Both will work in my current board, but if I get the 945 I'll need an am3 board. (Why pay an extra $35 for the am3 socket, when I am on an am2 board, easier to buy the am2+)
I'm leaning towars the am3 + am3 board, because my current board only has pcie 1 so upgrading would give me pcie 2 thus better gfx performance.
So what board would be good? I would like to spend under $150 (CAD) and get the best possible board. Sata 6.0 and USB 3.0 look good, but I see lot's of boards with them for ~$120 and according to reviews it seems like 1/2 are DOA. (Almost like 'too good to be true')
I like the second board simply because it has HDMI out, sata 6 and usb 3
I'd like a board with 2 pci-ex16 slot's, in the future I'll probably crossfire my 4870. (Is dual x16 pci-e really necessary? Most board's I've found are 16x/4x in dual config. I've seen lots of benchmarks that show ATI's dont suffer that much in slower lanes, not to mention I dont need extreme graphics)
I'd like a board with 5 or more sata ports
I'd like a board with USB 3.0/Sata 6.0 (Not a huge deal if not)
Also, I dont know much about the memory. All these board's I look at, they show supported ram speed's and the max is always OC'd.
Does that mean I can use DDR3 2000, or does it need to be one of the supported speed's overclocked to 2000.
Anyhow I thank you guy's in advance and if you please can you use newegg.ca or MemoryExpress.com
I dont know, call me a sucker for marketing techniques, but seeing as I am clueless when it comes to overclocking, asus looks to be the better buy for me? (As it has noob oc options, real time oc, turbo button etc.. Haven't found another brand that has these features)
The only differences I can see are that the 88TD has onboard video. Now if I plugged in my video card, wouldnt that disable the onboard video?
Another thing I noticed is the 88 lists:
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
whereas the 87 lists:
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Will my current psu work (Will definately be replacing this POS soon.)
It show's that it has an 8 pin cable. Looking at my cabling, I can see a 4 pin cable not in use, and another cable plugged in. Seems like both these cables go together to make an 8pin(if needed)? Am I wrong?
So what I'm wondering is which board would be better to go with? Is the 88 worth an extra 10 bucks? (Not going to use the mail in rebate) If I wanted to use my T.V as a monitor could I use the onboard hdmi port, and connect my T.V? I already have a dual monitor setup connected to my 4870. (If not the 87 is probably the board to go with. Unless the 8-Pin cpu power connection will benefit me?)
Well the PSU is a good one, its just low wattage, ive used a bunch of psu calculator's and my minimum wattage should be 500. So I'll probably want to update this soon.
Anyhow, I ended up getting the x4 955 BE processor, and while I was on my computer I showed my parents this MSI board Turns out they ordered it to surprise me for Christmas. Theyre going to try and cancel the order for the 88TD but if not, what do you think of the MSI?