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Old July 30, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Default Motherboard for FX8120?

It appears I'll be able to purchase an 8120 from a forum member to upgrade my aging BE-2350 based linux box.

My use case are:
Web host (Nginx/SQL)
Media host (flexraid raid-f across a shit ton of drives with some spare adaptec sata cards)
VM using Virtualbox as a service
Additional services as needed
no overclocking

I'm leaning towards a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 for the price at CC or perhaps an Asrock 970 board as they're both cheap.

Am I good to go with either? Any warranty considerations I should know about?

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I keeping seeing Asrock mentioned as a good brand lately...I still won't touch them, after knowing them as being a bottom of the barrel brand I just can't bring myself around

Gigabyte has never been one of my first choices either, however, I do have a Gigabyte G41MT-D3 in my music production system, and although being a pretty low end board, I'm surprised it's lasted me 3 years so far without issue, so in my mind, gigabyte's cheaper boards are quite decent

I did look up the gigabyte board you mentioned, and from what I see, it's got solid state caps which is probably a good sign. it has room for 4 dimms if you wanted to load up more ram. the heatsinks look a decent size though nothing special. I wouldn't expect to run a Crossfire setup with the second full size PCI-e running at only 4X though. The only real complaint I have about it is the clear marking of through-holes to mount a heatsink on the mosfets, but no heatsink, so I wouldn't expect any extreme overclocking out of it, but if that's not a concern, it looks like a decent standard board to just run a system and although I gripe about the lack of mosfet cooling, I've noticed on several newer boards that the mosfets often barely get warm to the touch depending on the IC's used on the board anyway, so that may just be my picky nature.
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Thanks for the reply! I don't believe this will ever be overclocked and the case will be a Rosewill RSV-R4000. Cooling should be good using either the Gigabyte or the Asrock. I'll probably just end up going Gigabyte as it's slightly cheaper. I'm also not worried about the video card as it'll just have a PCI video card in there for emergencies. I'll be sshing into the box as required.

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I keeping seeing Asrock mentioned as a good brand lately...I still won't touch them, after knowing them as being a bottom of the barrel brand I just can't bring myself around

Gigabyte has never been one of my first choices either, however, I do have a Gigabyte G41MT-D3 in my music production system, and although being a pretty low end board, I'm surprised it's lasted me 3 years so far without issue, so in my mind, gigabyte's cheaper boards are quite decent

I did look up the gigabyte board you mentioned, and from what I see, it's got solid state caps which is probably a good sign. it has room for 4 dimms if you wanted to load up more ram. the heatsinks look a decent size though nothing special. I wouldn't expect to run a Crossfire setup with the second full size PCI-e running at only 4X though. The only real complaint I have about it is the clear marking of through-holes to mount a heatsink on the mosfets, but no heatsink, so I wouldn't expect any extreme overclocking out of it, but if that's not a concern, it looks like a decent standard board to just run a system and although I gripe about the lack of mosfet cooling, I've noticed on several newer boards that the mosfets often barely get warm to the touch depending on the IC's used on the board anyway, so that may just be my picky nature.
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ah, i should have read your post a little better then. if it's a nix server then the pci-e limitations for running dual cards are completely redundant. The gigabyte will be just fine for what it has to offer and what you need out of it
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