Help with Final Piece of the Puzzle & Compatability?


May 23, 2010
Here's what I've decided on so far for my first build:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: Modtek Alien-X
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
VC: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

All that's left is a Mother Board. Was wondering if you guys could give me the top 3 Mother Boards for under $110. And top 2 under $120. Then this weekend, I'll search for the best possible combo deals I can find, to save the most money, hopefully clicking "Order" on Saturday Night for my first build!

I will not be SLI or CF at any time. I will be interested in mild Over-Clocking in the future, but nothing extreme. 1280x1024 Resolution. This PC will be used for Final Fantasy, where from time to time I run 2 applications of the game at once. I also have 5-10 Multi-Tab web browsing and Ventrillo on simultaneously through the game. I don't know if any of this matters for the MoBo as I haven't the slightest clue about computers, but thought it was worth mentioning. Future proofing is nice, I've read about the USB 3.0, and that interests me, but I don't really know enough about it, for it to be a deciding factor. I don't specifically have any brand preference, but it seems like Gigabyte and Asus are the safe quality bets.

Thank you in advance for any and all advice,
^ That is a good set of components IMO...
And here is a very good mobo that fits the bill...
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870
Even MSI is a very good company, which is fast catching up with ASUS and Gigabyte on the quality dept...So no issues going with MSI...

And a heads up...that 550W might not suffice for 2x HD 5770 crossfire...And that is the reason why I suggested this mobo...Even though it says it can do crossfire, but it is not worth it as the 2nd card would run at x4 speeds, which is a bottleneck for these cards...
And also for your resolution, a single HD 5770 would max out even the demanding games like Crysis and Far Cry type games...
So if you are not a hardcore gamer and want everything to run @ max settings all the time, then I would suggest you to stick with a single powerful graphics solution even if you want to upgrade...


Jan 27, 2009
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard found on newegg for about $85 shipped and a very good motherboard for your needs.

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