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Hi all! Just hoping I could get some opinions on what motherboard I should get to replace my MSI 970a-G46.

My motherboard seemed to not handle my processor + gpu. Im sending in for RMA but I have a feeling they are going to send me back one that just isnt going to be good enough even if it does work this time, so i am thinking of selling the RMA when its returned. It had multiple issues so I dont want to risk the next one crapping out.

So anyways I was wondering what everyone would suggest. As you can see the price tag on the one I had before was pretty cheap. I am hoping to stay fairly cheap and only need a solid atx mobo with 1 gpu slot really. I dont plan to upgrade to SLI dont think I will need to. Would actually prefer more pci slots then the msi one has if possible. Anyways I dont know which brands are best or which models are best. I dont need anything special just want it to have the ability to overclock but probably wont ever see more then 4.5ghz so it doesnt need to be special. Just needs to function well with the fx-8350 and the GTX560ti.

Full computer specs below in signature under "my dream"
prefer full atx max height 12 inch ( i think, the msi one was exactly the tallest possible)
prefer front panel connectors for usb 3.0 as well as hd-audio
needs a good warranty and most importantly id prefer it be a somewhat older model thats tried and tested to be a good long lasting COMPATABLE AMD motherboard

Really am looking cheap as possible and want the heatsink to fit nicely would be a perk tongue.gif. (cooler master hyper212 evo)

Any suggestions? I appreciate your time smile.gif

Edit: Post thought/question See a decent deal on a 990FXA-UD5 which I hear is a decent board. Would this be a good choice? Also how does gigabyte work with warranty? is it from manufacturer date or do you have to buy from a specific dealer with receipt to be covered?
Edited by dmfree88 - 6/20/13 at 12:47am
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I'd say ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0. Rock solid, maybe a little expensive, but it's great.
Otherwise, get a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3, if this fits your colour scheme better.

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Gigabyte UD5, not UD3. The VRM heat sinks on the UD3 are too small for the load the FX8350 puts on them. The UD3 needs aftermarket coolers and fans and even then it is marginal.
Mine is limited to 4.5ghz because that is all this board can handle. RMA direct to Gigabyte works for some and not for others. They seem to pick and choose who they will support.
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the asus one looks sweet, still double the cost of the msi but i have a feeling the only thing to handle the 8350 isnt going to be on the cheap side. The gigabyte seems even better but is even more of a cost. I wish more of these things came in red but only the expensive ones do tongue.gif.

How about rma policy. If I buy a used one thats still under warranty am i good? or is it from purchase date with receipt? I would probably be able to find a used one for cheaper so maybe I can afford it sooner but dont want one that wouldnt be under warranty. Do I have to buy new from specific dealers for either asus or gigabyte? I tried checkin the gigabyte website it seemed like it said 3 year warranty and had nowhere to register so i assume thats from mfr date but the rma link didnt even work (not a good sign). anyone familiar with asus or gigabytes return policies?
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