Hey there everyone-- Looking for a solid, cheap board for my gaming PC in the range of $100. All I do on this PC is gaming--nothing else. I'm sort of new to this whole computer building thing so I'm looking for some advice I just want a solid, affordable board that will last me a long time.
My current specs are as follows: AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE (thats an AM3 Socket) ATI 5770 graphics 4gb ram
Currently I'm looking at the M4A79XTD EVO, and the M4A88TD-M, both by ASUS. The first is an ATX board, the 2nd an mATX. I like the ATX board because it seems to have less extraneous crap on it, which is great. I like that it seems solid & no-frills. I don't think I'll be using HDMI or USB3.0 probably ever.
My questions are:
power consumption which board will use power more efficiently? Is there a big enough difference to matter?
onboard graphics will the onboard graphics of the 88TD actually improve the performance of my computer?
mATX form factor I dont plan on ever having a crossfire setup--are there any other disadvantages to mATX I should know about?
and: are there any other boards you could recommend?
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No onboard video will not improve performance of your computer, it's disabled if you have a video card installed. No there are not any disadvantages of M-atx other than reduced features.
If your building it for gaming and your worried about power consumption, go with the i3-2100 or 2120. It's faster than 955BE in gaming and uses half the power. Not to mention you can get a mobo for $60-70 and it has better upgradeability.
Also the savings would allow you to get a better graphics card.
I'm pretty sold on the 2100, thanks for suggesting that.
However, I'm sort of lost on the differences between motherboards. I did some research and I couldnt come across a clear answer on what motherboard I should get. Is there a mobo that can be recommend against the others?