Need Help choosing MOBO for Phenom x4 955

Hi, this is my first build, mostly for genral home use ( movies web browsing), and gaming occasionally.


I hope to keep it for 5 years at least so reliability and stability is reasonably important.

Ill overclock it a bit if I need to.



CPU: Phenom 2 x4 955 $192 (Australian $)
Ram: 6 gb ddr3 (not decided on specifics yet)
HDD1: 500 Gb, (same as above)
Video Card: 512 MB GTS 250 Gainward $125
Software: Windows 7


What I have trouble with is choosing a motherboard.

I am leaning towards,

Gigabyte MA770T-UD3 AM3 ; Amd 770 for $93

crossfire would be nice but not necessary

the other choices are:


Asus 785TD-V-Evo Amd 785G $131
Asus M4A79T Deluxe Amd 790 Fx $239
Gigabyte 790Xt-UD4P Amd 790X $165
Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H Amd 785G $108


Which chipset, and motherboard would be the best for my comp? What would be the advantage of the more expensive MOBOs?
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  1. Really?? 1000w for 1 250gts?????
    get a 550w and would yet more then enough, a corsair 1000w, is able to power 2 5970!!!!!

    Any motherboard for Phenom II is dual channel so you should be getting 2 or 4 sticks of ram not 3, so you would have to choose between 4gb or 8gb

    I would recommend you a ASUS M4A79XTD as the motherboard, it oc just fine , it a kind of have a good price, it's a quality motherboard, I use it in my system, it's nice
  2. I pressed send when I was half way through typing the message. (old comp broke and typing on notebook :( )

    I havent decided on power supply, will do so after choosing MOBO
  3. +1 ^^^^ to dmcfc's statements. You don't even need a 550w PSU, but getting a quality one will last you for quite some time! Stick with 4 gb's of DDR3 RAM for now and if you need more later get another 4 gb's.

    I like this mobo listed below, because it has just about everything you'll need and is inexpensive too!!
    $88 - $10 MIRc = $78!!
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    or

    if you want to adopt USB 3.0 and SATA 3 early, you can get this mobo:
    $103 shipped!
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128419
  4. +1 to dfmcf and lunyone.

    Only to add if u like a more expensive crossfire ready and really good built mobo add this one
    GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128415&cm_re=Gigabyte_usb_3.0-_-13-128-415-_-Product

    I like either any of the gigabyte mentioned or the asus, there are very good quality asus mobo´s for AMD.
  5. lunyone said:
    +1 ^^^^ to dmcfc's statements. You don't even need a 550w PSU, but getting a quality one will last you for quite some time! Stick with 4 gb's of DDR3 RAM for now and if you need more later get another 4 gb's.

    I like this mobo listed below, because it has just about everything you'll need and is inexpensive too!!
    $88 - $10 MIRc = $78!!
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    or

    if you want to adopt USB 3.0 and SATA 3 early, you can get this mobo:
    $103 shipped!
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128419


    Ill get only 4gb's of ram then , and maybe add more later.

    I only can only choose from the boards the boards that i listed. Is there any disadvantage of 770 chipset?
  6. Nothing wrong with the 770 chipset, but it doesn't come with an onboard GPU (don't know if that really matters to you or not). Any of the mobo's listed will do just fine, just pick one that you like that meet all of your requirements.
  7. ok thanks for the help
  8. I just want to point out that at the top of this post, you mentioned crossfire would be nice. Crossfire is for ATI cards, SLI is for nVidia cards. The GTS250 is an nVidia card so a crossfire board would do you no good, at least not without some hacked drivers. If you want the system to game for a while I would also suggest getting something a little better than a GTS250. A radeon 5770 is a good choice as it is faster and has DX11. A Radeon 5750 is around the same price and is generally slightly faster than a GTS250. If you don't mind upgrading just the GPU in a few years though, probably in 2 or 3 when the GTS250 can no longer play games on medium, then a GTS250 would be fine.
  9. I am going with Asus Crosshair III Formula
  10. The asus Crosshair III Formula is a really nice motherbaord, if you're overclocking, otherwise it's a kind of waist of money
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