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    Heya guys was looking at this mobo

    Product Description Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 - motherboard - ATX - AMD 790X
    Product Type Motherboard
    Form Factor ATX
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
    Chipset Type AMD 790X / AMD SB600
    Multi-Core Support Dual-Core / Triple-core / Quad-core
    Max Bus Speed 2600 MHz
    Processor 0 ( 1 ) - Socket AM2+
    Compatibility AMD LIVE! Ready
    Compatible Processors Athlon 64, Sempron, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Opteron 1000 series, Phenom, Phenom X4, Phenom FX, Phenom X3
    64-bit Processors Compatibility Built-in
    RAM 0 MB (installed) / 16 GB (max)
    Supported RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
    Supported RAM Integrity Check ECC
    Storage Controller ATA-133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID)
    USB Ports Configuration 10 x USB
    Storage Ports Configuration 1 x ATA, 4 x SATA
    FireWire Ports Configuration 3 x FireWire
    Audio Output Sound card - 7.1 channel surround
    Networking Network adapter - Realtek RTL8111B - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet



    And i want this processor

    "AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor"

    but im not sure if it compatible cos its a Phenom II X4 and mobo says Phenom X4

    Is this compatible?

    Sorry if stupid question!!!!

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    Re: Trouble choosing mobo

    It is compatible - the motherboard is simply older than the Phenom IIs so they don't appear in its list. The only time you'll ever have a compatibility issue with motherboards and processors on the same socket (AM2+ in this case) is if the motherboard can't provide enough power!

    HOWEVER

    If you can stretch an extra £12 get the Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4 instead - it has the newer (and much better) SB750 southbridge chip. it will be £12 well spent!

    If your budget doesn't have any stretch consider getting the more expensive motherboard with a Phenom II X3 720 instead - it's quite a bit cheaper, a very good performer in its own right, and it is *possible* to unlock the 4th core (thanks to ACC in the SB750 chip) so you could end up with the equivalent of the X4 920 anyway!

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    Re: Trouble choosing mobo

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    It is compatible - the motherboard is simply older than the Phenom IIs so they don't appear in its list. The only time you'll ever have a compatibility issue with motherboards and processors on the same socket (AM2+ in this case) is if the motherboard can't provide enough power!

    HOWEVER

    If you can stretch an extra £12 get the Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4 instead - it has the newer (and much better) SB750 southbridge chip. it will be £12 well spent!

    If your budget doesn't have any stretch consider getting the more expensive motherboard with a Phenom II X3 720 instead - it's quite a bit cheaper, a very good performer in its own right, and it is *possible* to unlock the 4th core (thanks to ACC in the SB750 chip) so you could end up with the equivalent of the X4 920 anyway!
    I agree with this advice too!! The SB750 is far better than the SB600!!


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      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4 AMD 790X Socket AM2+ ATX 8 channel audio ATX
      • CPU:
      • AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 6MB L3 Cache
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 8Gb (4x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 XMS2
      • Storage:
      • Western Digital 640GB Hard Drive SATA300 7200rpm 32MB Cache
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 512MB Sapphire HD 4870, PCI-E 2.0, 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 750MHz, 800 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/ HDTV, HDCP
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 650W TX Series PSU - 120mm Fan
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      • Shiny Black Mid Tower ATX Case with LCD Display
      • Operating System:
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      • Monitor(s):
      • 22" LG Flatron
      • Internet:
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    Re: Trouble choosing mobo

    Thank you very much and i think i will prob upgrade the mobo like you said may aswell fork out a lil extra as this beauty will last me a while i hope

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