Originally Posted by Red1776
Great, you, CSS and I can start the AMD-FX-8350_AARP owners club
Yeah, if the free ground shipping ever gets my FX-8350 to me!
I still haven't figured out the motherboard side of the equation yet. Motherboards are an item I insist on buying from a local store in case it's defective. I've had enough DOA motherboards in my time not to trust the mobo lottery, and pay for shipping coming and going to boot.
So, based on available local stock, my choices are:
Gigabyte 790FX-UD3 - $125 - $10 MIR = $115 (I'm scared of the crappy NB heatsink on this one)
Gigabyte 790FX-UD5 - $170 - $20 MIR = $150 (love the better NB heatsink w/heatpipe to VRM heatsink, but don't like the single slot spacing between the x16 slots for 2 graphics cards
Gigabyte 790FX-UD7 - $200 - $30 MIR = $170 - (NO STOCK)
Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $85 (On special. Probably best bang for the buck board, but won't run 2 graphics cards at full speed due to x16+x4 slots)
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 - $135 (This is probably the best all-around cheap board for dual-graphics)
Asus M5A99FX PRO 2.0 - $155 (same as one above, but with x16+x16 slots for crossfire/SLI)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 - $190 (I don't understand the slot layout on this board. Can you or can you not space 2 graphics cards more than 1 slot apart and still get x16+x16 PCI-E electrically? It doesn't look like it from what I see, but maybe I'm wrong?)
Asus Crosshair V Formula - $220 (Don't think this board is necessary, and I don't like the slot layout once again.)
BIOSTAR TA990FXE - $110 (on special. Cheapest 990FX board, but has single-slot spacing between x16 slots for 2 graphics cards like the UD5. Quality/reputation is dubious.)
So those are my options. I think I'd really like to get the UD7, but it's out of stock, and I'd have to order it online. For the others, store policy allows me to return any of these boards without penalty within 15 days no questions asked, even if there's nothing wrong with them. Since they're all available locally, there's no shipping to pay. I tried an Asus M5A99FX Pro 2.0 board, and I liked it quite a bit except it won't unlock cores (not a big deal with the FX-8350), and even bigger turn-off: it won't even post with my Gigabyte Windforce 7950 card if I'm using the 1000MHz/1375MHz 7970 bios I'm using with it just fine in my old Gigabyte board. I strongly suspect I would have this problem on any of the newer Asus boards, so really I'm down to the Gigabyte boards, unless anybody has any thoughts?
Ultimately, I'd like to overclock the 8350 with a Corsair H100 (or possibly custom water-not sure yet) and run two 7950s in crossfire, ideally both bios flashed like my current 7950.
I welcome all and any suggestions!