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post #1 of 16
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I currently have an Asus M5A87 which has some problems of Overclocking and stability with my FX8120, Im currently thinking on getting an Asus M5A97, do you guys recommend any other motherboard which will work for my current CPU (FX8120) and maybe an update for the next CPU from AMD this year (piledriver)

Im looking to find a sweet spot for price / performance, obviously I can go with Asus Crosshair but $220 is a little bit too much for my budget, what motherboards do you guys recommend?

I was looking to buy a M5a97 evo, there is 3 versions of this mobo, regular, evo, and pro, does anyone knows whats the difference between them? and what would be the best?

I have 16GB Ram DD3-1600 from Corsair btw.
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post #2 of 16
You can take look at these.... http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375772 or http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366425 I've heard good OC's with that FX8120.
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Thanks, couple of questions How is the support on Gigabyte releasing new bios? I have heard that some bios releases are not stable as previous one and ppl needs to actually go back in the bios :S
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post #4 of 16
i remember when i had the 990XA Gigabyte and people were using the new bios which was in beta form, it screwed my start up so i reverted then when the actual release Bios came out it ran smoothly. soo to me it's the Beta's and Alpha Bioses that get you redface.gif
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post #5 of 16
as you want to over clock Id recomend this board you get the same performace as the Corsshair but with out all the extra fluff


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736R


I have one and Im very happy with it its one Tuff board
post #6 of 16
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Thanks for your suggestions, I will take a real look into the sabertooth edition or maybe the UD7 from gigabyte.

One more question, Like I said I have an Asus m5a87 motherboard, If I get my new motherboard (lets say sabertooth), would I need to fully or make a clean install to my windows7? Is there anyway to avoid this?

Thanks for the suggestions, does anyone knows if Asus is coming up with new mobos for AM3+? or there is no point on waiting for a price drop?
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post #7 of 16
well stay with a Asus motherboard thiers a better chance you wont have to do a fresh install but you are going with a diffrent chip set as far as newer mobo's you can rest asured they are comming but you can never tell when but I know if you wait till the price drops more then likly you will want the newwer stuff,,lol
post #8 of 16
No you don't I have gone from asus board to this Asrock and didn't have to re-install W7. Just might have to install some drivers and onboard sound. But if you start having stability issues, then yes your going to have to re-install W7.
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Glyphor View Post

No you don't I have gone from asus board to this Asrock and didn't have to re-install W7. Just might have to install some drivers and onboard sound. But if you start having stability issues, then yes your going to have to re-install W7.

AsRock actually was at one point a subdivision of Asus, so I imagine they have a good deal of similarities, AND you got lucky. I've never had a Win install survive a switch.... tongue.gif

I think a Sabertooth would be a good choice. With the current FX chips, if you want to get a good OC at all, you really need to shell out the cash. They are very hard on VRMs, and typically budget boards skimp pretty hard on voltage regulation.

I would actually like to know how far GB has come with bios revisions regarding FX. I love their products, but man, they had a lot of issues getting their boards to work with FX.
post #10 of 16
^^That's True, So he might get lucky then. biggrin.gif If he stays with the Asus lineup. Don't get the m5a97 had alotta issues with it (OC and the board would get really hot, might have been the cuz of a bad mobo, so didnt want to take a chance)and thats why i switch to this Asrock
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