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July 13, 2010 5:33:42 PM

I'm looking at one of these two motherboards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the system (with gaming in mind) they'll be supporting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It will run Windows 7.

So, at the moment, the Asus looks a little better because it has an integrated graphics card that can crossfire with my radeon. Will that even work with a different card though? How well? Any other reasons to choose the gigabyte instead?

I'm not much interested in overclocking anything. I prefer good speeds with stability to taking risks.

If another motherboard seems like a better recommendation than either of these two, please feel free to recommend. I've read through the motherboard-choosing guide here, but I'm still finding it difficult to determine what I should choose.

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a c 1163 V Motherboard
a c 1411 U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 6:37:58 PM

With gaming in mind the integrated is not a good option since it only works with low end cards not the HD5770. Neither board will crossfire since the ASUS board has the extra slot at x4.
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July 13, 2010 6:46:28 PM

Alright, I don't really care about crossfire then. I plan to not buy another graphics card until I decide to actually replace the one I currently have rather than buy a second card.

So, forgetting crossfire, which board should I get or should I get another one? (Also, feel free to tell me why I should get one with crossfire anyway, if you think I'm being silly to not get it.)
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:34:45 PM

Hi.

I would go with the Gigabyte since doesn't have onboard video and is better for a gaming rig.

Like a personal advice, I would change the RAM for this G.Skill 1600 are a little more expensive but much better.
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a b V Motherboard
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July 13, 2010 8:37:40 PM

You're not going to be using integrated at all if you put a 5770 in it.

I'd prefer gigabyte. I've been using them for 4/5 years and always had great results. Comes with some worthwhile utilities too
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July 13, 2010 9:10:58 PM

saint19 said:
Hi.

I would go with the Gigabyte since doesn't have onboard video and is better for a gaming rig.

Like a personal advice, I would change the RAM for this G.Skill 1600 are a little more expensive but much better.


My CPU is for 1333, not 1600. Is the speed all that's better about the RAM?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 9:36:49 PM

^The 1066 isn't a typo is the same speed that 1066 DDR2.

That mobo isn't a good option since only can support 1200 WITH OC.

A very good 1333 RAM is this but if u keep in mind the price the 1600 is a better option even if u don't want run it at 1600.
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July 13, 2010 9:39:50 PM

What's good about that 1333? It looks like they're just charging extra money for lights.

Does running 1600 RAM at 1333 sometimes cause stability issues?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 9:52:14 PM

1- Quality. They use Micron semiconductors that are the best for electronic components. See here
2- Performance.
3- Reliability
4- Warranty

And isn't a problem if u take a look of my rig I have 4GB of the same RAM but 1600 and currently is running at 1333 without problems.
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July 13, 2010 10:24:38 PM

Ah, alright. I'll get the 1600 then. Thanks a lot for the help!

Now to figure out that motherboard...
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 10:33:30 PM

Any time, and for the mobo IMO the best option is the Gigabyte since u don't want Crossfire.

If u want crossfire them u need a better mobo.
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July 13, 2010 10:35:41 PM

I've read a lot of recommendations for Gigabyte boards, nearly everywhere I look. Is this largely due to stability/reliability/durability? People usually just say they're "good," but don't say anything specific - as far as I've seen.
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
a c 1411 U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 10:47:57 PM

Gigabyte, Asus and MSI are considered enthusiast boards because of BIOS options. Gigabyte often has more features like optical spdf sound out on their lower classed boards where the other two safe a little bit of money. I have had multiple boards from all three and all of them have been (are) great.
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 10:48:01 PM

Ok,

Currently I have a Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5

1- Quality
2- Price
3- Performance
4- Friendly mobo for noob user in OC
5- Dual BIOS, so don't worry about kill ur mobo with a BIOS update that's not possible with Gigabyte mobos
6- Phase power (8+2, 10+2, 12+2) many options
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 11:20:41 PM

I don't like the onboard video but except that seems fine for me ;) 
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a c 302 V Motherboard
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July 13, 2010 11:27:48 PM

Not really, it's just better since the mobo don't have to control the video too but I think that u can disable from the BIOS.

The other one that u post (870A) is IMO a little better and a little cheap.
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July 13, 2010 11:31:46 PM

Okay, I'll just take it instead. Can you tell me what you like better about it? I'm finding distinguishing features in mobos rather hard.
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a c 302 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 11:38:24 PM

1- Not onboard video
2- Phase power
3- OC features
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July 13, 2010 11:46:29 PM

Best answer selected by valzi.
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