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Old August 10, 2010, 10:49 AM
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Default GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H vs MSI NF980-G65 Difference?

Trying to building my first computer but I'm stuck at which Motherboard to get... I can't tell the difference between any of them. Can anyone help?

If anyone has any suggestions I'm open to them..
Case - Cooler Master 690 II
Processor - AMD Phenom IIX6 Processor 1055T
Video - nVidia GTX 260 Core 216
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Old August 10, 2010, 12:07 PM
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One is an amd board with crossfire options (the gigabyte) and the other is an nvidia chipset with sli options (the msi)

I personally wouldnt touch an nforce based amd motherboard again ever in my opinion.
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if you hook up with 2 gtx 460's and dont want to fiddle with drivers to get it going, 980a. dont know the boards much, could be brilliant or crap.
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Unless you ABSOLUTELY need SLI, don't buy the MSI. Get the Gigabyte. Great board, easy to setup, and the X6 1055T works out of the box. I setup one recently without issues.
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no plans for SLI so I'll stay with the GA890 another quick question.. do i need a seperate heatsink? i thought stock cooling would be fine but everywhere i go, people are installing heatsinks and all these additional fans...
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no plans for SLI so I'll stay with the GA890 another quick question.. do i need a seperate heatsink? i thought stock cooling would be fine but everywhere i go, people are installing heatsinks and all these additional fans...
For the CPU? I'd say no. Stock cooling is quite adequate, though it does get a bit noisy once you run something CPU intensive or start gaming.

Most people either want to overclock or want absolute silence which is why they opt to replace the heatsink right away.
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coolermaster 212+ all the way, worth the sub 25 dollar pm'ed price
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no plans for SLI so I'll stay with the GA890 another quick question.. do i need a seperate heatsink? i thought stock cooling would be fine but everywhere i go, people are installing heatsinks and all these additional fans...
If you want to overclock, get a good aftermarket heatsink. If you don't plan on overclocking, then there's no point in getting a different one.
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