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Gigabyte Motherboards for the AM3: Most Cost-Effective?

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a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 7:40:54 AM

Currently looking at the new ones for the AMD 785G chipset:

GA-MA785G-UD3H
GA-MA785GPM-UD2H
GA-MA785GM-UD2H
GA-MA785GM-US2H
GA-MA785GT-UD3H
GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H
GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
GA-MA785GMT-US2H

The question is, which one is the most cost-effective from an all-purpose power/gaming standpoint? I'm thinking the UD2H, as it's the highest-end that doesn't force me to use DDR3, right?
a c 435 V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 9:16:46 AM

Depends on whether you already have ddr2. Prices are creeping up again for memory. If you can find a 2x2gb ddr3 kit for around $60, then I would go for it. Haven't seen too many rebates on ddr2 lately.
a c 177 V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 4:14:45 PM

The price spread between 2 and 3 has narrowed considerably in the past six month (though, as o1die said, they are inching up again - I read why in the WSJ, but it escapes me now - this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
was $50 a couple weeks back), and more manufacturers seem to be getting better at the 3; six months ago, I'd have said, stick with the 2, but now, it boils down to what you're willing to pay - you will get your money's worth either way...
a b V Motherboard
September 14, 2009 3:31:24 AM

Damnit, Intel had to come out and grab my attention with Lynnfield. Thanks anyways guys!
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