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Help deciding motherboard and RAM for Phenom II x4

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February 4, 2011 7:38:34 PM

Hello, I decided to upgrade my AMD FX-60 to and AMD Phenom II x4 965.

I need help on what motherboard to use please. I am confused with all that motherboard variety out there.
I like Asus and probably Gigabyte, from what I can read here.

I plan to do video editing (HD gopro camera video, with AVS video editor software) and some gaming.
My budget for the motherboard is around $150 if possible.

Memory is also a confusing part for me, I heard corsair XMS is good. I will start with 4GB.

I also want to reuse ( I guess I need to check the specs of my old parts for compatibility).
-Old ATX case, with 850W power supply.
-eVGA Nvidia 880 GTX PCI ???
-Acer monitor 19??

Thank you very much for any tips!

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February 11, 2011 2:57:29 PM

Ok, I just checked and the correct description for my old video card is:

eVGA eGeForce 8800 GTX 768MB PCI-E

Should I keep this card and buy a motherboard without integrated video? or should I use the integrated video card in a new motherboard?

Can you recommend a ($150) motherboard for either case?


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February 11, 2011 5:41:22 PM

Thanks Davcon, what I want is to take advantage of what I already have if possible and if its worth it.

My case is ATX, so I need ATX, my power supply is good too (I guess).

If I want to use 2 GPUs, I understand I need a MOBO with and integrated NVidia based SLI ready GPU, to use with mine. Correct?

Do I need a special monitor for that? What is the benefit of doing SLI?
February 28, 2011 6:46:52 PM

After some reading around on this forum, I decided to get (already ordered):


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Ed

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Can anyone tell me if this is a good combination, if not, what can I change?

And another question:
I still have my old eVGA eGeForce 8800 GTX 768MB PCI-E video card.
Is it better to use it instead of the integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 that comes with the motherboard?