PS TO 550W
VGA PNY GEFORCE 8500GT 512M PCIE
LITESCRIBE 20X SATA DVDRX
$577
Add the case, operating system, key/mouse, floppy, speakers, and 22" wide screen lcd
$1100
 

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What ever you do, avoid using Nvidia raid with vista 64bit... I am still having issues with strange slow downs, and its related to my raid array... But yea, my vote on MSI, I have had four systems with MSI boards, only one that went out had a Nforce 3 chipset and that chipset died, I purchased another brand with the same chipset later on, and for some reason that board also died, so, msi is my bet, I have seen a few good cheap asus boards though...
 

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These are the 3 I’m currently looking at.



Gigabyte GA-MA770-S3 - $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128327



Asus M3A – $89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131234



MSI K9A2 - $89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130138



I'm looking to spend $90 or less before shipping.

This is the CPU I'm using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103767

This is the Video card I'm using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127328

Purchasing ram along with the Motherboard. Haven't decided on what ram to go with yet. Going to spend about $60 on ram so the most I can get for that is what I'll be getting.
AMD eh? I have used AMD for years now but they're getting their ass kicked by Intel and they were also stupid enough to buy ATi. I had to switch back. I just bought an ASUS P5N-D motherboard, Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale.. Adding 4GB OCZ Vista Performance Platinum RAM probably today if it arrives.

I was running AMD A64 XP 3700+ Clawhammer, Overclocked to 2.6GHz, 2GB OCZ Platinum Gamer EL RAM, ASUS K8N-E Deluxe motherboard.. it finally failed me. It's 8-years old; I have no complaints, but not good timing. Did not want to have to buy computer parts right now.
 

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Atleast ATI doesn't have issues with there mobile GPU's like Nvidia has had with a few of the 8xxx series cards.... And as far as I am concerned, I now hate Nvidia, I have had nothing but troubles with there GPU's and newer chipsets, it is either an Intel chipset or an AMD chipset for me from now on... Intel for customers, AMD/ATI for me...
 

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Atleast ATI doesn't have issues with there mobile GPU's like Nvidia has had with a few of the 8xxx series cards.... And as far as I am concerned, I now hate Nvidia, I have had nothing but troubles with there GPU's and newer chipsets, it is either an Intel chipset or an AMD chipset for me from now on... Intel for customers, AMD/ATI for me...
I can easily top that. Just earlier this morning I was playing GTA San Andreas, killing people, you know, the usual.. and this ATi Radeon piece of **** started to chop, 20 minutes into the game, and in another 5 was so ****ing slllloooowwww i just quit the game! haha :p i haaate ati. typical radeon heat n chop. and the only reason I have this crappy card is because I already had it from another machine inadvertantly and used it while I save some money for a nVidia card - one that works. haha. :) *poke*

..And in 10 years, I have never, ever had nVidia GPUs fudge off on me.. never.. and I beat the piss out of them. This Radeon X1300 256MB PCI-e is supposed to be just as fast as my BFG nVidia GeForce 7600GS OC 512MB AGP - and it's not even close. If you look at the benchmarks, it should perform just as well and it outright sucks.

Just to recap: I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. I hate ATi. haha
 

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Never know, maybe you were running low on memory or too much software running in the background causing the HD to grind data too much at once. The only quick way to check for sure is run the game again and then check the temp of the GPU, if its over the recommended temp then its the card. If the temp is normal check your system resources and what software is running in the background IE a software update or something.
 

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Had excellent experiences with ASUS MoBo running AMD cpu. MSI is good also, but have no much experience with them.
Be sure to read comments on a specific MoBo before using them with Vista. Vista still has a lot of issues, specially with software-based RAID, some video drivers and performance in general.
I use Xubuntu on most of my machines, and Windows 2K3 on the rest. Cannot use Vista due to compatibility issues on most of the software we run.
 

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Never know, maybe you were running low on memory or too much software running in the background causing the HD to grind data too much at once. The only quick way to check for sure is run the game again and then check the temp of the GPU, if its over the recommended temp then its the card. If the temp is normal check your system resources and what software is running in the background IE a software update or something.
hehe. dude, this is an ASUS P5N-D 750i with Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz and 4GB OCZ Platinum XTC Vista Performance RAM, Sata 16MB Cache SataII drive and it's Diskeeper defragmented with automatic defrag set. It's not the computer - it's the card. It's a typical Radeon. All Radeons do it and so do the shitty rage chipset. ;)
 
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