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post #21 of 48
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Thank you Truckerguy, (I did OTR for 5 years from '85 to '90, loved it),

I went right to that link and that board definitely has the price right. I'm going to check out narmour's suggestion as well. But I'm not planning to keep the board I choose for very long. Even if it can take a Piledriver I'll likely buy a board that runs somewhere around $160. and that's only if the Piledriver winds up out performing the i7 2600k.

That's why I'm looking at $80.00 boards for now. The board won't have much of a future beyond the 965 I have. And based on what you all told about some of the higher quality mobos, I'm going to make sure I match my CPU choice with one that can 'take it'.

Thanks again, I trully appreciate it!
post #22 of 48
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BTW Narmour, I wonder if the American version of the M5N97 is the M5A97?
post #23 of 48
Looks like you got alot of good answers already, in my opinion Biostar makes great boards and I've never had a issue with the 3 I've owned, I personally would have gotten the 990FXE this time around also but the slot spacing wasn't going to work for me along with my Xonar ST so I ended up paying the extra money for the Crosshair. I think if your on a budget the 990fxe would be my recommendation, as for the people suggesting Intel, I've used them both in the past and there is probably a valid argument for using Intel for what your doing but I haven't personally done any research on that front myself, I think in the end I think the 990fxe is a good overall board on a budget and I've never had a reason to not suggest Biostar for quality or value. If your budget does have some room I would suggest the Crosshair V, again just my opinions based on past experiences with Biostar and current experience with my new Crosshair V.
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post #24 of 48
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Thank You Linear! I can see that the Crosshair V is a favorite with many. The Biostar was a make that I completely forgot about until now. I remember reading some of the reveiws in the Biostar and they were pretty good. I think I'll just take a look and see what they were doing to refresh my memory.

Right now it's all about getting some "practice" with OC'ing using various methods that I couldn't use before because my stock HP mobo is locked up tight. So I wanted to keep the price down on the mobo because it's looking like I may be replacing everything with an i7 and SB mobo.

Even if the Piledriver manages to show great speeds at or above the 2600k and I wind up getting that, I'll still be getting rid of the mobo I buy now for one that would be best for the Piledriver as exclusively recommened.

So anymoney I put into a mobo right now needs to be about $80.-$90.
Thanks again
post #25 of 48
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Well as a "Temporary" board, (I'm not so sure about that), I went and ordered the ASRock MB-970 EX4. It was about $16.00 more than the Asus but it has eSATA and the ASUS didn't. On the other hand, the ASUS had 12 - 2.0 USB ports 6 of which were accessible from the back.

The ASRock only had 4 - 2.0 USB ports that were accessible from the back but they also had 2 - 3.0 USB ports that were accessible as well; (the ASUS had 1). So I ordered a 2.0 USB HUB that will replace the mess of 4 port hubs I have plugged in.

I also grabbed 8 GB's of RAM by Corsair: (Vengeance 1600MHz), because I needed faster RAM and a Low Profile to squeeze past the Radiator fans on the H100. Right now I have a Push/Pull configuration but I have only 1 fan 'pulling' and 2 fans 'pushing' because the Seagate RAM I have, (1333 MHz), is too tall for the forth fan.

I'm not sure when I'm going to actually take the time to install, check, clock, and tweak all that but it'll be here Thursday, (2-23-12). It'll keep me busy and maybe too busy so I'll have to plan it out carefully because I know I'm going to kill at least 2 days messing with it and reading and then messing with it again. And that's if I don't run into any problems, (I seriously doubt that I'll pull this off without any problems!).
post #26 of 48
Not sure if anyone has listed this board but:


ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157267

I ordered this board a couple weeks ago and love it. Great for overclocking and seems very stable. Has plenty of room for multiple GPUs and looks decent too.
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post #27 of 48
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Thanks Jared, but I hasd already gone almost $20.00 over my max. But maybe you can tell me something real quick:

I just realized that the Corsair 2x4 1600MHz Low Profile Ram I ordered didn't say if it was for AMD or not. I didn't think the CPU make mattered but another set of RAM cards on the same page mention how they were good for all the INTEL CPU's!

This is the exact way the RAM I bought was Titled in Amazon:
"Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM CML8GX3M2A1600C9"

Do you know if that needs to be used with a particular mobo or CPU? I have a AMD of course and I'm trying to find this out real quick so I can canel that order if it's only for Intel.
Thanks
post #28 of 48
It's compatible.
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post #29 of 48
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Well I managed to get to the Corsair site and using their "compatability finder" tool, it appears that they will be fine for the AMD processors because they name that ASRock mobo's board number as a compatable board.

I probably should have gone there first but it looks like I did ok. The timings are 9-9-9-24-2T and my Seagate RAM Times at 9-9-24-33-2T, (can that be right?). It is 1333MHz and I'm only learning about timings for RAM but that seems quite a bit different.
post #30 of 48
The Asrock board has a 4+1 power phase - I'm not sure if you would overclock to heavily on that board.

The M5A97 is the board I meant - must have typed it incorrectly. redface.gif
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