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Old June 26, 2012, 10:57 AM
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If you don't need USB 3.0 or Sata 3GB/S (really only useful for SSD's) then you could downgrade the motherboard to:

the ASUS M4A88T. It's got onboard video, and it's a little cheaper than the M5A97, so you'll save quite a bit more through not having to buy a discrete GPU.

If you want USB 3.0 or Sata 6GB/s, consider the ASUS M5A88-M. It's about the same price as the M5A97 (usually cheaper, but the M5A97 is on sale) but includes onboard video, so again, no GPU required.

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
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