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I'm building a rig for my wife and am going AMD this time around, but I've only built Intel before, so don't know much about it.

I'll be using a Phenom II X4 840, and am choosing between one of the four boards below, which one is the best? I am going to be using a single 120GB Vertex 2 SSD, and may use a GPU, although if any of the boards below offer onboard video that'd be great. I'd like to overclock a little but it's not required. My wife basically uses it to play facebook games like Farmville and watch some videos. I'll probably be sticking one stick of 4gb 1333 G.Skill ram in it. So which board should I get, that fits my needs? Thanks.

Biostar A780L3G AM3 760G

MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+
Not buying this one because DDR2, want DDR3

Asus M4N68T-M V2 Socket AM3 630a

Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 760G
Edited by catcherintherye - 3/27/11 at 1:26pm
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post #2 of 10
Asus or the gigabyte I guess.
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Bump, any suggestions? I'm getting these at Microcenter from their free AMD mobo bundles here
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i see you didn't list any budget.i think you should use gigabyte 880gma-ud2h with an athlon x4. the 880g has all the new stuff and the onboard is great.
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Well apparently the Gigabyte MA78 would be a bit better as it has a better integrated GPU. Only downside I see from the Newegg page is the SATA connectors which might get blocked if you use a dual slot GPU. But a right angle SATA cable might help you there.

I don't know much about Biostar but it may be a good board. The Asus also has the older chipset from what it looks like.


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i see you didn't list any budget.i think you should use gigabyte 880gma-ud2h with an athlon x4. the 880g has all the new stuff and the onboard is great.
He listed those few boards because they are offered as part of an AMD package through Microcenter.
Edited by blackbalt89 - 3/27/11 at 1:43pm
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i see you didn't list any budget.i think you should use gigabyte 880gma-ud2h with an athlon x4. the 880g has all the new stuff and the onboard is great.
Yea the 880gma-ud2h is like 34 bucks more if I want to bundle it at Microcenter. What kind of new features that it have that are useful? Is the onboard really that much better?

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Well apparently the Gigabyte MA78 would be a bit better as it has a better integrated GPU. Only downside I see from the Newegg page is the SATA connectors which might get blocked if you use a dual slot GPU. But a right angle SATA cable might help you there.

I don't know much about Biostar but it may be a good board. The Asus also has the older chipset from what it looks like.

He listed those few boards because they are offered as part of an AMD package through Microcenter.
Indeed, ok steering away from the Asus then...maybe I'll drop 10 or 20 more and get one of the higher end bundles..
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i've used this board for two builds..one for my son and one for my dad. the onboard has no problems with video and the game's you are talking about. i think the usb3 might come in handy down the road to. i'd drop the ssd and go with a good 1tb hdd and put the money into something else.
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None are fully HD playback capable (i.e. flash 10.1 or AVC acceleration).
Also, 2 sticks of RAM over 1 always. Dual channel = huge benefit for same price. In addition with a single generic DIMM, your SSD will be bottlenecked and useless. With an SSD you should invest in better RAM to take proper advantage of the performance. To top it off, why get an SSD anyway when all she'd be doing is farmville and videos? You can get the same type of instant boot by doing something called "sleep mode" and an SSD wouldn't make any difference in web browsing anyway. For the same price as that 120GB SSD, you could get 4-6TB worth of hard drives that are plenty fast.

See if you can find a 785G or 880G board for similar price also for better video/HD playback off sites like YouTube, i.e. for $20 more you can get a 880G-E45. And buy your RAM off Newegg and make sure it is dual channel. A 1600Mhz kit is best because they usually cost the same or lower price as 1333 kits anyway.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/27/11 at 2:00pm
post #9 of 10
The Biostar A780L3G sucks if you want to oc on it, because I have one sitting on my desk right now. Plus it is 3 phase power.
I personally go with the M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 bundle.
Edited by dixson01974 - 3/27/11 at 2:00pm
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The Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H would definitely be a step in the right direction in terms of a nicer AMD micro board, and to be honest the 4250 ATi onboard will probably be a nice upgrade over the 32xx in the MA78.

If a tad more video performance is needed without breaking the bank on a dedicated GPU then I say go for the more expensive bundle. Does the more expensive bundle also include a better CPU? Or the same Phenom II x4 840?
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