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Hey guys,

 

Haven't kept up to date in the computing scene for the last 7 years, but now I'm doing a mATX Ryzen build for myself.

 

Story time:

I purchased a Gigabyte B350M D3H board for this build on super special, initially unaware of the need to update the bios to support the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU. I also purchased my RAM based on the support list for this board.

In hindsight I should have bench tested everything first, but I was too keen and built everything only to have it fail to post. Obviously this was due to the need to flash the bios.

Using a Ryzen 7 CPU I fired it up only to have it fail to post again. Changed out RAM, same result. Removed RAM completely, still no error code beeps.

I concluded that the motherboard is DOA so I'm back in the market for a replacement board.

 

This time around money is no object since it has cost me more by simply not having the computer available to work from..

As mentioned the CPU is a AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and the RAM I plan on using is Kingston HyperX 2600mhz HX426C15FBK2/8.

Requirements are really only NVMe, single discrete graphics card will be used.

 

The three boards I think that my shortlist should consist of are:

- ASRock AB350M Pro4

-Asus Prime B350M-A

-MSI B350M BAZOOKA

Any board that requires a bios update to support the CPU has already been discussed with the shop to have it updated before being supplied to me.

 

I can't stand RGB lighting or other gimmicks.

 

Any assistance with my decision would be greatly appreciated,

Cheers

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AM4 is an entire new platform, I can't see how any CPU so far released shouldn't work with the earliest Bios incarnations.

The updates are generally incremental improvements to improve stability, better memory speed etc etc.

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Yeah I've had a few DOA boards from Gigabyte in the past. I've never trusted them after that.

 

MSI has always served me well... they live a long time but can be quirky. ASRock make generally dependable stuff and I've had good experiences... but they're much of a muchness.

 

What about this white MSI board? It has DisplayPort and USB Type-C

 

If small is your thing... Gigabyte do an ITX AM4 board... it's tiny!!!

 

AM4 is an entire new platform, I can't see how any CPU so far released shouldn't work with the earliest Bios incarnations.

The updates are generally incremental improvements to improve stability, better memory speed etc etc.

I agree. Board was likely DOA.

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AM4 is an entire new platform, I can't see how any CPU so far released shouldn't work with the earliest Bios incarnations.

The updates are generally incremental improvements to improve stability, better memory speed etc etc.

 

Logically one would think this is the case, but it is not. Ryzen 7 was released first so it is fully supported. When Ryzen 5 CPU's were released the many AM4 motherboards did not recognize the processors presence at all (my choice included).

 

Sceptre, I was looking at that board, and I'd be happy with it, it simply seems to have a few features that the BAZOOKA doesn't. As for display port, Ryzen 5 doesn't support integrated graphics (I don't think), USB-C would be nice. The optical out is redundant when digital audio can be sent via USB, and the second PCIe slot will never get used.

 

 

 

Edit: Speeling

Edited by maccdaddy

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Asrock, ANY day of the week.

 

I will NOT use Gigabyte motherboards, I've had a more than 70% failure rate on arrival in the past, spread over a 5 year period.

Not Interested in them anymore.

 

Asrock however, are both cheapest, and I've never seen a fault.... I build a lot of PC's.

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Thanks for that, Scythe.

 

Any thoughts on the MSI boards? Or just keep it simple and go the ASRock?

 

In all honesty, i chose my horse, backed it since day 1, and never looked back.

Asrock were the first company to mix DDR and RD ram on the same board.

Hell, they had a dual socket AMD\Intel board at some point.

 

And they always seemed "Too Cheap", but I took the risk, and it paid off; all the way back in about 2003.

Never had a fault, so I've never needed to go anywhere else.

Been using them (and rarely, Asus) exclusively since.

 

Same sort of story applies to TPlink :)

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I respect that.

Thanks again guys, will keep you posted (pun intended) with how the new board choice goes.

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Sceptre, I was looking at that board, and I'd be happy with it, it simply seems to have a few features that the BAZOOKA doesn't. As for display port, Ryzen 5 doesn't support integrated graphics (I don't think), USB-C would be nice. The optical out is redundant when digital audio can be sent via USB, and the second PCIe slot will never get used.

Well it leaves the option open for an APU coming in the later half of this year should you wish to change to one of them... or upgrade the board later and use an APU for an HTPC system or something.

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