Motherboard queries for Phenom II X4 955 BE

I am looking to buy a AMD Phenom II X4 955BE & confused about the motherboard to choose from. It

* Should be a budget motherboard [prefarably 790GX]
* Should have integrated graphics [for HD Moviez &Gaming] as I can't afford to buy a Video Card anywhere in the near future.
* Not planning to Crossfire anywhere near.

I 'd use the computer for:
* Video Processing
* Gaming

Is there any reason I can opt for a AMD Phenom II 555 BE other than price?

Any suggestions?
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  1. <You could get lucky with one of these and unlock a core >

    Can you explain this more clearly? To me it seems like the Athlon & Phenom are different on a large scale. Keeping in mind, I wouldn't be upgrading again my computer in the next 5-6 years, would you still suggest a Athlon II X3?

    BTW, thanks for the mobos.
  2. Well from reading the reviews it looks like the current batch of Rana's are unlocking to quad cores.A good deal for $90.
    Just make sure you buy a mobo with core unlocker.
  3. Probably bugging but how would I know if a motherboard can be core-unlocked?
  4. I was strongly considerate the Phenom II X4 955BE, but when you spoke about the RANA, you got me thinking. Can you suggest the best mobo if I consider a) 955BE or 2)Rana 455 ?

    I am basically looking to use it for HD Video/Audio, Gaming & Video Conversions but can't afford a video card at the moment. SO looking for a mobo with a good integrated video card. Not looking for CrossFire or SLI too.
  5. deppfx said:
    I was strongly considerate the Phenom II X4 955BE, but when you spoke about the RANA, you got me thinking. Can you suggest the best mobo if I consider a) 955BE or 2)Rana 455 ?

    I am basically looking to use it for HD Video/Audio, Gaming & Video Conversions but can't afford a video card at the moment. SO looking for a mobo with a good integrated video card. Not looking for CrossFire or SLI too.

    Here's some options
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625%2050001315&IsNodeId=1&page=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=22%7C13%2D131%2D654%5E13%2D131%2D654%2DTS%2C13%2D131%2D631%5E13%2D131%2D631%2DTS%2C13%2D131%2D646%5E13%2D131%2D646%2DTS
    Remember it's a 50/50 chance of the Rana unlocking to a stable 4th core
    I really don't know how capable the onboard video is for gaming
    Personally i would buy the 890 mobo if it's in your budget
    another option
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436069
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