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I am looking to upgrade my mobo. I have an X2 5600 with a 4850, and a piece of crap motherboard. What's the best I can get for $100 or a little more? I might possibly want to do some minor (noob) overclocking, and eventually maybe upgrade to a Phenom chip. What would you recommend for that price? 780G or 790GX? I mainly play Left 4 Dead on the machine, and I want as smooth an experience as possible.

Thanks!
 

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AMD Motherboards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128376 Giga 770v $75 - $10MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131340 Asus 770v $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387 Giga 790X $110 (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128384 Giga 790GX $140 (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131368 Asus 790GX $140 (xfire)

The 770v has no onboard video, no xfire support and SB700 northchip.
The 780g has onboard video (3200), no xfire support, SB700 northcip.
The 790X has no onboard video, xfire support, SB750 northchip.
The 790GX has onboard video (3300), xfire support, SB750 northchip.

If you want to xfire and have the PSU to do it I'd say go for the 790X, otherwise the 770v.

The only real difference you need to concern yourself with between the SB700 and SB750 is that the SB750 has ACC built in, which allows you to overclock a bit more than you would otherwise be able. However, the Phenom II's have ACC built in the CPU, so if you upgrade path is to a Phenom II then it is only of benefit if you overclock and while you stay with your current CPU.
 

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I'm leaning towards the 790X. Right now I don't plan on running any xfire but it's not a bad option to have with the way video card prices keep dropping. I'm not going to upgrade to a Phenom II anytime in the next few months, so the 790X looks to be the best choice.

Thanks for the advice.
 
Good idea with that 790X.

BTW, it can run two HD 4850 cards with 8x bandwidth on each slot. That's OK for that sort of cards, they won't lose any speed. If you do buy a second HD 4850, make sure your PSU is rated 550W or larger.