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Choosing a Motherboard


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I've decided to create my own gaming computer but i do not know what mobo i should get i will most likely get a AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor,and i was going to get a Asus' M2A-VM mobo http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131172 but when looking into graphics cards i second guessed myself and dont know if i should look for a different mobo with pci express 2.0 x16 slots. Any help for a good set up?
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Hi there,

PCI-Express x16 and PCI-Express 2.0 are intercompatible. :)

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thanks, should i try to get a mobo with pci express 2.0? is it really that much better?
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I would, as it's been out for a while. If you're purchasing a motherboard that doesn't have PCI-Express 2.0, then you're getting last-generation equipment. I wouldn't view that as the best choice for my dollar.

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so then would a MSI K9A2 Platinum http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130136 mobo be good in the way of gaming?
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Yeah, it looks pretty good to me.
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so a good processor choice for the motherboard above would the AMD Athlon 64 X2? http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103211 I was looking at a quad core but i dont think it's worth it.
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I guess it depends on your budget, but those Athlon 64 X2's are last generation processors. I'd definitely grab a Phenom if you could afford it, it would well and truly be worth it in my opinion.

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i'm considering it there really not to bad price wise at only about $184 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103291 would the motherboard above still be worthy of such a processor?
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Yeah absolutely! If you looked around a bit, you could probably find a cheaper motherboard that's still reasonable, with all the right specifications.

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