Looking For AMD Chipset Motherboard

Hey everyone!

I've been planning out a new PC I will soon start building. So far I have a 650 PSU from my old and barely used Dell XPS 600. I was thinking about getting a Sapphire (Vapor-X Maybe) Radeon 5870 1GB and a AMD Phenom II X4 965 125 watt CPU. Can't decide on a motherboard at all. Anyone know a good AMD chipset and crossfire motherboard with at least 2 x16 PCI-e Gen2.0 slots (Main focus)? Something certainly reliable.

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  1. msi 790fx

    Expansion Slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16
    4 x PCI Express 2.0 x16

    Slot configurations:
    Dual CrossFire (16X+16X)
    Quad CrossFire (8X+8X+8X+8X)
    PCI Express x1 1
    PCI Slots 2
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    Expansion Slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2, running at x16 or x8/x8
    PCI Express x1: 3
    PCI Slots: 2
    (2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface with ATI CrossFireX/ Hybrid CrossFireX support for ultimate graphics performance)

    ^Both do the same thing for your reason of wanting, Gigabyte is ALOT cheaper and it's a Gigabyte :D
  3. So far the Gigabyte caught my eye. One thing though, I'm sorry I didn't mention, I'm trying to find a board with no integrated graphics. I just don't want to risk it buying a top video card and it not working on a board I just bought too! I also don't want the integrated card to maybe conflict with the new card and maybe hold it back somewhat, etc.

    Other than that, those boards are basically what I was looking for :D
  4. The onboard graphics of the Gigabyte won't affect the add on video card. It should disable the onboard when you put in the card. If it doesn't, you can disable it in the BIOS.

    Both boards are good.
  5. Actually, having the onboard is a nice safety net. If you ever run into problems, you can remove the discrete and test the rest of the system. And the onboard should not cause any performance or compatibility issues. It will just disable itself.
  6. ^ agreed
  7. Yep not to mention a working/operational rig in case the discrete goes AWOL
  8. Asus M4A78T-E if you plan to buy a PII 550 BE or PII 720 BE. Now, the BIOS let you unleashed cores at stable state.

    You should buy a 955 instead of the 965. You don't need more than 2 PCIe. Also, a 5970 is the same as 2 5850 running on 2 PCIe X8 bus... You don't need multiple X16 PCIe slots.
  9. Not gonna buy a 5970, no way I can afford $600 card. Basically you guys have answered all my questions! Thanks!

    Narrowed it down to that Gigabyte GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT and one of a few Asus Corsshair III Motherboards.
  10. the msi has 4 pci e slots also a kick ass board i got mine earlier wish it was at his price then
  11. Hellfire I would seriously just buy a 955... Cheaper and the same exact thing (the 965 is just an overclocked 955 basically)

    Just use AMD Over Drive to OC the 955 and it will be the same thing :D Get you a cooler and OC to like 3.8 or so
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