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Asrock 960GM-GS3 FX

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      22.08.2012 19:16
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      A cheap and cheerful motherboard, ideal for gamers on a budget

      When building your own PC, the heart of everything is the motherboard.

      All components and wiring go through your motherboard, and therefore it's important to make sure everything works with it.

      The ASRock 960GM-GS3 FX motherboard is a cheap and cheerful motherboard, it has the capacity to hold a powerful 8 core AMD CPU, with up to 125W of power, as long as it uses a AM3 or AM3+ socket, which most do. On the box, it is stated that the motherboard is designed to work with AMD Phenom II x6 (6 core) and AMD Athlon II processors.

      It supports DDR3 RAM, up to 8GB in total, 2 slots, so 4GB in each slot, it supports up to 1333MHZ RAM with all CPU's, and up to 2100MHZ with an AM3+ CPU.

      There are 4 USB ports in the rear of the motherboard, as well as 2 PS/2 ports for any older keyboard/mice you want to use with it.

      It includes your standard set of ports, such as VGA, Ethernet, and your headphone/microphone ports etc.

      An ATI HD 3000 series graphics card is in-built into the motherboard, it is worth nothing that this is a very weak GPU, and if you play games, you should definitely purchase a separate graphics card, as the in-built one will struggle to play any games made after 2006 or so.

      There is a PCI-e 2 x16 port that can be used for a dedicated GPU, if you're into games. As well as 2 PCI ports, ideal for a sound card or Network Interface Card (NIC). A PCI-e 2 x1 port is also available, which can be used for a NIC as well.

      There are power ports to supply power to a CPU fan, a Chassis fan and a Power fan.

      The motherboard is a Micro-ATX design, which should fit into an ATX casing fine.

      There are 4 SATA2 connectors, for any drives you wish to fit.

      Really this is a basic cheap motherboard, ideal for building a gaming PC if you are on a budget, if you're into video editing, you may want to go with a motherboard that has a higher RAM limit than 8GB, but for gaming, it is fine for the moment.


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