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    Default Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Hello All:
    I`m shopping for a micro setup for my wife`s new computer. Can you guys recommend a good
    Gigabyte micro board that will accept AMD`s 555 or 560, 4 gigs of RAM and a few USB ports? Onboard video would be a plus but not essential. Just for solitaire, Outlook, and surfing the web and is dependable.

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    What are you looking to spend? And do you have any models in mind you've already been looking at?

    I don't know very much about AMD, but with a budget in mind and since I know what you are looking to use the system for, I could show you some of the newer boards that would fit your needs - no problem.

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Nvidia chipset models are the cheapest. The best micro-ATX model is GA-880GMA-UD2H which includes support for SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. It sells for $10 more than GA-880GM-UD2H and also supports both 555 and 560 BE.

    GA-880GM-UD2H (latest revision 1.3)
    AMD 880G + SB850 Chipset
    Four DDR3 memory slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1
    Onboard Video Chipset: ATI Radeon HD 4250
    Phenom II X2 560 - requires BIOS Version F7
    Phenom II X2 555 - requires BIOS Version F5 or higher

    GA-MA785GM-US2H (rev. 3.3)
    AMD 785G + SB710 Chipset
    Four DDR2 memory slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1
    Onboard Video Chipset: ATI Radeon HD 4200
    Phenom II X2 555 - requires BIOS Version F5 or higher
    Phenom II X2 560 - not currently supported

    GA-M68MT-D3 (rev. 2.3)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a chipset
    Two DDR3 memory slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1
    Onboard Video Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 7025
    Phenom II X2 560 - requires BIOS Version F3B
    Phenom II X2 555 - not currently supported

    GA-M68M-S2P (rev. 2.3)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a chipset
    Two DDR2 memory slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1
    Onboard Video Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 7025
    Phenom II X2 555 - requires BIOS Version FA
    Phenom II X2 560 - not currently supported
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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Thanks lsdmeasap and Reggie for your help. I`m going to try and keep the MB, CPU, and memory under 350 or so. No prob if it runs a little over but the PC won`t have a lot of demand placed on it. I have a GA-MA770T-UD3P and AMD550BE, with Gigabyte HD4350 vid card, and GSKill memory and was hoping for something comparable in a micro board. That way my learning curve won`t be too steep setting up a new PC. Dependability is the main thing and I do like AMD and Gigabyte. Thanks again and hope you have a good weekend.

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Maybe this for $69
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    Or this for $99
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    There would be cheaper options, as well as more expensive ones too, just not sure what price you are looking to spend on the board.

    If you did want to go really cheap, and options/features didn't matter you could get open box or the same or lesser chipset (The above two are newer than 770 chipsets)

    Such as this for $64
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    Or any of these 3 (2 are Nvidia) for $49
    Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Motherboards,AMD Motherboards,GIGABYTE,$25 - $50

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Lsdmeasap; Thanks for your reply. I like the GA-880etc. The price is about right and I wanted to go with DDR3 memory. Looks like it`s time to pull out the plastic.

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Looks like a decent choice to me too, but if you wanted to opt for cheaper model I'm sure she'd be just as happy.

    It's more about the CPU and memory you use that's going to make the system more responsive, of course the chipset and board does play into it all a bit too.

    If you wanted a DDR2 board sorry, I didn't think of that. If you'd like me to look again for DDR2 options let me know

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Thanks, Lsdmeasap:

    You know I was thinking maybe DDR2 would be okay. I mean, even if I get a DDR3 board by the time it wears out or is no longer adequate for the applications, We`d probably be at DDR12 or something and trying to keep up is pointless with a web surfer. Okay, Thanks again and now I will have to decide which way to go. You`ve been very kind.

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    To be honest you'd be better off using DDR3. The price of DDR2 has gotten quite silly lately. Also, 2GB should be more than enough for a system that will never ever see a 3D game. Everything will run perfectly fine with 2GB as long as you're not planning on using Vista. You'll also probably cut your RAM costs by 50-60% by going for a 2GB kit (2x1GB).

    An even better idea would be ebay. There are some extremely cheap CPU's, RAM and boards on there.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: Micro ATX for AMD 555 or 560 BE opinions please

    Thanks Psycho101:

    Yes I think I`ll stick with DDR3. And I will check out ebay Thanks for the information on that. I appreciate you guys help

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