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September 5, 2010 7:47:51 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

For a 4870 Crossfire configuration with an athlon x3 440 cpu at a 1920x1080 res.


I'm trying to find a nice quality cheap motherboard that can run two 4870s that supports DDR2 RAM and has a few features


Budget is under 120$.

Thanks :) 

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September 5, 2010 10:40:56 AM

That motherboard looks good for your needs.

You could have a little bit of a CPU bottleneck with those cards. If you have an aftermarket cooler you could OC it a bit.
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September 5, 2010 2:14:39 PM

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However, with you sticking with DDR2, it is your best option. I would think about making the jump to DDR3 and you can pick up the ASUS 790X version for less money after rebate and promotion code.
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September 6, 2010 12:22:25 AM

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I was wrong. That board supports 8x/8x so it's a great choice unless you want to go with DDR3.


Alright thanks. How severe is the bottleneck? The 440 is all I can afford at the moment and it got good reviews :s

If I were to make a jump to DDR3, I could maybe afford 1-2gbs of ram with the motherboard. Would it really be worth it to game for a month or so with 1-2 gbs in my system, even though the motherboard is well made?
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September 6, 2010 12:53:23 AM

1) The X3 440 won't be much of a bottleneck, if at all... Specially when overclocked :) 

2) IMO, it really won't be worth it to only buy 1-2 GB of memory. I would just stick with DDR2 for now and make the jump your next upgrade/build!!
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September 6, 2010 3:38:12 AM

Thanks guys!
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September 6, 2010 3:45:35 PM

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STick with your ddr2. Overclock your 440 to at least 3.4ghz.


Would I need an aftermarket cooler to achieve that?
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September 6, 2010 4:14:55 PM

Yes, you will want an aftermarket cooler to get those MHz with safe temps.
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September 7, 2010 3:17:21 PM

Good point on 400MHz, I guess I was just taking the won't hurt approach :lol:  :) 
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