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I presently have an ASUS M4A785-M mobo with an AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE and 8GB Kingston DDR2-800 RAM. I am planning on an upgrade soon and I'm looking for opinions as to the best mobo for oc'ing. I'm keeping the 955 and don't plan on upgrading THAT anytime soon. I've been more than happy with it as for stability and speed. I AM going to also get a Corsair H80 cooler. I'm kind of leaning towards an ASUS M5A97 mobo. How good or bad is it? What's better?

This IS a gaming rig with, eventually an EVGA 550Ti or better.

Thanks for any opinions.
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Sabertooth 990FX or Crosshair V Formula R2.

You did say best.

By the way, the H80 sucks. High end air cooling stomps it, no matter what fans you put on it- and, high end air is worlds quieter.
    
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I guess I should have specified the best for $100 or less. If I could afford it, I'd certainly get a Sabertooth and maybe an AMD 1055T and a GOOD liquid cooling system, a NZXT case and a 1200w PSU. The H80 is the only cooler I've seen that will easily fit the case I have, an Ultra mid-tower.

I've seen a M5A97 for about $90. Add to that 8GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM for around $90 and an EVGA GT 550Ti for about $140, I can keep everything around $300 or so.
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The H80 is the only cooler I've seen that will easily fit the case I have, an Ultra mid-tower.

Understandable then, I assumed you had room since any solid overclocking comes on the full ATX spec, mATX boards generally lack CPU power phases.
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Corsair Vengeance RAM for around $90

lachen.gif Since you're in the US: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096 - will destroy almost anything, especially for its price.

The M5A97 isn't a bad board by any means, however if you can get your hands on a M5A99 EVO (or 97 PRO? EVO?) iirc, they are slightly better. Definitely want to make sure you add some VRM cooling (40mm fans!)
    
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i would get the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 for $105
it has an 8+2 power phase design, and heatsinked vrms.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

and i agree with mezmenir, get the samsung "wonder" ram for half the price of that corsair vengence
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

and as for the 550ti, i would get the 7770.
it is a better price, and offers better performance, lower heat, lower noise, and lower power consumption.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402
Edited by thepoopscooper - 10/6/12 at 3:40pm
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I'm just going to assume for the moment that the 8GB of Vengenace ram for $90 was a typo. I sure hope that he meant to say 8GB x 2 for $90. That would sound about right. From all the reviews I would have to agree that you can't go wrong with the samsung 30nm ram. I would have picked up some myself but it was constantly sold out due to extremely high demand 6 months ago. Since then I have been pretty happy with my Vengeance Arctic White. The 970a-ud3 is a great motherboard for its price unless you want to run 2 high end graphics cards. If you are planning that then go with the 990fxa.
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post #7 of 42
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Wow......I checked that Gigabyte mobo, looks good. And the Samsung RAM, I could get 16GB for $90. I nearly bought a used 6770 (I think) last month. That 7770 looks like a good deal. I'm getting some good suggestions here.

Thanks alot, guys.
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I guess I should have specified the best for $100 or less. If I could afford it, I'd certainly get a Sabertooth and maybe an AMD 1055T and a GOOD liquid cooling system, a NZXT case and a 1200w PSU. The H80 is the only cooler I've seen that will easily fit the case I have, an Ultra mid-tower.
I've seen a M5A97 for about $90. Add to that 8GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM for around $90 and an EVGA GT 550Ti for about $140, I can keep everything around $300 or so.
i have the m5a97 motherboard,,,ita been a good board,,,but its only a crossfire board,,so if you ever wanted 2 gt550 s,,it wont work for you
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Yeah, I made a mistake on the Vengeance RAM......I've seen 8GB going for $45 so I was planning on 16GB at around $90. So far, it looks like either the Samsung or Corsair.
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As an owner of a GA-970A-UD3, I can say it is not as good at overclocking as a Crosshair.

My chip clocks to 4.8Ghz on my board and 5.0Ghz on a my buddies Crosshair (same ram modules, etc)

But, 4.8Ghz ain't too bad. There's a reason all the records are held by Sabertooths and Crosshairs.
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