Best mobo / ram to go with this rig?

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cpu: amd phenom ii 720

gpu: radeon hd 4890

case: antec 300

psu: antec ea650

not gonna OC or use dual graphics card
 

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That CAS 5 DDR2 800 RAM linked above isn't a good match for that system at all.

 
I have used, built and tested AMD rigs and i have found no difference w/e between 800 and 1066 for a real world desktop environment. If one required extra headroom for OC fair enough In fact most of clients upgrade to 1066 with this misconception and end up having issues getting their 1066 to run at 1066 due to lack of experience!
 

Using DDR2 1066 RAM on an AMD build has nothing to do with overclocking. The integrated RAM controller benefits from the additional bandwidth without overclocking the CPU, unlike Intel Core 2 chips.
 
We'll have to agree to disagree. This isn't helping the OP. DDR2 1066 has never been a problem for any of my builds. A Phenom II really deserves RAM that will take full advantage of the CPU's built-in RAM controller IMO.
 

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is it better to go with a mobo that supports ddr3 ram and go with ddr3? or stick with ddr2 ram? is there a big difference?

also, what does it mean when a mobo comes with an onboard gpu?
 
Well thats up to you but the gains from DDR2-->DDR3 aren't great. Onboard GPU means the integrated graphics that is available on certain chipsets/motherboards Example you have a GF8200 on 750a , HD3200 on 780G, and HD3300 on 790GX