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Well i was going to get this board very soon until i just read that they do not support 125W processors. I want to be able to upgrade this down the road without having to buy a new mobo, so im wondering if i shouldnt get it.
This is the one im talking bout:
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...198&cid=MB.350

If i dont get that one, the only real other option at Canadacomputers.com is this: http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...935&cid=MB.350

Reviews look good on that one, the only thing is its PCI-Express 2.0. I dont know the difference between 2.0 and x16, but will it be able to run a 9600GSO and the newer cards down the road? And is it a good board overall?

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It's a little bit more money but worth it

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=DFI
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i dont think i can spend that much. Im really limited to CanadaComputers.com also.
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790
790X
790FX

So for gaming you probably want the 790X.
The MSI budget 790X board, looks cheap, good crossfire performance, overclocking is good but is cut down with fewer usbs and sata ports.
50 bucks more for the 790FX ain't too bad.

http://www.ucomputer.ca/html/motherboard.php
this store has the $140 Gigabyte 790X board, less cut up and probably more reliable than MSI.

heres a list of computer stores in the GTA area.
http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/s...d.php?t=220602
you might be able to find a good deal on a store near you.
post #5 of 7
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Reviews look good on that one, the only thing is its PCI-Express 2.0. I dont know the difference between 2.0 and x16, but will it be able to run a 9600GSO and the newer cards down the road?
Shibbiness, hopefully the below information answers your question:

Quote:
PCI-SIG announced the availability of the PCI Express Base 2.0 specification on 15 January 2007.[7] PCIe 2.0 doubles the bus standard's bandwidth from 0.25 Gbyte/s to 0.5 Gbyte/s, meaning a x32 connector can transfer data at up to 16 Gbyte/s in each direction.

PCIe 2.0 is backward and forward compatible with PCIe v1.x. Graphic cards and motherboards designed for v2.0 will be able to work with v1.1 and v1.0, and vice versa. In some rare cases it is possible that a PCI-E 2.0 card will not work correctly on a PCI-E 1.0a slot. This is only limited to certain video cards.

The PCI-SIG also said PCIe 2.0 also features improvements to the point-to-point data transfer protocol and its software architecture.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

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Thanks, you guys. Also thanks for clarifying about the pci-e

Update: I am currently being convinced to go intel, but that would mean a new cpu and more $$ so i dont think ill fall in. More mobo opinions welcomed please.
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More mobo opinions welcomed please.
Shibbiness, I hear only good things about the 790FX board. Here's a review that you might find interesting: http://techreport.com/articles.x/13628

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