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February 12, 2010 6:23:56 PM

I'm upgrading Mobo for my 720 X3 processor, also I hope to unlock the fourth core, as I got the processor soon after release and it was of one of the batches people said was unlockable. So I've narrowed it down to the M4A79XTD EVO or GA-MA785G-UD3H. So, is the associated costs of $117 ($17 for the motherboard and $100 for the 4 GB of XMS3 1600 C9 ram) worth it to basically have DDR3 and 2 PCI-e running at x8, x8 vs x16, x4 (I'm not planning on adding another card as I have a 4850x2 and when I upgrade it will be to a 5870 or 5950 if they come out)? Your thoughts please....Also I noticed that the GA-790XTA-UD4 has both SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3. I'm not sure if it will increase speeds of my x25-m g2 which I think is only sata 3.0Gb/s interface but it will future proof the board a bit. This can be had for $155 - $15 MIR. So
GA-790XTA-UD4 $140
M4A79XTD EVO $112
GA-MA785G-UD3H $95

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February 12, 2010 6:30:37 PM

The 5870 is already out. As is the 5970...

If you're not going to Crossfire, you should get a board with a single PCIe 2.0 slot. It will be a lot cheaper. Or the cheaper board. Here's a cheap board I like: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 for $85 after rebate. It's has a single PCIe 2.0 slot and has USB 3 and SATA III support.

You should also switch that RAM to the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS latency 7 for $115. It's slightly more expensive, but will be a lot faster and better for overclocking.
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February 12, 2010 6:44:27 PM

MadAdmiral said:
The 5870 is already out. As is the 5970...

If you're not going to Crossfire, you should get a board with a single PCIe 2.0 slot. It will be a lot cheaper. Or the cheaper board. Here's a cheap board I like: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 for $85 after rebate. It's has a single PCIe 2.0 slot and has USB 3 and SATA III support.

You should also switch that RAM to the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS latency 7 for $115. It's slightly more expensive, but will be a lot faster and better for overclocking.


Excellent idea- microcenter has it for $80 with a $20 MIR. Definitely considering it- unlocks unlockable CPUs too. Thanks for the idea. Also I meant if the 5950 comes out. (I'm not spending $600 on a gpu but would by a 5850x2 (aka 5950) for about 450
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