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Old 10-02-2010, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Biggest diffrence between Motherboards?

I was looking for some ways to cut down on the price of my build and I noticed this combo (Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!) The processor is perfect but the motherboard is cheaper then the one I was planning on getting (Newegg.com - ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard). So I was wondering what the most important difference is between the two and should I go for the savings if I want to keep performance up?
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I was planning on building a rig as follows:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965
Ram: 4GB G.Skill
Graphics: GTX 460
Motherboard: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3
Tower: HAF 912 with 5 additional 120 mm fans
DVD Drive: Asus DRW-24BIST
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB
Power: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX
Moniter: 22"Asus

So I was going to buy the CPU and Motherboard together but the combo ran out, so looking at the new combos I see I could save some money by using this:Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! or I could Upgrade both my processor and Motherboard with this: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!.

So my question is should I go with the cheaper combo and downgrade my motherboard and use the extra money to upgrade something else (Like my graphics) or should I go with the better processor? Thanks for the help!
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Default Re: Biggest diffrence between Motherboards?

Your combo has expired, by why in the world do you want to spend that much dosh on a mobo?

The only real difference between that board and this one is that the more expensive one has two X16 lanes, but unless you plan on Crossfiring two top end cards you won't use it.
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