Trying to choose between cheap-o gaming Mobos

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 :D
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?

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.
  2. Thanks geek!

    I'm pretty sold on the 2100, thanks for suggesting that.

    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?
  3. How much do you want to spend?
  4. For a third option, try AsRocks M3a770DE
    I'm planning on putting either 955's or 975's in ours soon
  5. geekapproved said:
    How much do you want to spend?

    In the ballpark of $100 on a motherboard.
  6. So $120 cpu and $100 mobo = $220.

    This is a killer deal if it comes back in stock


    Do you by chance live near a microcenter?
  7. Best answer selected by yam.
  8. geekapproved said:
    So $120 cpu and $100 mobo = $220.

    This is a killer deal if it comes back in stock


    Do you by chance live near a microcenter?

    Oakland--the nearest Microcenter is about 1 hour away, but unfortunately I have no car to get to it.

    I'm going to go with the first combo--looks great and I don't mind waiting for it to come back in stock. This is gonna be awesome. Thanks so much for your help, Geek!
  9. I hear microcenter offers a i3-2100 and mobo for $99. Might be worth checking out, certainly would be worth driving an hour for.
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