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January 8, 2011 5:12:59 PM

I have decided on a Phenom ii x4 945 and a HD6850 for my budget games computer, but have no idea what im doing as far as motherboards. I would prefer an Asus or Gigabyte one, any advice would be great.

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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 8, 2011 5:29:32 PM

I would look at any one of the MOBO's per this list -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-363^13-131-363-TS,13-131-655^13-131-655-TS,13-131-644^13-131-644-02%23,13-157-196^13-157-196-TS,13-130-223^13-130-223-TS I do not recommend MOBO's with an onboard GPU when using a discrete GPU like the HD 6850, and I prefer only the 890FX or 790FX Chipsets.

After that, it's all about budget and ports that you need. Yes, I also prefer the ASUS, but remember ASUS owns ASRock -- look at combo deals and rebates.

Good Luck!

Somethings messed-up with the link above, here's the 5:
$120 ASUS M4A79T Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$145 MSI 790FX-GD70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179 ASRock 890FX DELUXE3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$175 ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$230 ASUS Crosshair IV Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 236 V Motherboard
January 8, 2011 5:46:01 PM

^+1...

If you are on a tighter budget, I would recommend the ASRock 870 Extreme 3. It runs at x8,x8 versus the others x16,x16 but with the ATI 6850 you'll see no real world difference (a frame or two per second).
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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 8, 2011 5:58:50 PM

^+1 with the ASRock 870 EXTREME3 I quit looking after 5.
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a c 236 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 12:20:41 PM

1) The issue with having on-board graphics is it utilizes some of your system resources, even if not in use. Is it a "big deal"... Not really but you aren't utilizing all your resources.

2) I would go with the ASUS board... IMO. The lack of DX11 support is for the on-board graphics, which with a ATI 6850, it doesn't matter.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 12:57:54 PM

If $90 is the price range then I would go with tecmo34's ASRock 870 EXTREME3.

The last post I did with a similar GPU wasn't a ->small<- difference it was a 20%~30% loss in GPU performance, and too there's the resource loss, etc. All I can recall is the MOBO was a CF MOBO that required a 'PCIe Jumper Card' in the PCIe primary slot requiring the GPU to be installed in the second PCIe slot.

When testing both the 1st & 2nd PCIe slots there was a 20%~30% drop in benchmarks, but if the 1st PCIe {fastest} was used often it resulted in a BSOD or sudden restart. Keep in mind I gave him the BIOS settings to {Disable} the onboard GPU, and the only difference was a decrease in BSOD -- Yeah that's what you want - not! That person exchanged their MOBO for a non-onboard GPU type.

The fundamental issue is the onboard shares PCIe bandwidth on or off... My 2 cents.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 5:59:45 PM

If you're ONLY going for 1 GPU *EVER* then maybe the M4A87TD EVO x16/x4, and the ASRock 870 EXTREME3 x8/x8. Keep in mind ASUS owns ASRock!
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a c 236 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 6:01:24 PM

The ASUS will work just fine. :) 
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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 6:22:01 PM

Duh, ASRock -> ASUS. Where did that come from? We've been advising on the ASRock 870 EXTREME3 as a budget solution before. Is there som'thn new.
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a c 236 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 7:23:07 PM

Uncl30w3n said:
Thanks! I cant seem to find the ASrock 870 where i live :( 

@jaquith... I think you missed this.

The OP is using Newegg links to show what they can get where they live. The OP is not buying from Newegg. (my assumption :)  )
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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 7:43:18 PM

^NOPE didn't see that :(  I get it now, and agree!
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January 10, 2011 5:33:15 PM

Yeah sorry shoulda clarified that! Newegg is great, I used it when I was in America, its just a shame they dont ship internationally :( 
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a c 717 V Motherboard
January 10, 2011 5:47:05 PM

You'd think ASUS, ASRock, etc would ship everything everywhere. I helped some guy on an island in the Mediterranean -- that was interesting!

Amazon does, here's the details {I don't know the details or costs} -> http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nod...
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