OT:AMD Phenom motherboard for FC9

RS ravi2boxster at gmail.com
Wed May 21 18:29:10 UTC 2008


On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 11:55 PM, Mick M. <off_by_1 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi;
>  Now that F9 is out I thought I would build a new system.
> I want to use the AMD Phenom quad core cpu.
> I only upgrade hardware every few years so this is a big jump from Athlon
> 2500 with 512M memory.
>
> I have been researching which motherboard to get and keep running into
> snags.
> Newegg reviews have confused me.
> It seems that a lot of motherboards are NOT Phenom ready.
> Bad bios etc.
> How do you update the bios when it won't even post?


Good quality mobo's like Gigabyte and ASUS can be flashed using a USB stick.
The problems with Phenom compatibility is usually to do with the wattage
rating of the CPU. 125W CPU's are a problem with low and mid-end class
mobo's 89W and 95W ones are OK. I have a Gigabyte 690G chipset based board
and I can confirm that the 95W CPU's work fine. The new 780G based ones are
good too. The best mobo for the Phenom quad seems to be the MSI K9A2
Platinum - goes for 150-160$ online...The 780G goes for 80-90$.

Also it's handy to keep a cheap Athlon X2 or Sempron (40$ nowadays?) aside
for flashing BIOS's in case your brand new CPU does not POST...

my 2c,
Ravi


>
>
> Here is AMD's recommended Mb's
>
> http://products.amd.com/en-us/RecommendedMBResult.aspx?f1=AMD+Phenom%e2%84%a2+X4+Quad-Core&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=&f6=&f7=&
>
> Would you listers that have actually built a system and had it work right
> off recomend a setup?
>
> Thanks
>  Mick M
> Death before Decaf!!!
>
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