Which motherboard to choose: GIGABYTE GA-880GMA vs GIGABYTE GA-870A-

I am planning on a Athlon Phenom II x4 965BE or 955BE based system and wanted to know which motherboard to choose between these two.


GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128445

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard - $87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443

Purpose: development box with no gaming and Will do moderate overclocking without voltage or much heat increase

My other items in the system that I already have purchased

CASE ANTEC|THREE HUNDRED ILLUSION R
PSU OCZ|OCZ500MXSP 500W RT
GPU CARD: VGA GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I HD4550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125250

and planning to buy along with the motherboard
* G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL memory
* Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
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  1. I would go with the GA-880GMA-UD2H, as it is the cheaper board and M-ATX. 880G is the slightly better chipset and an M-ATX goes nicely with the Antec 300 Illusion.

    Also, I would go with the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM over your's.
  2. GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard.
  3. If you plan on doing SLI i would'nt sugest the gigabyte 880ga only if you want crossfire.
  4. thanks for the replies. I do not plan on doing SLI or crossfire.
  5. Would you recommend I go with one of the above setups of 965 + 880ga or

    Thuban 1055t with BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (does not have usb 3.0) for $30 more ?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.456546
  6. I say go with the II X4 955 (little difference between the II X4 965) and 880GA over the II X6 1055T combo. The II X4 955/965 outperforms the II X9 1055T in most applications.

    edit:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=147
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