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Iam ready for my first build and want to go Amd dual core,I have heard that Asus and Gigabytye make good mobos.I want to spend about $120 on pcu and mobo from newegg.Can someone reccomend me some good combos.I have the rest of my build picked out,but wanted to make sure the cpu and mobo were a good match.I need video,audio and lan on the mobo.

Edited by kmad61, 02 June 2009 - 03:47 PM.

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...I've been using an AMD dual-core on a Gigabyte m/b for the last two years and it's been fine. (I've been using AMD CPUs since the 486 days...haven't had any reason to complain about them...) Of course, mine is only a 'general-purpose' build (no hardcore gaming, overclocking, etc.); you haven't said if you were interested in those things (but where you're looking for on-board sound, graphics and LAN, I'd probably say you're not). The m/b I'm using is a predecessor of this board:
[url="http://%20<a%20href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128383"%20target="_blank">http://www.newegg.co...16813128383</a>"] http://www.newegg.co...813128383[/url]
(my board is a GA-M61P-S3, socket AM2 (not AM2+), same integrated nVidia 6100 graphics)
...and the EasyTune utility that comes with Gigabyte boards is kinda nice to have; lets you tweak fan settings, etc.
...and the CPU I've been using is this one:
[url="http://%20<a%20href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773"%20target="_blank">http://www.newegg.co...16819103773</a>"] http://www.newegg.co...819103773[/url]
...there are a couple of chips above this one now, but this one seems to have 'staying power'; it's plenty fast for 'general-purpose' use and apparently still getting rave reviews after being on the market for well over two years. There is also a 6000+ Brisbane chip now (65nm instead of 90nm, a bit lower power consumption), but that one appears to be a bit harder to get (Newegg only sells it in a combo, apparently, and their combo does not include a Gigabyte or Asus board).
...Total price at Newegg for the m/b and the 6000+ Windsor CPU adds up to $143, give or take...

...If you decide to use this CPU, it will come with a heat sink/fan assembly that will be adequate, but it wouldn't hurt to perhaps use an oversize cooler (you will run at least 10ºC cooler), and I'd suggest also using at least a 500W power supply...

...and I am in no way an 'expert', but I do have personal experience with this particular CPU/motherboard combination and I will say that, based on that experience, you shouldn't have any problems with it...
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