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I don't know which of these motherboards to get:

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128444

or

ASUS M4A88T-V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-668-_-Product

I want to spend around 100 dollars so if you have a better suggestion please feel free to post.
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Originally Posted by John` View Post
I don't know which of these motherboards to get:

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128444

or

ASUS M4A88T-V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-668-_-Product

I want to spend around 100 dollars so if you have a better suggestion please feel free to post.
ASUS dude. I got my first ASUS board almost a month ago and it's such a pleasure to OC with.
post #3 of 10
I would get the gigabyte board. They both have similar features and warranties. However, the gigabyte board has sata 6Gbps ports and the asus only have sata 3Gbps. Other than that, they are basically the same board. I usually buy asus, but gigabyte is also a reputable company and if the features are better, that is where i'd go.
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I "think" that is the same board as mine (although mine is the 880GPA) anyways you won't be dissapointed, it is a very nice board.
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I would get the gigabyte board. They both have similar features and warranties. However, the gigabyte board has sata 6Gbps ports and the asus only have sata 3Gbps. Other than that, they are basically the same board. I usually buy asus, but gigabyte is also a reputable company and if the features are better, that is where i'd go.
I might be wrong here, but I think I remember being told that unless you're using a SSD, 6Gbps is overkill?

If that were the case, and you weren't planning on using any SSDs, I would say go with the ASUS board.

But I might say that anyways, because I like ASUS.
    
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I might be wrong here, but I think I remember being told that unless you're using a SSD, 6Gbps is overkill?
Yeah that is true. I'm an ssd fanatic though so I love sata 6Gbps

If there are no ssds involved then it is a toss up between the two boards.
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For Unlocking and getting cores stable I would suggest the Asus, but the bios is normally more complex. The lower included copper weight in this board means if your temps get high then it will cause more wear than on the Gigabyte board.

If you are relatively new to overclocking I would suggest the Gigabyte board. GB boards have extra copper and are a heavier build making them more tolerant to excess heat. The bios settings are kinda restrctive. I like to see exactly how much extra voltage I am adding. GB bios only shows % values.

Both brands are good quality from trusted companys. I would personally choose the Gigabyte board for the 6gb sata and the 2 extra usb ports.
    
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I don't plan on using SSD drives and I probably won't overclock until later. Will the Asus be able to handle a phenom II 955 BE at stock with unlocked cores with a stock fan? I think the extra cores will produce more heat so I can leave them off until I get a better cooling solution.
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post #9 of 10
If you don't need the integrated graphics, just get an 870 chipset board

Otherwise, ASUS board has much better VRMs for same price. Go ASUS.
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Hi guys, I am considering another board. I currently have an Asus M4A78T-E. The rest of the rig is described below. I have gotten it to 3.92 COMPLETELY stable. It will do virtually everything at 3.97. I have read glowing reports on these boards. But looking at the speeds on the first page, only a few are running significantly faster than mine. Do you think one of these would enable much higher speeds?
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