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Choosing Socket AM3/DDR3/SLI or CF Board

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October 19, 2009 7:42:09 PM

im building myself gaming pc for about 600$ and need to chose motherboard
will start with AMD PHENOM X2 550 3.1 GHZ
chosing ddr3 cause ddr2 could be hard to find later
gpu something like hd4850, later cf or equal nvidia ones and later sli
have no idea about OC so wont do that

probably ill buy this month

prices are close to, was too lazy to calculate exact price, taken from local shop

for cf i have option of these, dunno for sli, but since stock arent so great here, maybe some more popular ones, dont have preference for nvidia or ati, both ar +/- same for me

ASUS M4A77TD PRO
Socket AM3, DDRIII 1333MHz, PCIXPRESS ~120$

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
Socket AM3, DDRIII 1333MHz, PCIXPRESS, Radeon HD4200 ~121$

GIGA BYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P
Socket AM3, DDR III 1666 MHz, PCIXPRESS ~142$

ty for your time
a b V Motherboard
October 20, 2009 7:18:24 AM

Hi... Where are you from ? Are the latest ATI cards available in the stores near you ?

And as for the options that you have listed, only the XT supports proper x8x8 Crossfire where as the crossfire on the EVO is x16x4, where the 2nd card would be crippled due to the slower x4 speed. So I wouldnt suggest going with this board if you want to crossfire. As for the 770, it has only 1 PCIe x16 slot so Crossfire is not possible...
Some other options for Crossfire, check if this ASUS board is available - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3
October 20, 2009 7:39:36 AM

im from Latvia :D 
its possible to find a lot of parts here but but in most shops either youll have to wait, or youll pay +30% extra for part being in warehouse
same asus board is ~130$ in a few weeks or ~170$ in a few days
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 will be available in a few weeks, that suits me, so this would be better than giga GA-MA790XT-UD4P ?
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a b V Motherboard
October 20, 2009 9:36:00 AM

^ That ASUS board and the Gigabyte board are similar...Get the one that is cheaper...

And as for the graphic cards, do list your options...
October 20, 2009 4:26:32 PM

about video it depends on board suggested, if cf board then
radeon 4850, 512mb later another one for cf

if sli board then
GEFORCE GTS250, 512MB, 256BIT
or
9800gt

and later one more for sli

graphic cards are in good supply :D 
October 21, 2009 1:37:26 AM

Do you have MSI at your place? MA790GX-G65 is a pretty good board.
a b V Motherboard
October 21, 2009 4:12:48 AM

As for the graphic cards, is the 5750 available ? What is the price difference between the 5750 and the 4850 1GB ?
October 21, 2009 7:59:02 AM

Regarding the graphics card go for a 4870 1GB or a 9800GTX 1GB
October 21, 2009 4:17:50 PM

i dont need it, as for now i have 19' monitor, with 1280x1024 resolution
maybe ill get 4850 1gb instead of 512mb price is similar, but i doubt i need anything more powerful for now

and 4870 is about 60$ more

5750 vs 4850 1gb the price difference is 30+ $
and 5750 is hard to find

as for msi board i have bad experience with them :D 
a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2009 3:41:31 AM

^ Hmm...true for now get the HD 4850 and later on when DirectX 11 becomes mainstream, the newer cards would become readily available...so get them later on...

And MSI boards are becoming better...So the newer boards from MSI are also good options...But if the price is similar to the ASUS and Gigabyte, I would rather get them over MSI...
October 22, 2009 8:51:22 AM

gigabyte are ok now? some ppl ar saying not to get giga cause they will blow up and steal my cookies or smth :D 
a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2009 12:02:49 PM

^ :p 
Currently Gigabyte and ASUS are the Top board manufacturers, followed by EVGA(they build only for intel chips) and MSI.
October 22, 2009 12:45:25 PM

thnx
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