125w: Which one for this setup?

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core @ ~3.0ghz, GTS450 1GB, OCZ Fatal1ty 550w PSU, 4GB DDR3 1600 G.SKILL, 500GB 7200rpm SATA 3GB/s Samsung F3, 1680x1050 IN WIN Griffin mid case.

I'm kinda looking for the minimum to get the job done, not looking to make a huge investment in this mobo. 6GB/s is fine if the price isn't exorbitant. I think I'll go up to $100 max.

Does micro atx help with heat? Because I might OC the gpu and cpu. Bonus points if it supports a 6950 or GTX 560Ti but not necessary if it's cheap enough.
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  1. No, Micro ATX does not really help with heat. It does help with fitting into a small case but you listed a mid tower case (at least that's how i interpret it).

    If you want the possibility of upgrading to an AM3+ CPU then one of these should do the job: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625%20600138080%20600009017%20600008296%20600008419&IsNodeId=1&name=AMD%20880G&ShowDeactivatedMark=False

    If your not concerned about trhat then here are some more good choices for Socket AM3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625%20600008296%204027%20600007943%20600008419&IsNodeId=1&name=AMD%20880G
  2. ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $91.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157272

    ASRock A785GM-LE AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $58.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157274

    The first board is an outstanding board with a lot of features and will support any video card you want to put in it and it will also support crossfire/sli if you so choose to do that in the future. The second board is a micro board that will be a budget option and will get you started. I will say that you may want to get a little higher psu 650w would be good if you are thinking about a 560ti or a 6950.
  3. @JKatwyopc the first few on the 2nd page don't even support DDR3 1600 memory. So that leaves http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138197 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130293

    Which one looks better?

    @inzone That second one was reviewed by only 8 people, and even then really, really badly.

    I'm still deciding whether or not I want an am3+, not really sure..
  4. If it isn't specially listed in green next to the product name, where can you see whether or not it supports 125w cpu's? And what is there really to look for in a motherboard?
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