I have a little dilemma. I bought a new case for better cooling/airflow and also for it's USB3 ports on the front (Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case) when it was on sale a couple weeks ago. But I was about to start switching over all my components, and I realized that my 'old' AM3 MSI 890FX motherboard doesn't have any internal USB3 headers to hook up to the front ports. So, I'm looking for a new AM3+ motherboard that will work with my Phenom II 1090T, and provide me with USB3 headers on the motherboard for 2 ports.
Some motherboards also have boosted power to their front ports for better charging of phones/USB devices. I like that feature option.
I'm not super interested in overclocking, but if it has features that make that easy I'll try it.
I have a Asus xonar dx soundcard (and a Creative Labs Audigy as backup) so onboard sound quality it not really an issue. Also, I have a Radeon 7970, so I'm not interested in any onboard graphics capabilities.
The board I am looking at is the GA-990FXA-UD3 (on sale - $50 off at NCIX). I'm curious if anyone has any other suggestions that I should consider, or if they have had bad experiences with these.http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php? ... omoid=1115
With a new motherboard, I was also thinking about adding more RAM (just to save on shipping...
). Right now I have 8 GB of Mushkin Silverline (2x4GB - DDR3 1333 [PC3 10666] Timing 9-9-9-24, latency 9 - 1.5V). I'm not sure what kind of impact it will have to add different brand RAM. Most now seems to be DDR3 1600 PC3-12800. Does it matter if I add this, or should I be looking for the same DDR3-1333?