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Now, I have never owned a ASRock, I us Asus, but because of my strict budget, I was wondering, is it a good buy?

Here is a link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-13-157-280-_-Product

I mean, I usually use a Nvidia, but last black Friday they had a 5990 on sale for $300, I have heard ASRock is a bad company by some, and then others praise their motherboards for being so well built...Is it a good buy?
post #2 of 24
I'm far from an expert, but it looks good to me. Not a bad price either.
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Originally Posted by jacobwt226 View Post

Now, I have never owned a ASRock, I us Asus, but because of my strict budget, I was wondering, is it a good buy?
Here is a link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-13-157-280-_-Product
I mean, I usually use a Nvidia, but last black Friday they had a 5990 on sale for $300, I have heard ASRock is a bad company by some, and then others praise their motherboards for being so well built...Is it a good buy?

I don't have much experience with Asrock but i can tell you that i had this board and i had to take it back because it was overvolting my CPU a bit too much and i couldn't figure out how to fix it.

But it has plenty of features and its well made. I hope it helps
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Asrock branched off from ASUS they aren't too bad. i'll give you bit of expert advice. no matter how tight the budget always get a good board and CPU. My brother was on budget replacing hi socket 939 setup, i bought him an Asrock extreme 3 990fx and 1600mhz ddr3 kingston and to balance the budget i dropped in a 25 dollar Athlon 2 250U cpu it was actually slightly fast than his old cpu and because i got good mobo it is solid and he can upgrade to a better cpu when he gets more money down the road.

I my self got an asrock extreme 4 990fx because it has 8+1 phase versus the 4 phase on the extreme 3 because unlike on my brother machine i actually plan to push my chip about as far as i can overclocking. that is another thing if your gonna overclock you need to check that the board you have has an 8+2 phase design or something recommended here

http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboard-vrm-information-list

^READ THAT^

Don't cry if you motherboard fried or caught fire! yes they do catch fire specially some of the older MSI motherboards.
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I say 4+1, how high do you think I could overclock it? I was planning on going high voltage/high Ghz., I am shooting for 5.0 Ghz with a FX-4100.
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for 5 more dollars go with this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

it has 6+2 phase and it's about the same price
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That is actually, and sadly pushing my budget...
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Well i've had mine for about month and i can say its been a good mobo with my setup (see in sig),Since day 2 i have it at 4.32ghz with 1.4v and its been rock solid and smooth. Better then asus m5a97(in the bios options) i was using b4. So IMO it's a great budget board, coming from a person that has used Asus+biostar brand for years. GL with your choice.
Edited by Glyphor - 3/1/12 at 9:30am
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Can't really ask how far you can oc on 4+1 phase it is more of weather or not you can over clock you have less stable voltage more voltage flex and not able to handle as much heat and power draw as 8+2 phase i'd get a really nice mobo and screw everything else till later.
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Can't really ask how far you can oc on 4+1 phase it is more of weather or not you can over clock you have less stable voltage more voltage flex and not able to handle as much heat and power draw as 8+2 phase i'd get a really nice mobo and screw everything else till later.

You can overclock on that ASRock board OP tongue.gif

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Asrock branched off from ASUS they aren't too bad. i'll give you bit of expert advice. no matter how tight the budget always get a good board and CPU. My brother was on budget replacing hi socket 939 setup, i bought him an Asrock extreme 3 990fx and 1600mhz ddr3 kingston and to balance the budget i dropped in a 25 dollar Athlon 2 250U cpu it was actually slightly fast than his old cpu and because i got good mobo it is solid and he can upgrade to a better cpu when he gets more money down the road.
I my self got an asrock extreme 4 990fx because it has 8+1 phase versus the 4 phase on the extreme 3 because unlike on my brother machine i actually plan to push my chip about as far as i can overclocking. that is another thing if your gonna overclock you need to check that the board you have has an 8+2 phase design or something recommended here
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboard-vrm-information-list
^READ THAT^
Don't cry if you motherboard fried or caught fire! yes they do catch fire specially some of the older MSI motherboards.

You will notice that on that sticky that you linked the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 is recommended and is listed as supporting 140+w CPU's
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