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Buying new computer, worth upgrading mobo?

By eksaint
Apr 30, 2011
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  1. So I'm buying a new computer with a Amd Phenom Ii X6 1075t 3.0ghz Processor.

    I can select to upgrade the motherboard but am not sure if it's really worth it or if I will see any real differences.
    One thing I want is dual monitors I'm upgrading the graphics card to have two dvi outs, if I went with a Ecs A785gm-M Am3 Esata2 Hdmi Dvi & 1394a would this give me the ability to have dual monitors using the onboard video?

    Below is the list of my options, give me your thoughts, thanks very much in advance.

    Amd Socket Am2+ Am3 Athlon Ii / Phenom
    Amd Am3 / Am2 Ddr3 Pci-E Sata2 Mboard
    Ecs Mcp61m-M3 Socket Am3 Ddr-3 Mboard [Add $9.95]
    Ecs A750gm-M Am3 Ddr3 Pci-E Ati Hd2100 [Add $19.95]
    Biostar Mcp6p3 Am3 Nvidia Motherboard [Add $37.95]
    Asus M4n68t-M Am3 7025 Ddr3-1800 Mboard [Add $47.95]
    Asus M4a78lt-M Le Am3 760g Ddr3 Mboard [Add $53.95]
    Ecs A880gm-M7 Ddr3 Amd880g Radeon Hd4250 [Add $56.95]
    Msi 760gm-E51 760g Ddr3 Hybrid Crossfire [Add $57.95]
    Ecs A785gm-Ad3 Am3 Ddr3 Hybrid Crossfire [Add $63.95]
    Biostar A880g+ Amd 880g Am3 Motherboard [Add $69.95]
    Asus M4a88t-M Am3 Amd 880g 5200mt/S Ddr3 [Add $69.95]
    Msi 880gm-E41 Am3 Amd 880g Motherboard [Add $72.95]
    Ecs A785gm-M Am3 Esata2 Hdmi Dvi & 1394a [Add $76.95]
    Msi 785gm-E65 785g Ddr3 Am3 Hdmi Esata [Add $79.95]
    Asrock 880gm-Le Am3 Amd 880g Motherboard [Add $82.95]
     
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    1394A is for Firewire 400 connectors, and absolutely nothing to do with your video card.

    Considering the new AMD "Bull Dozer" platform is due to be released shortly I wouldn't go mad on a new motherboard.

    Most of todays current graphics cards will come with the connectors to facilitate the connection of at least two displays, so that shouldn't be an issue.
     
  3. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +176

    You'd just use the two outputs on the graphics card.

    Conventionally, having a graphics card means disabling the onboard graphics but they are sort of changing that now (see nvidia optimus for laptops). Also I'm not sure if you can use two outputs of onboard graphics simultaneously. But as mentioned before, two outputs of a separate graphics card are fine.
     


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