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hey guys im looking in to upgrading my cheapo-but descent mobo (M5A78L-MX Plus which supports vishera hence why decent) to an overclocking motherboard. Currently have the Phenom II x6 1045T and i want to possibly hit 3.8-4.0Ghz which motherboard that is budget wise

of max to $120 (looking hopefully for $80 price range or something open box at ncix?) should i head for? im looking for one with support for USB 3.0 for front panel of my NZXT Phantom full tower case biggrin.gif thanks !

Update: Looking for an AM3+ motherboard thats around ~ 110 or lower thats a good overclcoker + support for front USB3
Toronto/ Boston stores (this weekend only)
Edited by aLb.Strykr - 11/15/12 at 7:57pm
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so your looking for open box for $120 max??? sorry I'm not sure if i read all your prices right haha

if so you should be able to find some ASRock 990FX Extreme4's right around that price (they are 140 new) and I absolutely love mine. I have my 955X4 sitting at 4.0Ghz but have had it up to 4.2 Ghz max stable (just too close to max temp for my personal comfort) but it overclocks great IMHO

It comes with 2x USB 3.0 Front panel ports as well so you get 2 more to whatever you have up front
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There is the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 for $89.99 plus it has 6+2 phase power and it is new.
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what about the 990FAX-UD7? maybe i have the wrong one but someone is selling it used locally for ~ 150, is it a good board?
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what about the 990FAX-UD7? maybe i have the wrong one but someone is selling it used locally for ~ 150, is it a good board?
It is the best mobo that giga-byte makes.
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There is the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 for $89.99 plus it has 6+2 phase power and it is new.

The Asus M5A97 Evo R2.0 has 6+2 power. The standard model only has 4+2.
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The Asus M5A97 Evo R2.0 has 6+2 power. The standard model only has 4+2.
Sorry my bad.
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The Asus M5A97 Evo R2.0 has 6+2 power. The standard model only has 4+2.

How much difference would that make (4+2 vs. 6+2) for overclocking a Vishera? If it's going to cost me ~50MHz all things being equal (same cooling, CPU, PS, etc.) then it's not worth the difference. If it might cost ~100+ MHz overclock, then I might consider springing for the 6+2 power phase boards.

Asking because I can pick up a brand new M5A97 R2.0 (non Evo) for $85 right now at a local store.

Thanks for any info.
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I just answered my own question by looking at the:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1318995/official-fx-8320-fx-8350-vishera-owners-club

In the 24/7 stable database, tinouTHEdino has an M5A97 Rev. 1 board running an 8350 at 5GHz!

If I'm honest with myself, I'm probably not going to crossfire my 7950. I don't believe in sinking another $300 into this generation of graphics cards, and there's honestly no game I can't play to my satisfaction with just fine with the one card. So that's it! I've finally decided I'm going to grab an Asus M5A97 R2.0 board for $85 at a local store. I just can't resist such as good deal. Now I've got to order my 8350 chip, too!

I'll spend the extra $$ I'm saving on the motherboard on other things, like putting it towards an SSD or more ram.
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what about the 990FAX-UD7? maybe i have the wrong one but someone is selling it used locally for ~ 150, is it a good board?

hold the phone on that unless it's a stellar deal..
as for the 5a97..it's OK..Do they have Biostar TA990fxe up there?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/ASUS-M4A89GTD-PRO-USB3-AMD-890GX-HDMI-Phenom-support-Socket-AM3-ATX-Motherboard-/270832980651?pt=Motherboards&hash=item3f0ee752ab This supports am3+ ..so does Crosshair 4

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_335&item_id=043981 ta990 ..imo better than m5a97 990chipset=latest..970 chipset=old
My DFI am2+ is 970 chipset
Edited by Schmuckley - 11/10/12 at 5:56am
 
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