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I saw this post in the search function and it pointed to a DFI board out of stock on newegg. I currently have a 785GM-P45 and want something that will give me a little more Umph. I would like to stay in the Micro ATX size as well as going up to ATX means a new case.... not that the case I have is all that great, but it fits in the spot and a larger one wont. My wish list for the new board is:

Nvidia Chipset (GPU= GTX465)
DDR3 1600 support without OC
AM3
Micro ATX
4Dimm slots with 12 Gb+ of capability
Better Overclocking capability

I have a Athalon II 640 and will be picking up a phenom II x6 1090T if I can manage a trade.
I have 4 Gb of the ram mentioned in the sig and just picked up 8 more off trade of the same Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600Mhz.

I like the MSI 890GXM-G65 But it is not sli friendly( I am not really looking for SLI it is MATX after all). Can SLI be enabled with a hack firmware? I haven't found too many reviews one way or the other about converting an Xfire chipset to SLI and currently have little faith in the process.
I am sure there is a unanimous vote on one board and I will probably buy it. Thanks!
Edited by cook - 10/11/10 at 10:17pm
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MSI 890GXM-G65 is the only microATX AM3 motherboard that I found capable of multi - VGA cards setup. I believe we do have a SLI hack for crossfire motherboard, yet I don't know if it could apply for this particular motherboard.

If you're looking for single VGA setup, take a look at mine:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-197-_-Product
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I see you are overclocked to 3.61GHz, have you been any higher? I am wondering if it may be better to go ATX and just make new room. Not wanting to buy a new case, but (as my 2 year old says) it happens.
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Well, I'm not trying to go higher since it's already the limit for my cpu cooler, yet I do believe 4.0Ghz is not a problem with proper cooling.

If you're kind of a person who always want to upgrade your rig, then go for a full ATX motherboard. At first, I thought I was going to be OK with this microATX build. Time comes by and I always want to put more things in my rig (sound card, more hard drives and another 470 for SLI, perhaps), so I really regret that I did not go for full ATX build.
However, if you're OK with your rig for a while, then microATX is not bad at all.
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