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Bought the CM2x1024-6400c4dhx from newegg along with the following


7900 GS Video Card from Best Buy

Brisbane 4000 x2 processor


I just don't know what to do for a motherboard. Please help, from my research the last few weeks. I have narrowed it down to the following:


Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4

Biostar Tforce 550

MSI k9n Sli Platinum




I only have one video card, just want to run windows properly along with some gaming. Please recommend a stable motherboard that will take away any headaches, thanks for all the help

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I have the biostar tforce550 (check my specs) its runs brisbanes fine. I have windsor EE in it oclocks like a dream for me too. Sure some clock higher but for the price, its hard to top its features. Stablity- ya, I havent had any stablilty issues at all-been a while since I had a board that just worked. I have nothing bad to say about this board and I would buy another in a instant.:):


The mosfets DID get hotter on version one of this board, but that was when it first came out (same times as brisbanes released). ITs now on rev 3 I think and they dropped the linear power supply for switching type (not resistance like linear) which dropped the heat. Just thought Id let ya know if you do get one, get it from newegg or tigerdirect where your sure the board is more recent version.

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Thanks for the quick reply, I saw a post earlier by an expert that had the same board and he mentioned that he got it from newegg for around $60, but I can't find it at newegg (maybe discontinued is there model number exactly tforce 550 or is there a different number)??? One other question, is there a big difference between nforce 550, 570, or 590, read a little on google, but guessing not too much of a perforce diff? Thanks again...
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All the nforce 5xx chipset are similar. Thats is based on the nforce5 chipset. For instance a 550 is very similar to 570, just that 570 adds sli and of course raises cost some. A 570 sli board is about $80 at newegg.


There is the NEW one that supports both am2 and am2+ which would support the new line of amd cpus aswell. That is $80 also, if it were me Id get the future cpu support over sli feature. A faster single card uses less power usually with less headaches concerning compat issues and drivers.



I would recomend the Tforce line if looking at biostar as it is there higher end series.


You can use this link http://www.biostar-usa.com/mbdetails.asp?model=tforce+550

to compair those boards to the tforce550, I think the 550 is being phased out now that the 570 is close to its price and the 560 is the newest that supports am2+ cpus. Guess no roomor need for the tforce550 in their line anymore.


Again if it were buying right now it would be the 560 hands down (since 550 is gone)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138081


1000 ethernet, 10 channel sound, 4 sata with raid, am2+. Its a good deal at $80.

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