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Hey there people. I'm upgrading my rig with a new processor and motherboard. The processor( Phenom II x4 970) is already being given to me, so I can't change that. However, since I'm getting the processor for free, I suddenly have cash(although not that much) to spend on a relatively good motherboard.

I am looking to get a motherboard that will allow me to overclock the 970 as far as it can go, or at least to a substantial level that will allow it to last a few more years(and the onslaught of new chips entering the market).

I don't really plan to crossfire(at this point, I know most people would say just get a 970 board since I'm not gonna use the extra PCI slots anyways) But then, my concern is with the overclocking ability of 970 boards. Being in the lower end of the model range, would manufacturers cut out its overclocking ability, along with taking out the extra PCI? I'm not so sure how that goes, so if anyone could enlighten me I'd appreciate it.

Anyways, after doing research, I've narrowed my choices to these 2 boards: Asrock Extreme4 990fx and Asus m5a97 evo. Take note that I'm not from the US, and I don't know how the prices are over there, but here they cost pretty much the same. I'm willing to spend an extra 50$ (equivalent in my country's currency) and get either the Asrock Fatal1ty professional or the Gigabyte 990FXA UD5 IF they provide (substantially)more overclocking headroom and durability, but as much as possible, I would really not want to have to spend the extra cash if the other 2 boards would perform just as well, and last just as long.

So what does the community suggest? I'm also open to suggestions, since I'm not that really well versed in overclocking(never done it before actually. This is gonna be my first attempt). But take note that we don't have the variety of items here like in the states(or europe, or probably any other 1st world country lol)

Hoping to hear from you guys! Thanks in advance!
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The ASRock 990FX Extreme 4 will work better comparing against ASUS M5A97. For same price you got 990FX chipset instead of 970. That means you gain 3~5% more performance. Also 990FX has 8+2 Quality Phase Power that means you can overclock more. Without any doubt go with ASRock 990FX Extreme 4.
    
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Hmm...I too am in the same seat as you as I don't X-fire...the 990FXA-UD3 looks good and from my experience with Gigabyte...they're pretty solid. (OC'ed my CPU to 3.5ghz w/o the MOSFETs blowing up.

Get the Asrock 990FX Extreme 4 or the GA 990FX-UD3...they both suit your needs. I might pick one of these up too.
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Ok, thanks for the quick reps. I think I'm leaning towards the extreme 4 as well. But what do you think of the MSI 990FXA-GD65? Its just slightly a bit more expensive, but not as expensive as the UD5, so its well within my budget.

Unfortunately they don't sell the UD3 here frown.gif
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Asrock 990fx extreme 4. solid board with 8+2 power phase. the vrm heatsink comes with free fan for cooling your vrm. got one but still its not up, i still dont have a video card on my build.
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