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Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 or MSI 970A-G43 AMD 970

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Hi all,
I am unsure whether to get the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 (£50.39) or MSI 970A-G43 AMD 970 (£55.16) for my new build.
I don't plan to do any overclocking, although I may consider a small increment in CPU speed in the future, but I may purchase another board by then.

I'm not fussed about USB 3.0 as I don't have any compatible devices.
Build:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core
RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
GFX: Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon 7770 HD 1GB
PSU: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Any help is much appreciated, as this is the last item to choose on my build.
post #2 of 9
get the 970a-ud3 or the asus m5a97, i wouldn't recommend any board without heatsinked vrms.
it's worth the extra money to get a board that will last.
stay clear of msi.
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get the 970a-ud3 or the asus m5a97, i wouldn't recommend any board without heatsinked vrms.
it's worth the extra money to get a board that will last.
stay clear of msi.
Thank you for the reply.

How much more are they with heatsinked vrms?
I'm on a tight budget you see.
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Personally I would get the Gigabyte 970 UD3, since it has a heatsink and has a 8+2 power phase.

The 8+2 and the heatsink not only keeps your VRMs cool, but you will also have lots of headroom for overclock if you wish to.

The UD3 is pretty much a 990FX UD7 with less PCIe slots and a smaller heatsink.
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Further more, stay clear of MSI as l0max mentioned, since the slightly more expensive G45 is know for breaking down and catching on fire here.
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post #7 of 9
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Thank you both for the replies.
So I basically need to spend £75 otherwise it could overheat/damage components, even if I don't overclock?
I was only looking to spend around £50 you see.
Edited by buyer101 - 3/31/13 at 6:35pm
post #8 of 9
The former is the superior choice, as the price is lower while the VRM design is superior. However, neither boards have stand-alone VRM cooling, so you should use the stock CPU cooler or "downward-blowing" cooler. VRMs get some "cooling" if you are using a CPU heatsink that blows "down" onto the motherboard. Stand-alone cooling (and higher phase counts) are a good safety measure if you are using a tower CPU cooler or any overclocking. Otherwise, investing in the DS3 should be fine. The DS3 should have a VRM over-current protection process that will prevent anything harmful from happening.
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The former is the superior choice, as the price is lower while the VRM design is superior. However, neither boards have stand-alone VRM cooling, so you should use the stock CPU cooler or "downward-blowing" cooler. VRMs get some "cooling" if you are using a CPU heatsink that blows "down" onto the motherboard. Stand-alone cooling (and higher phase counts) are a good safety measure if you are using a tower CPU cooler or any overclocking. Otherwise, investing in the DS3 should be fine. The DS3 should have a VRM over-current protection process that will prevent anything harmful from happening.
Thank you for the reply, I really appreciate your help.
I think I'll go for the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3.
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