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Help with Processor and Motherboard Combination

By Ritwik7
Jul 23, 2009
  1. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    The Gigabyte 790GX chipsets are available. But at an exorbitant price.
    Will a 780 Chipset make a great difference?
    Also is it OK if the Black Edition is not available or should I spend some more time looking for it.

    Thanks again mate.
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,914   +93

  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    One final question before I personally hit the stores tomorrow. My current RAM is PC25300 (DDR2 667Mhz). Will I need to change it when changing my CPU and mobo? Will it significantly degrade performance?

    Will let you guys know everything finally after a personal survey as to what is available and what is not.

    Thanks a lot for all the help and cooperation. (That's one thing I LOVE about TechSpot! :))
     
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    After going mad for over 8 hours in the hardware market it seems that the only boards I'll get in my budget will be the 790GX chipsets.

    Either
    1. Gigabyte GA-MA-790GP-XXXX (Vendor's aren't sure which...)
    2. Asus M4A-78 E

    Which in your opinion would be a better buy (with the Phenom II 940 Black Edition)? And, as I asked before, do I need to change my DDR2 667 Mhz RAM?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    You don't need to change your RAM. And I'd prefer Gigabyte; ASUS mobos have issues with some RAM kits. The only possible choices you have are the GA-MA790GP-UD4H and the GA-MA790GP-DS3H. The only difference would be in overclocking, where the former would have the edge. Otherwise, they're basically the same board and performance will be similar, if not exactly the same.
     
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    Thanks Rage.

    Its sad that I'm having to shell out extra for the 790GX chipset as the 790X isn't available. If it isn't too much of a price difference I'll try and stretch to the 790FX chipset.

    Another question, how do MSI and other boards rate in comparison to Gigabyte and ASUS. MSI seems to be pretty popular with AMD in my city. I think there's also stuff like Biostar, Abit, Palit, DFI, etc.
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    DFI is the first brand I'd consider after Gigabyte and ASUS. Some MSI boards are decent, and Biostar's TForce range is pretty good too. Abit's stopped making boards, and will honor warranties till 2012 only, so no point getting one. Palit's decent for GPUs; not so sure about their mobos.
     
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    Thank you everyone for all the help. I have bought the Phenom II X3 720 BE and the ASUS M4A78T-E mobo. The new comp is set up and running fine. :)
     
  9. kunjikaly

    kunjikaly TS Rookie Posts: 75

    Can u please tell how much it cost for the combination in India
     
  10. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    @ kunjikaly : About 17000 INR.
     
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    That is pretty expensive mate. Is it for the CPU and mobo only, or does it include the RAM too? If RAM is included, then it sounds about right.
     
     
  12. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,288   +7

    Without RAM. Well, the stuff costs quite a bit in my city!!! And I haven't added the Value Added Tax to it!
     
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