I used to use Imageshack years ago, I've not logged into it for ages! I think with all the hardware here, I should start hosting my pics from home!!
Well if I can find another DFI board like mine I will be very happy just in case!! I thought I had another Abit NF7-S here, but sadly not!
Thank you very much for the information, I'll never remember it, but I can always revisit it!!
I'm also toying with the idea of try AM2/AM2+/AM3.. I've been told that one of these boards are the way to go - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASUS-Crosshai ... 4af0ccaa63
Would you say to go for it? I think there might be some points in AMD's offerings, so I'll give them a go! I need to find my water block and such to make sure I half a chance of cooling them! Next trouble is a pump then!!
Thanks for all the help Bones, it's been very much appreciated and awesome!!
No prob with the help.
Shouldn't be too hard to find another LanParty, I see them regularly on fleabay and they're not too expensive unless it's an Expert/Venus - Those typically will run for much more than the others do and for good reason, esp the Venus variant.
First off note that AM3/AM3+ boards normally will not run an AM2/AM2+ chip, there's very few that will period and most of those aren't very good for OC"ing since those are more or less hybrids based on being able to run DDR2 for AM2/AM2+ chips and
DDR3 for AM3/AM3+ chips. I have one of those and it's more or less eh.... why even bother?
As for AM3/AM3+, the board you linked is the older version of the Crosshair V, it's capable of unlocking cores with an AM3 chip if the chip will unlock at all.
However beware, if it's one of the first few made it could have problems. Asus was having issues with the first few batches made and it was an RMA nightmare for them.
The one I have like it is one of the later batches.... Or maybe I just got lucky since it's been rock-solid since I received it via RMA from getting one of those from a early batch, it going wonky after 3 weeks from being new and just having to do it to get a working board. Also be aware it doesn't seem to support properly some of the more recent AM3+ chips, mainly those based on the Vishera core, mine doesn't want to run my 8320 without losing dual channel RAM operation for some reason inspite of doing a BIOS update and there have been some Vishera CPU issues with the older versions period.
Not everyone has had issues with these and Vishera chips but the possibilty exists.
The later version, namely a Crosshair V-Z is good but cannot unlock cores like it's older sibling can do - However it does fully support all AM3+ chips including the 9xxx series but know you may have to do a BIOS update. So far the CHV-Z I have will run anything I've set into it including my 9590 without a problem.
To sum it up - Crosshair V:
Unlocks hidden AM3 chip cores if present and unlockable -
Is a strong OC'ing board but could be risky to get regarding possible problems with the board itself -
May have issues with some of the latest AM3+ chips, BIOS updates may or may not fix them.Crosshair V-Z:
No real issues that stands out overall and is also a strong OC'er -
Supports all AM3+ chips but may have to have it's BIOS updated to run all of them -
Lacks the ability to unlock cores in AM3 chips.
What you get is ultimately up to you.