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February 9, 2009 9:33:29 AM

I'm doing an upgrade and the motherboard I picked out is $75:

I've noticed there are some micro ATX boards that are about $20 cheaper and have built in graphics and only 2 slots for RAM. I think I might be willing to live with only 2 slots of RAM, but I'm not sure if the built in graphics will be an issue.

Will having integrated graphics that are disabled have a negative effect performance when compared to a motherboard that has no integrated graphics at all?

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a b V Motherboard
February 9, 2009 9:56:36 AM

Hmm since you picked out an AMD mobo here are some things i think you'd be interested to know

2 DIMM /IGP/mATX (AM2+) chipsets
some 760G

Most of these aren't designed to take in more than a 95W TDP quad chip so for an upgrade path you be looking at the incoming AM3 95w TDP Deneb/Heka chips and these aren't exactly designed to hit high clocks though unlocked multi chips may be an exception :p 

If you are looking for 4 DIMM/IGP/mATX (AM2+)
790GX (DFI and Biostar only so far)

Some of these can take it the baddest quads out there and i have built a Biostar TA790GX XE mATX with a Phenom 2 x4 940BE for a rendering/modelling shoebox crazy dude and my god it flies! The 790GX come with SB750 and have ACC

Lastly to answer your question:

The results of peeps on 790FX/790GX OC on Phenom 2 suggest there is 0% disadvantage by having an IGP however purists wouldn't have anything less than 16x + 16x multi GPU in their mobos so this would favout the 780a and 790fx AMD chipsets. Hope i helped :p 

a b V Motherboard
February 9, 2009 11:04:01 AM


Another thing, those motherboards with integrated graphics are usually ยตATX and are less overclockable than the regular boards.
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February 9, 2009 7:16:45 PM

Very interresting. Now the board I picked out has a chipset you dont mention, the 770. Will this chipset be sufficient for the Phenom x4 9950 2.6ghz?

I'm also looking into a motherboard with an nForce 720A, as I've had more expirience with nForce boards than with AMD ones. And it has been a good expirience.

I wanted to get a Phenom II, but it's just out of my price range.

It's worth noting that I've been building machines since I wasa kid. I've been out of the loop for the past 2 years since I got married. Not enough money to keep upgrading every 6 months. So I'm a bit rusty.
February 9, 2009 7:28:21 PM

These are the motherboards I'm considering atm:
720A - 95W Only
770 - 95W Only
780G - 95W Only
770 -
770 -

I'm trying to stay under $80 for the Motherboard, and the cheaper the better. I'm already over budget on this upgrade and looking for places to skimp.

Another question:
I see the Phenom I'm considering has a hypertransport of 4000mhz. I havn't seen a single motherboard that supports more than 2600mhz. Whats up with that?

Edit - Doing some research on the above motherboards, and narrowing down which ones can do 125W
February 9, 2009 7:48:35 PM

Somthing else I'm considering to save money...

Sticking with my current Athlon 64 X2 2.4ghz and waiting for the phenom II to come down in price.

It would be a major bummer as the *main* reason for this upgrade is to go to quad core (to be able to play Supreme Commander better).

But on the other hand, brand new processors tend to be pricey. Phenom II 920 is going for about $190 when i can get a 9950 for $170.