need help choosing a mobo for my 2600x

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by tantalus, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. tantalus

    tantalus Limp Gawd

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    I'm building a new rig around a 2600x I just scored. I'll likely get a new or used 480/580 or 570 gpu, haven't settled on which one yet. I'm gonna use an NvME drive eventually.

    I need a new mobo, and could use some advice. I prefer ATX form factor.

    I won't be overclocking. I would like onboard wifi, and I would like good sound. Most importantly, I want the board to be stable, reliable, and longlasting. I'm willing to pay for these features, but I don't give a rip about lights and other bells and whistles. I don't want to pay much more than $150 (mainly because I feel I don't need to) and I'm willing to shop around for a month or two.

    I've done some reading, but can't quite tell what I need. I understand that good VRM is important, but I can't tell if that's just for OCing or not.

    The option that seems best to me is the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC. But I'd love to hear your suggestions!
     
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  2. pavel

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    I think that B450 mobo is the best choice for what you want - the specs are good and I read that it is the best out of the B450 mobos. I will even consider it if I don't go with an X470 mobo. If you are not overlcocking, then it seems to be a good choice.
     
  3. tantalus

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    Some of the reviews I saw said it was better than some X470s. Is there any reason to go X470? Allegedly better board components, but it's hard to figure out which board has the best hardware. I certainly don't need SLI.
     
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    Good question. I've been asking this myself. I've noticed in some discussions and reviews, that there is a claim that B450 mobos don't have as good vrm - but, that's comparing B450 boards with top of the line X470 motherboards which might not be a fair comparison. The B450 MSI pro Carbon is said to be as good as the top X470 mobos - just w/o as many features - but, I looked at the specs and it's probably all I need. The only question mark might be how much can you OC a cpu on that board - but, if you're not overclocking, it doesn't really apply?
    I might OC but I might not. But, if I wanted to, how well is the cooling? How good is the vrm? I guess we have to wait until someone who has looked at the board or find reviews to find out?
     
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    I don't really understand the tech specs here (nor the reputation of the website), but the difference is alleged to be minimal on the VRM and the B450 Gming Pro Carbon is said to have better cooling.

    https://www.techspot.com/bestof/amd-b450-motherboards/
     
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    Another problem with this mobo is that it seems to be OOS everywhere.... :(
     
  7. Jandor

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    Get an Asus B450 Prime board. No led everywhere and has all needed features. Don't OC your CPU. It's already close to optimal.
     
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    That Gigabyte board looks like it has great (for the price) audio hardware, which is important to me. No wifi, though it's not a dealbreaker.
     
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  10. Jandor

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    If you want ECC support, look at Asus. Most AM4 cards are compatible. However, some, and not the lower end, seem to be compatible without enabling ECC feature. It is mentioned on Asus page of the mainboard if ECC is supported and used as ECC.
    Gigabyte has few AM4 cards compatible with ECC. The AB350n, the AX370 gaming 5 (not K5) and gaming 7 and K7, and the new b450i and X470 Gaming 7. All these mainboards are made of 6 layer. There may be some intentional oberall stability into thise that is compatible with what people wish when they buy ECC.
    Asrock, as usual offer the best for the bucks. Not sure that the quality is on par with the stability needed for ECC, but the support is there everywhere on AM4, except on some old BIOSes. Mind to check out.
    No ECC support on AM4 at MSI.

    ECC is some neglected feature that could add to the quality of work on a professional computer.
     
  11. Jandor

    Jandor n00b

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    Just put a CPU cooler that blows the air over the mainboard. It will cool not only the CPU but also the RAM and the chipset.