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Motherboard Question, GA-MA785GM-US2H vs Biostar TA870U3+

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My HTPC/Backup PC currently has a AMD Athlon X2 240 paired with a GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H motherboard.

I recently was able to buy a Phenom II X4 840 paired with a Biostar TA870U3+ for $50... My question is should I drop the 840 onto the Gigabyte board or switch it out with the Biostar. I purchased a AMD/ATI 4890 to go with whichever board I decide to stick with. Again this PC is just my back up/HTPC but being that I am an overclocker at heart I may do some overclocking with it.
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I go with the Biostar one, because it has VRM heatsinks. Both have 4+1 phase power and if you oc the cpu you will need to keep the VRM as cool is possible.
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(11 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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HTPC
(11 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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The Biostar board uses higher quality VRM setup - plus for overclocking purposes 770 or 870 chipset will be better than 785G chipset regardless.
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