I chose the motherboard that's in my list because of the good reviews, and the $50 price tag. Is that MSI mobo worth the extra $30?
Also, I thought AM3+ motherboards are good for upgrading.
About the HIS 7770, is it worth the extra $10? How do we know that the sapphire is not just as good?
The Phenom II x4 965 is socket AM3 and not AM3+, correct me if i'm wrong. Also, try to stay away from BIOSTAR like another person said here, they are known for cheaply made products and not so good customer support. The MSI board would be the way to go and is worth the extra money because you won't have to spend another $100-200 in the future on another board if you want a new AM3+ processor.
About the HIS 7770, for all I know the sapphire could end up being an even better card but from personal experience of owning the HIS i can tell you that it uses little power, runs very cool, and is very quiet most likely due to the iCooler technology.
EDIT: oh i'm sorry i thought that board was AM3 and not AM3+, but i would still stay away from BIOSTAR