Can't decide between these motherboards. I'm on a budget. i was trying to pair the mobo with another part to maximize savings. But i will just link the ones I'm deciding between and take feedback. Please help, trying to decide by tonight.
For use with:
Phenom II x4 955
Gskill 4gb DDR3 1600
1- If you plan use Crossfire in the future, get the MSI.
2- What is your budget for the mobo?
3- If I were you, I will buy the ASUS mobo.
4- The Gigabyte is a micro-ATX mobo, that IMO isn't a good option for your system
Would you please elaborate on your comment? Thanks!
Sorry but the first time I clicked on the gigabyte link it was a micro atx board. After my reply I took another look and it's an atx board... WTF up with that ?.... In the time it took me to delete my post you had already posted this question.... SO........ I don't like any of these boards and wouldn't put any of them in something I would put together.
I originally had the ASUS 790X in my cart paired with the 955 for the $20 combo. But I came in over budget and started looking for places to trim down. It seemed MSI 790X would cut some $$ off the build.
So i went to the MSI 790X for $99. I love the idea of being able to CF at some point, but in honesty i always end up with a new card and selling my old one and have never gotten around to even trying to CF. So in the interest of $$ once again, i cut to the MSI 770.
The MSI 770 is $20 cheaper but allows the possibility to CF at some point even at reduced effectiveness I suppose. Save $20 and still keep the "option open"
Then I looked into other brands of 770, and here I am...
even the MSI 770 stays at x16 for the first card when you CF. If it isn't obvious enough yet I'm not too sure what all those numbers mean. But I'm not sure why i would want a board that when I crossfire it, the main slot looses performance?
^Yeah, with only one GPU the slot is at x16, but you you install a second GPU for Crossfire, both slot run at x4. That is very slow for a Crossfire, for a good performance in Crossfire, you need both slot at x16 or x8.