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Old 10-28-2008, 07:14 AM   #1
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4x1GB PC6400 DDR2 800 G-skill
1x 8800GT 512mb PCI-e 2.0
2x 320gb SATA Hard Drive
TX750w Corsair PSU



I have been reading the AMD 770-790 chipsets and all of them claim to be unable to fully handle a 125tdp phenom. Yet most boards claim to support it so I am confused.

I have around 100 bucks to spend on the board but every board I find and research they all claim it can't handle it yet the site does...adds to my novices confusion.


I was looking at this board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130173

shows 3 bios updates for 9850...
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...ncat_no=1#menu

Future upgrades would be maybe a 4870 512mb when it drops in price....but next major upgrade will be when DDR3 and 4ghz quad cores are out or a year+. I won the 9850be so its a hell of a upgrade over my 2.3ghz X2 4400+.

Is there a better choice? I don't overclock and the phenom is this one here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103249


Also the board on newegg says 1066 DDR2 only but on the main site of MSI it says
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...=&prod_no=1431

Supports Dual DDR2 533/667/800/1066 (1066 for AM2+ only) does the "1066 for AM2+ only" mean you must have 1066 memory to run AM2+ CPU or you can only run that speed if you HAVE a AM2+ CPU?

Sadly I wont have my CPU or MB on Wensday since I finally sold them. So any help would be GREATLY appreciated.


Also will the phenom boot up and allow me to update the bios through the live update? I never updated bios since I never had to so I wanna make sure I don't need a fully working PC to update the bios.
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:20 AM   #2
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I would definitely go with a 780G board over a 770 any day. Better south bridge, better overclocking capabilities, more features and most are capable of handling all Phenoms.

This ASUS model for $79 has 5 phase power and can support the 9950 with ease.
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says it supports 1066....will it allow me to use ddr2 800 memory?
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:00 AM   #4
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Yes.
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