This is my first "Tom's Hardware" forum post and it is for my "Maximum PC" inspired sub-$650 gaming rig. Being newly Married and newly mortgaged, I am trying to build an inexpensive rig so I can get out from under the miserable performance of a Dell XPS with a Pentium D, Nvidia 8500 GT and a measly 2 GB of Memory.
I have slowly amassed the following components, but I am still hung-up on what motherboard to purchase.
-AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz
-POWERCOLOR AX5670 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB
-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
So basically I am asking for advice on what sub $100 AM2+ Motherboard I should go for. I don't play the latest and greatest games and this will actually be a general purpose PC with gaming potential. If there is a specific motherboard that will allow me to attempt to unlock other cores on the Proc, that would be great too.
Well, considering that it only needs some gaming potential, you'd be better off with the ASUS motherboard, it's cheaper. However, if you think you might add another card in later, you should get the MSI motherboard.
I doubt I'm going to attempt Crossfire with a 5670. When its time to get more video, I'll look at the next-gen card. Is anyone aware if either of these boards is capable of unlocking any possible extra cores on my Phenom II X2 550?