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Two Mobo. Which to choose.

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May 11, 2009 12:11:56 AM

Going to get this new chip from AMD --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Athalon X2 7850

Either this Gigabtype MOBO --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this ASUS --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both has AM2+ limitation on 1066 memory, so I'm wondering if more memory at a lower speed makes up for only being able to use 2 dimms. I'm not sure what will memory the Gig can use.

So I'm looking for a more knowledgable opinon than mine! Thanks for the help.

BTW just upgrading, have a 550 TrueTec PSW and will need some new memory as well. Going to move the HD over and maybe buy one additional.

Not sure to resue XP or leap to Vista.

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May 11, 2009 12:27:10 AM

What are you going to use it for? It's not a really great CPU.

720BE would be the best recommendation, even if you have to cut corners more with the board.
May 11, 2009 12:56:57 AM

I currently have a 3800+ and when I try to video conference (Skype, Live Messenger) and there is anything else running the video is very choppy. When I use my XPS-16 laptop over the same connection everything is fine. So, I'm looking for a cheap chip that will give me a dual core. Either Mobo would allow me to upgrade the chip later.

That was what I was thinking anyway. I was looking at the CPU you mentioned but it's twice as much. 100 bucks for the mobo that I upgrade to AM3 chipset seems a good investment.

I don't play a huge amount of games and I can put a decent GPU in either for 150 or so.
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May 11, 2009 6:09:50 AM

The 7850 should be the faster of the two. Yes probably for video conferencing you should be fine with that.

The Gigabyte UD4P would be a fine choice for a gaming machine. It might be a bit much for video conferencing or general office use. The memory limitation on speed is built in to the processor.

You already have a graphics card?

There are less expensive boards that will work. Such as 780G and 770, but the 790GX or 790X boards are better overclockers, because of the SB750 (Southbridge).




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May 11, 2009 9:38:38 AM

+1 in fact a 760G would suffice:p 

U dun sound like a HC gamer so $99.99 HD4770 down the road would do nicely me thinks hehe
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May 11, 2009 10:08:31 AM

of the two boards the gigabyte . better chipset .
May 11, 2009 2:12:17 PM

Proximon said:
The 7850 should be the faster of the two. Yes probably for video conferencing you should be fine with that.

The Gigabyte UD4P would be a fine choice for a gaming machine. It might be a bit much for video conferencing or general office use. The memory limitation on speed is built in to the processor.

You already have a graphics card?

There are less expensive boards that will work. Such as 780G and 770, but the 790GX or 790X boards are better overclockers, because of the SB750 (Southbridge).


So I'm correct with getting either board I'll be able to upgrade to the X3 chip or X4 AM3 laster?

I have this one --> EVGA 256-P2-N515-AX GeForce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail ($295 back in the day).

I've seen some other good GPU for 150 or so. I'd been recommended this one --> POWERCOLOR AX4870 4870 1GB video card $190
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May 11, 2009 8:53:49 PM

I would say, since you are planning to upgrade your video card soon, that the Gigabyte 790X board might be the best choice. Yes you'll be able to upgrade to a Phenom II, but be aware that DDR2 is nearing the end of it's life. Prices on DDR2 will rise from here, as DDR3 drops in price.

I would be nervous about the 7800GT to be honest. I don't want to jinx it, but those cards are all mostly dead now... overheating issues maybe.

You can get a new Sapphire 4870 1GB for that price, and it will come with a better cooling solution:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 11, 2009 8:59:51 PM

Im with Proximon on this .

Buy a dedicated AM3 mb with DDR3 ram so you have cheaper future upgrade path . It will cost a bit extra now , and you will have to get a Phenom ll processor but this is a step worth taking now since the X3 720 be is so cheap
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