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ASRock 970 EXTREME3 or GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3?

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Hello, I am deciding whether the
ASRock 970 EXTREME3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-280&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=false&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

or the

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128521&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

is better for my gaming build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/edlook/saved/1GCK

If you have any other suggestions, please reply. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 11
I would just grab a much faster and more power efficient i5 3350p with any cheap H61 board tbh...

But, if you insist on going AMD, i'd pick the AsRock myself, or the GB 970A-UD3.
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post #3 of 11
I have a 3350p with ASRock B75M DGS R2.0 and it was plug and play man. As long as you're not worried about overclocking or SLI/Crossfire, this was a great purchase. There are times processes stagger, but that is probably due to my HDD. Both of those totaled just over $200 I think. I'll sell you mine if you want. biggrin.gif
post #4 of 11
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I want to keep my build under $900 or so before taxes so I chose AMD.
post #5 of 11
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-1003523l

Grab this much much much cheaper 7950. Comes with the same games, a extra $20 MIR and fully unlocked voltage and such using TriXX while Gigabytes are usually locked.

Thjs saves you over $50 to spend on a i5 + board.

Trust me on this one, or look for some benches haha.
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post #6 of 11
It's more important to get a quality motherboard for AMD than it is for Intel, mainly due to the power requirements and heat management of the CPU. I wouldn't buy any AMD motherboard cheaper than $100 imo, but that's just me.
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Originally Posted by Ryude View Post

It's more important to get a quality motherboard for AMD than it is for Intel, mainly due to the power requirements and heat management of the CPU. I wouldn't buy any AMD motherboard cheaper than $100 imo, but that's just me.

I second this. So, I would suggest this MoBo. ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 $119.99. I used this MoBo for a friends build and it is a champ, wish I would have used it on my own build because it OC's better and more stable than my M5A97. Also, if you switch the GPU to that Sapphire one that was recommended, you can throw that MIB money towards the MoBo and still be within budget. Sapphire GPU's are also top notch imho, I have one and it is a great, OC's great, runs cool, just a little loud when the fans are turned up past 60%, but at that point I am gaming so I'm either blasting the game through my speakers or headset. Also, I am all for AMD builds, so I say stick with AMD. Not that I dislike Intel, I just have AMD so I am a bit partial to them, good luck. Cheers.
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post #8 of 11
Speaking as a 970 Extreme3 owner, I would not recommend it if you plan on doing even the littlest bit of overclocking. One of the biggest things that I feel this motherboard lacks is offset adjustment for LLC (load line calibration). LLC on this board also seems to be 'different'..
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Originally Posted by Imprezzion View Post

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-1003523l

Grab this much much much cheaper 7950. Comes with the same games, a extra $20 MIR and fully unlocked voltage and such using TriXX while Gigabytes are usually locked.

Thjs saves you over $50 to spend on a i5 + board.

Trust me on this one, or look for some benches haha.

I just swapped the Gigabyte card for your Sapphire. Thanks!
post #10 of 11
Cheapened up your build to almost 900 before taxes and shipping.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T40 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($21.31 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.79 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $908.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 00:47 EDT-0400)

Changed to cheaper RAM, 6300 instead of 6350 since you'll be overclocking anyways, Respire T40 since it's a good deal at the moment and is better than the 212, Hive 650 is a good PSU and cheap at the moment, Source 210 elite is a good budget case and IMO looks much better than the Storm Enforcer.

You might want to changed to a cheap locked ivy based i5 and B75/H77 mobo since it will perform better.


EDIT: alternate Intel build if you do go that route.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.79 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $896.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 00:51 EDT-0400)
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