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Old 01-10-2011, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question best mobo for phenom II x4 965

Hello, I'm buying and phenom II x4 965 and am wondering what would be a good motherboard to buy to get the most out of the processor and that doesn't cost a fortune. I'm looking for something with a am3 socket and 4 slots for ddr3 ram.

Any of these combo kits from newegg seem good??? Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!


I'm also planning on getting a graphics card for it so any suggestions on a good(and afordable) graphics card would be great also. If I have to I could wait on getting a graphics card and get by with the onboard graphics for a while until I got some more money gathered up.

I'll be doing some 3d modeling with an older program on it, maybe a little cad work, some photo editing, a tad bit of video editing (I'm a webmaster for a few sites), etc....


Thanks for the help guys........... and have a good night!
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I lean toward ASUS myself, but that's because they make good boards. I would snag the M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 combo:
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was thinking around $150 if thats possible, if I could get something that would be much better for more I could wait for a couple months and use the on board graphics in the mean time.
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Well for $150 you can get

Newegg.com - MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Or pay an extra $50 and get a radeon 6850 or a superclocked gtx 460, your pick.

gtx - Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

6850-Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE Toxic 100315TXSR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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(same 6850, diff. brand double warranty)- Newegg.com - XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

thing with the gtx 460 is u get 2 games with steam
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What do you think about the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, I was just thinking about spending the extra $50 to get a bit better mobo, and upgrade with a graphics card in a few months, or maybe put some of the money I'd be saving not getting a graphics towards a new LCD monitor........


Thanks again for the help guys!!!
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If you spend $5 more on graphics you can get something much better...
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Thanks abstract, before I worry about a graphics card I'm trying to decide on a mother board. Right now I'm thinking either the asus m4a88t-v evo/usb3 or asus m4a89gtd pro/usb3. Any one have any opinions on either or other ideas???

I was kind of leaning towards m4a89gtd because it will support the 6 core processors if I ever want to upgrade, plus the mobo just seemed to be a little better.
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