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Choosing a Motherboard, advice needed please

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June 4, 2010 4:54:06 PM

Hello all, Thanks again for any help I receive, you guys are awesome!

Ok so I am close to deciding what my new pc build will be (quite cheap gaming pc).

So far I am only 100% on one thing, and thats the hd 5770 gpu.

I am now deciding on a motherboard, but am really unsure what to go with.

I was originally looking at this one:

however I noticed there are loads like it, and I cant really see the difference. Also are they good enough? Which is best?

I really am unsure on motherboards, I have read that they can bottleneck a pc quite easily, do I need to spend more? Less?

Thanks for the advice

(For a cpu I was looking at something along the lines of an amd phenom II 955 quad core, although that is likely to change)
June 4, 2010 5:26:59 PM

The second motherboard you have posted
is the best bet for two reasons:
1: it is more upgradeable
2: it is the best value for the money of those boards
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June 4, 2010 5:37:16 PM

I agree with randomkid. That Asrock mobo is worth the extra cash.
June 4, 2010 6:19:08 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies! If i was almost certain I wouldn't be getting the extra card, would it still be worth the more expensive one? Are there any other benefits? Thanks again
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June 5, 2010 12:25:16 AM

At about just 10% difference? I'd say it's worth to get the 890GX chipset because the HD5770 while good is not top card so you can never be certain if you will never go crossfiring once you tried the games and new more graphic intesive games come.

Besides, the integrated graphics of the 890GX will come in handy just in case you got trouble with your HD5770. You can still use your PC while it the card is RMA...

June 5, 2010 7:39:59 PM

The 880 is an "almost" chipset and the Gigabyte is a single slot PCIE. One of the rationals of buying a midrange card it that you'll be able to X-Fire it later. Save your lunch money another week and get the 890, Asrocks are very overclocker friendly.