Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


4943 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 101

Trusted

Topic # 191085 22-Jan-2016 18:04
Send private message

Picked up one of these CPU's on a recent US trip and 16GB of DDR3 Crucial RAM

 

Decided to get the MB back here since that if that fails it's easier to return than if I got that in the US also.

 

Goal is good system for games (not high-end) and general web browsing etc.

 

Thought I would go for one of these MB's

 

http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4727#ov

 

The CPU has built-in graphics which should be pretty good but can upgrade the graphics later if he wishes.

 

Probably put Windows 7 on it(though he has the upgrade to 10), 256GB SSD.

 

The price is right for this MB 

 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=MBDGBM3150&name=Gigabyte-F2A88XM-HD3-AMD-A88X-for-Socket-FM2+-FM2-

 

 

 

but thoughts on alternatives would be appreciated

 

Thanks





System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


My Google+ page 

 

 

 

https://plus.google.com/+laurencechiu

 

 


Create new topic
4053 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 535

Trusted

  Reply # 1477006 22-Jan-2016 18:22
Send private message

Yeah I was looking at o e of those boards also. Mainly for the 8 sata ports to run my server. Probably a similer specced a10 cpu, and my existing 32gb of ram ( I run a number of vms, that why the excessive memory).





Previously known as psycik

NextPVR: 
Gigabyte AMD A8 Brix --> Samsung LA46A650D via HDMI, NextPVR,
OpenHAB: ODroid C2 eMMC DriveOpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller, Raspberry PI, Wemos D1 Mini, Zwave and Bluetooth LE Sensors
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 2012 
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex


663 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 98

Subscriber

  Reply # 1477062 22-Jan-2016 20:20
Send private message

I have the same motherboard on my son's PC, hosting an A6-7400K.

 

It's mainly used for web browsing and gaming at 1366x768.

 

Seems to handle basic things fine, with that CPU we had to turn down settings for the Battlefront Beta.

 

But the board is fine and a cheap Kaveri option

 

 

 

 


83 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 21


  Reply # 1477886 24-Jan-2016 18:48
Send private message

lurker:

 

I have the same motherboard on my son's PC, hosting an A6-7400K.

 

It's mainly used for web browsing and gaming at 1366x768.

 

Seems to handle basic things fine, with that CPU we had to turn down settings for the Battlefront Beta.

 

But the board is fine and a cheap Kaveri option

 

 

 

 

 

+1 this motherboard. Literally just finished building my HTPC with an A6-7400k, the GA-F2A88XM-HD3 & a Silvestone PS08 case. Went with that motherboard because of the 8x Sata ports (Im using 4x 3TB HDDs in a parity Storage Spaces setup). Plays all my blurays @ 1080p on my TV with no issues. 

 

 

 

Whatever you do do not buy the OCZ Trion SSDs (https://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?itemID=432931). This thing is slower than spindle HDDs (real world noticeable performance issues).

 

 

 

 




4943 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 101

Trusted

  Reply # 1478875 26-Jan-2016 10:46
Send private message

jhsol:

lurker:


I have the same motherboard on my son's PC, hosting an A6-7400K.


It's mainly used for web browsing and gaming at 1366x768.


Seems to handle basic things fine, with that CPU we had to turn down settings for the Battlefront Beta.


But the board is fine and a cheap Kaveri option


 


 


+1 this motherboard. Literally just finished building my HTPC with an A6-7400k, the GA-F2A88XM-HD3 & a Silvestone PS08 case. Went with that motherboard because of the 8x Sata ports (Im using 4x 3TB HDDs in a parity Storage Spaces setup). Plays all my blurays @ 1080p on my TV with no issues. 


 


Whatever you do do not buy the OCZ Trion SSDs (https://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?itemID=432931). This thing is slower than spindle HDDs (real world noticeable performance issues).


 


 




Just finished the build this weekend. Using a A10-7700K and Samsung 240GB SSD the build was fine. We put Windows 7 on first (not sure why my son wanted to do that) and after zillions of updates, it did the upgrade to 10.

Only strange thing that I have noticed is that the board doesn't apparently have an onboard speaker or a connetor for an external case speaker so we can't hear POST codes.




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


My Google+ page 

 

 

 

https://plus.google.com/+laurencechiu

 

 


Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.