Advice on budget gaming Motherboard


Will build my new rig soon. Need help to finalize the motherboard.

I wont be buying a graphics card now(5 months later)-Probably a gtx 460,5850.

In the meantime I will survive with the IGP.

My rough rig's main components:
Athlon II x3 440(Maybe x4 635 if budget allows)
Corsair ddr3 xms3 1333 4gb 9-9-9-24
450/550w Corsair PSU

Limited hardware options where I live. Asus doesn't deal directly here and the distributor who works on their behalf offers horrendous rma/after sale service. Thus my 1st option is Gigabyte boards and then MSI/Biostar.

These are the budget boards I want to pick from:

Biostar TA785G3/HD-Not available
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
MSI 785GM-E51 -

-Don't care about usb3 and sata3.

-No need for cf/sli

-I might overclock if the need arises.

Difference between the giga 880 board and the msi 785 is nearly 20$ where I live. Trying to figure out if it's worth the extra dough. I'm on a tight budget as is. I just know the 880 gigabyte has all solid caps.

I need you guys to help me out understanding the value of these 3 boards. If the difference is small.....i might go with the msi due to it's sweeter pricing. But....if the quality of the giga board is exceptional I might just have to go with it.

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  1. Oh yeah. Forgot to mention Ill be buying a monitor with this rig. Most likely a 22inch 1920*1080 res benq or dell. Not sure if that matters with respect to the mobo....just thought I'd add it.
  2. Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H is the way to go on your list. It is worth the $20 for 1) Gigabyte is the better manufacturer and 2) it is more "future proof" with better support on the X6 CPU's, along with USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0Gb/s. These features will be useful down the road... IMO
  3. @tecmo.......the model ga-880gm-ud2h doesn't have usb3 or sata.

    The Ga-Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H does though....but that's an additional 25$.

    Would you still recommend the ga-880 gm ud2h now?
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    I would still go with the Gigabyte board, as they are the better manufacturer. However, if budget is a major concern, you will be fine with the MSI motherboard.
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