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June 2, 2010 11:11:14 PM

so, we have decided its finally time to upgrade my girlfriends pentium D 920, after much searching and discussion we have decided toget her a Phenom 2x3 720 BE at which point I will be giving over my Asus m4a78-plus board.

I am currently running a Phenom 2x4 955 bE on the above board with 8 gigs of wintec ddr2 800,(5-5-5-15-20) I'm handing down my Mobo to her as she wants the option to crossfire her radeon hd 4670, and I have no need to crossfire my card, the question I have is when i buy my new board, should I look into ddr3 support(most likely 1600+) and take a little longer to get everything back together(as i would need to buy the new memory, most likely one 2x2 gig module at a time) or stick with the ddr2 800, which as i 8understand i cant push to 1066 in dual channel with the phenom 2 chip.

these are the boards ive been looking at, full atx is of course preffered form factor|13-130-275^13-130-275-TS,13-130-265^13-130-265-TS,13-130-266^13-130-266-TS,13-130-276^13-130-276-TS,13-130-278^13-130-278-TS

also, if the new board has SATA 6gb/sec, will it still support my 3 gb/sec drives or will they need to be upgraded as well?

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a b V Motherboard
June 3, 2010 12:49:00 PM

Your drives will be ok as SATA is backward compatible. BIOS settings and drive jumper modification may be required.
a c 1528 V Motherboard
June 3, 2010 2:08:12 PM

I would let her have the DDR2 memory with the old board (she probably has slower ram with her pentium D) and upgrade to a AM3 board with all the new tech.
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June 3, 2010 8:38:13 PM

I was also thinking of building a System around AM3, DDR3 Technology, but I've been out of the loop. Are ASUS Motherboards still very good and if so what Model is preferred.