Few Questions, i need help with them.

November 30, 2009 at 06:43:07
Specs: Windows XP
Hi i got a couple of questions involving my pc, just parts info needed and other things, here they are:

1: im looking at 2 mobo's to upgrade from my current, the 2 are a ASUS m4a79xtd evo and the other is ASUS m4a77td pro, which of these do you guys think is better? any other board options you can suggest for around the same price as these would help as well, (must be am3 since im upgrading from am2)

2: Does PCI-express x4 limit the gpu alot compared to it running at x16? or x8?

3: What are the chances of unlocking cores on the Phenom x2 545?

4: which cpu is better between the Phenom x2 545 and the athlon x4 620?

5: which gpu is better, the 4870 with 512mb or the 4850 1gb memory? which will do better at higher res?

thnx for replies, much apprecitated :)

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November 30, 2009 at 07:08:43
Below are two links. Between the two boards you posted the 79 is the better board.

As far as recommendations go you need to decide what features you need and choose a board that has those and doesn’t have features you don’t want or need to pay for.

For instance, are you going to run more than one graphics card, more than two? That is a big issue because multiple cards run the cost up considerably. Boards are more expensive, multiple cards cost more, and a larger and better PSU is needed.



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November 30, 2009 at 07:38:01
well i was planning on getting a second gpu, but after thinking of the costs involved which you brought to my attention, such as a new psu since (mine is 550w coolermaster), and the second gpu, it will cost alot. So then leave those 2 boards and could you recommend me a single PCI-express board that is am3 at around 90-120$?

I found a Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P, is that a decent board or good? it retails for about $80.

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November 30, 2009 at 10:40:18
What features you want/need determines which chip set you want to be one the board. Look at the link above and the link below and then choose a brand name board that has the features needed.


You probably are looking for something with the 790/770 series chip sets.

The board you mentioned looks to be a good choice, assuming it has all the desired features.

Whether or not your current PSU will run a new rig would depend largely on what Graphics card you choose.

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November 30, 2009 at 11:04:11
Features dont really bother me when it comes to the mobo, i just want a stable, well oc'ing board that has good performance in gaming, and supports am3 cpu's and ddr3 ram.

everything else i will most likely never even pay attention to, the only features i will be picky on is the board must be am3, must support ddr3 and can have 1 or 2 pci-express slots, but i most likely will never use the second pci-e slot :P.

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November 30, 2009 at 11:20:54
You could get an AM3 board based on the 785G chipset & just disable the onboard video. Or use the onboard in the interim until you buy a card.

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November 30, 2009 at 11:22:25
about gpu hd 4870 is better card than hd 4850 but if u play games in higher resolution u need more video memory.

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