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Mobo for X2 550 and HD 4850

By jithint
Aug 18, 2009
  1. I'm getting a new PC. I decided on an AMD Phenom II X2 550 for CPU and HD 4850 512 MB for GPU. Please suggest an AM2+ motherboard. I don't plan to go X-fire and won't be doing much overclocking. It should support two IDE/PATA drives. My budget is $100. Will 4 GB 800MHz DDR2 be enough? I read in ASUS's website that Windows XP does not recognize more than 3GB RAM. Is it right?
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Windows XP will recognize 3 GB in some machines, and 3.5 GB of the 4 GB installed in a few others.
    Any board designed for the AMD will work well if made by ASUS, Gagabyte, MSI, Biostar, ECS Elitegroup...
    We like the ASUS M4A78 or ASUS M4A785TD, MSI 770-C45, and Elitegroup ECS GF8200A or A785GM-M which all slide under your $100 limit.
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,428   +27

    The GA-MA770-UD3 is a great board, as is the GA-MA785G-UD3H. Both fit your budget, and will work splendidly with your current parts.

    raybay's recommendations are excellent, save for the ECS boards, which I have seen a lot of problems with, which biases my opinion against them.
     
  5. jithint

    jithint TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks a lot for the replies guys.
     
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