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sorry if this is in the wrong section


anyway, im looking for a good motherboard that supports 4 gb of ram, has a pci-e slot, and is easy to set up. this is my first computer i am making (thats custom) so you can expect to hear from me more than once.

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I think anything based on Intel's P45 is a good bet. Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte would be my choice of brands and Newegg my choice of store.


If you want integrated graphics that are any good, a motherboard based on Nvidia's 9300 is the best way to go.


All of these boards are going to meet your requirements.
 

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alright, thanks guys!

one more thing, i was recommended an intel pentium processor (not sure the model name), but i found another processor (AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz), is it really worth the extra $50? i want to keep it in the $60 to $100 range and i didn't know if this is a good choice.

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Well geez ya could have said you were looking at amd's lol if thats trhe case, I can't recommend a good board because I haven't used and amd board since my last DFI Lan Party ut board (which was kick ass!)
 

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looks like a good one...it has good reviews and ASUS is a top-tier brand.


This will be upgradable to a X4 processor...and probably an X6/X8 when the time comes too.


For the price, AMD is competitive with the Core2 line. Not the i7, but a CPU/MB for those is like $500+. It may be worth it to wait and see what Intel's socket 1156 has to offer next month.
 

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Here are my parts list (subject to change)


CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103680


Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131398


Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319


RAM: (3x) Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148147


Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119077


Power Supply: Sunbeam PSU-BKS-480-US 480W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709010


Im also getting:

Anti-static wrist strap

wifi card

Windows vista (im just sticking to vista because of a tight budget)


Total Price (not including s/h): $521.94
 
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