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New gaming rig, need an AM3 mobo.

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July 23, 2010 2:35:46 PM

I'm leaning towards the Phenom 965 BE, XFX 5770, and 4 GB DDR3 1600 Ripjaws. I just need a mobo for it all. I can't see myself spending $175-200 on a mobo. I'm still a casual gamer, and don't plan to OC.

So I'd like the price range maybe $130 and under. If I "must" get something that expensive, something else is going to get downgraded. I'm not Trump. ;) 

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July 23, 2010 3:25:19 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Here are three options for u, select the best price for ur budget:

1- GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H a little more expensive but good options if u want Crossfire in the future.

Bear in mind that if u want Crossfire in the future the mobo must support Crossfire @ x16 or @ x8 in that case only the 1st option is valid or a mobo with 890FX chipset that is more expensive.

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July 23, 2010 3:25:59 PM

that should be fine as well, i was just looking at motherboard that supported at least x8/x8 crossfire since i usually assume people think about adding another GPU (in your case 5770) to the computer eventually
July 23, 2010 3:45:38 PM

Well I've been reading up on everything I plan to purchase. Seems that the 5850 would be better in the long run, casual gamer or not lol... I forgot about games like Mafia 2, Rage, Crysis 2. These mobo's listed still viable options?
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July 23, 2010 3:51:58 PM

All mobos are very good BUT only for one GPU if u want Crossfire with any GPU u need a the 890GPA-UD3H or a mobo that support Crossfire x16 or x8
August 4, 2010 12:06:53 AM

Best answer selected by nochancemrp.