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Windows 7: motherboard decision: Asus - Gigabyte

27 Mar 2016   #1
Chulain

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motherboard decision: Asus - Gigabyte

note: There's a TL;DR version, scroll down

Hey guys! My 6870 popped a blue screen few months ago and according to you guys it was dead, RIP.
This week I got a new GPU! a GTX 960 and it's working great so far.

But! It was too big for my case, my friend still had an old pc lying around he didn't use and it was okay with him if I took it so I did. Now this pc still had everything on it and its motherboard was bigger than mine (more space, yay?) so I installed that one instead.

Everything works great but I wasn't feeling so comfortable with it, I thought a sudden hardware change, that could mess up some stuff (driver related) and googling a bit around, it was suggested to reinstall windows when getting another mobo.

Too bad I didn't know this, installed the motherboard right away and messed up the drivers already, I would've sticked too my old mobo if I knew..
Too late I guess! Time to format my pc (again.. yawn)

I wanted to make sure this mobo I'm using is actually better than my old one because changing later again means reinstalling windows again...

So I wanted to ask you guys, which of these motherboards look better to you? I'm not really sure how to measure motherboards, I think you just look at what features it has and hasn't?

The only real differences I've noticed was the chipset (amd 880g vs amd 760g) and the slightly better onboard gpu (yay?)

Now, you should know I won't upgrade my hardware again, I will stick to what I have and even if I upgrade, my next cpu will definitely be an Intel. (so new motherboard)
Both of these mobos support my amd 1090t.


TL;DR

Which of these motherboards should I use? They both have everything I need, is there any feature that would result into maybe better performance, or any useful feature I'm missing?


Gigabyte vs Asus


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27 Mar 2016   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

You'll get better performance out of the 880g based mobo than you will a 760 based mobo. The 880 is a more advanced chipset.
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27 Mar 2016   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
But! It was too big for my case, my friend still had an old pc lying around he didn't use and it was okay with him if I took it so I did. Now this pc still had everything on it and its motherboard was bigger than mine (more space, yay?) so I installed that one instead.
Well mate that unless you installed a new OEM was not a clever move because of the activation stuff on the friends old board.

Now as for the boards as Mellon Head says better specs on the 880 board.
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28 Mar 2016   #4
Chulain

win 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Well mate that unless you installed a new OEM was not a clever move because of the activation stuff on the friends old board.
Uhm meaning what exactly?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
You'll get better performance out of the 880g based mobo than you will a 760 based mobo. The 880 is a more advanced chipset.
I was kind of impatient and I liked my Asus board's bios more, installed it last night.
How much performance difference are we talking about? (amd 880g vs 760g chipset)
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28 Mar 2016   #5
Chulain

win 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I've swapped to the gigabyte board today, apparently something's wrong with that board, I could not get windows installed on an empty hard disk.

Reinstalled my Asus board.
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