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Looking for suggestions for board to suit my needs

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I've looked at a lot of boards and the Asrock 890FX Deluxe5 seemed like it might be ideal, until I found out the CMOS battery is in a really stupid place, so I was hoping someone might be able to suggest something else.

What the 890FX Deluxe5 gives me is:

Suitable slot layout, leaving the top PCI-E x1 free, the next three slots occupied by my 6950 with Accelero Xtreme Plus II cooler, a PCI slot (2nd from
bottom) for my TV tuner card and a PCI-E x8 above that if I want to Xfire (I'd have to lose the TV card for that, but could get a USB tuner in that eventuality). In fact, I'd probably put my 6950 in the 3rd slot from the bottom (PCI-E x8) and my tuner card in the PCI slot above that, leaving 2 PCI-E x1 and the PCI-E x16 slots free until such time as I go Xfire.

Realtek ALC892 audio, supporting multi-streaming.

Optical and Coaxial audio outputs (which I might never use, but it's nice to have both in case)

8+2 phase power for overclocking

SATA3 and USB3 (including one front USB3 header)

Apart from the CMOS battery, the only things I wasn't sure about is that my Corsair Vengeance DDR3 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) isn't on the QVL, and whether my True Rev.C CPU heatsink with 120mm fan will fit, or will fit but block some of the RAM slots. Mind you, the only board I've seen that looks like the RAM slots have been spaced further from the CPU to avoid this is another Asrock board, the 890GX Pro3 which I'd probably get if the second PCI-E x16 was x8 rather than x4. Also, I don't want any active cooling on the board, as I build very quiet PCs and don't want any little fans ruining it!

The only other board that came close is the Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 but unfortunately that has Realtek ALC889 audio and doesn't support multi-streaming, which rules it out.

I also considered the Asrock 990FX Extreme3, but that's only 4+1 and doesn't have a front USB3 header (not the end of the world), and the Asrock 990FX Extreme4 has the CMOS battery in the same stupid position as the 890FX Deluxe5.
Gaming
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k Asus Z97-A Powercolour HD6950 2GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz LP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung F4 2TB Scythe Kotetsu Windows8.1 x64 Dell U2412M & P2314T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS X4 Sidewinder eVGA SuperNova G2 750W Coolermaster HAF XB A4Tech 
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Onboard Realtek 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k Asus Z97-A Powercolour HD6950 2GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz LP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung F4 2TB Scythe Kotetsu Windows8.1 x64 Dell U2412M & P2314T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS X4 Sidewinder eVGA SuperNova G2 750W Coolermaster HAF XB A4Tech 
Audio
Onboard Realtek 
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post #2 of 4
Thread Starter 
Someone drew my attention to the MSI 990FXA-GD80, which looks like it might be my perfect board, and the slot layout suits me even better than the 890FX Deluxe5, but it's quite expensive at £150, so I'm still interested to know if there's any cheaper alternatives.
Gaming
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k Asus Z97-A Powercolour HD6950 2GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz LP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung F4 2TB Scythe Kotetsu Windows8.1 x64 Dell U2412M & P2314T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS X4 Sidewinder eVGA SuperNova G2 750W Coolermaster HAF XB A4Tech 
Audio
Onboard Realtek 
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Gaming
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k Asus Z97-A Powercolour HD6950 2GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz LP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung F4 2TB Scythe Kotetsu Windows8.1 x64 Dell U2412M & P2314T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS X4 Sidewinder eVGA SuperNova G2 750W Coolermaster HAF XB A4Tech 
Audio
Onboard Realtek 
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post #3 of 4
Check out this thread http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...ers-guide.html


Good luck

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AMD Ph IIx4 955 @ 3.2 Asus M2N32-sli dlx Asus GTX 460 1gb DirectCU MSI GTX 460 1gb Cyclone 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x2gb OCZ ddr2 1066 plats seagate 320gb sata lg supermulti dvd WIN 7 64 
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acer p221w ms SS ST75F-P 750w CM 690modded w/KazeMaster pro 
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ms intellimouse explorer3.0 
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AMD Ph IIx4 955 @ 3.2 Asus M2N32-sli dlx Asus GTX 460 1gb DirectCU MSI GTX 460 1gb Cyclone 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x2gb OCZ ddr2 1066 plats seagate 320gb sata lg supermulti dvd WIN 7 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
acer p221w ms SS ST75F-P 750w CM 690modded w/KazeMaster pro 
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ms intellimouse explorer3.0 
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Cheers. The only other suitable choice looks like the more expensive Asus Crosshair V Formula, so I'll probably get the MSI.
Gaming
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k Asus Z97-A Powercolour HD6950 2GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz LP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung F4 2TB Scythe Kotetsu Windows8.1 x64 Dell U2412M & P2314T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS X4 Sidewinder eVGA SuperNova G2 750W Coolermaster HAF XB A4Tech 
Audio
Onboard Realtek 
  hide details  
Reply
Gaming
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k Asus Z97-A Powercolour HD6950 2GB 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz LP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung F4 2TB Scythe Kotetsu Windows8.1 x64 Dell U2412M & P2314T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS X4 Sidewinder eVGA SuperNova G2 750W Coolermaster HAF XB A4Tech 
Audio
Onboard Realtek 
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