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Gosh, I hate to ask such a Newbie Question. redface.gif

For many years now I have purchased ASUS AMD motherboards. My two Crosshair boards, which I have been using for quite awhile, are bulletproof.

I recently purchased an ASUS M5A97 EVO Motherboard, which worked fine during the initial setup in another case. After moving the board to a much larger HAF case, all of my DDR-3 RAM (2 sets of 16 GB Corsair) which worked before no longer works. Without sounding like a "smarty pants", I tried all the obvious stuff with MemTest, change of PSU cables, testing each stick of RAM at a time - everything.

Now I don't buy junk, and I don't overclock or game. I use my boards for business and they can't go down. Always use vinyl gloves and static straps during installs. Mama didn't raise no fool.

I am hoping you can tell me which board will suffice as a replacement for this one that I must RMA.

Caveats:

1) No discussion of NAS
2) No discussion of RAID
3) No suggestions that Gigabyte might be the best choice. I have had nothing but bad experiences with that immoral company. (Check out the UD-3 and UD-5 threads on OCN.)

As my Daddy used to say, "if you're gonna tell me a lie, at least tell me a good one". GB doesn't even lie well. So no reconsideration of GB please.

What I need is:

1) Lots of on-board 6 Gbs. SATA ports
2) Front panel USB connector
3) Just running an AMD Quad Core on this one (With Noctua NH-D14)
4) Corsair RAM XMS-3 and Corsair Vengeance - each 16 GB (4 X 4 and 2 X 8)


Still looking at ASUS:

1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851

2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131969

Now my old buddy TwoCables has ripped me badly in the past for overspending. If you feel that I can get by with a much cheaper motherboard, even one that is not an ASUS, please have at me. My ego is plenty durable, and I am not afraid of being proven wrong. I just need reliability without overclocking and gaming.

Thanks guys! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by incurablegeek View Post

Gosh, I hate to ask such a Newbie Question. redface.gif

For many years now I have purchased ASUS AMD motherboards. My two Crosshair boards, which I have been using for quite awhile, are bulletproof.

I recently purchased an ASUS M5A97 EVO Motherboard, which worked fine during the initial setup in another case. After moving the board to a much larger HAF case, all of my DDR-3 RAM (2 sets of 16 GB Corsair) which worked before no longer works. Without sounding like a "smarty pants", I tried all the obvious stuff with MemTest, change of PSU cables, testing each stick of RAM at a time - everything.

Now I don't buy junk, and I don't overclock or game. I use my boards for business and they can't go down. Always use vinyl gloves and static straps during installs. Mama didn't raise no fool.

I am hoping you can tell me which board will suffice as a replacement for this one that I must RMA.

Caveats:

1) No discussion of NAS
2) No discussion of RAID
3) No suggestions that Gigabyte might be the best choice. I have had nothing but bad experiences with that immoral company. (Check out the UD-3 and UD-5 threads on OCN.)

As my Daddy used to say, "if you're gonna tell me a lie, at least tell me a good one". GB doesn't even lie well. So no reconsideration of GB please.

What I need is:

1) Lots of on-board 6 Gbs. SATA ports
2) Front panel USB connector
3) Just running an AMD Quad Core on this one (With Noctua NH-D14)
4) Corsair RAM XMS-3 and Corsair Vengeance - each 16 GB (4 X 4 and 2 X 8)


Still looking at ASUS:

1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851

2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131969

Now my old buddy TwoCables has ripped me badly in the past for overspending. If you feel that I can get by with a much cheaper motherboard, even one that is not an ASUS, please have at me. My ego is plenty durable, and I am not afraid of being proven wrong. I just need reliability without overclocking and gaming.


Thanks guys! thumb.gif


Hello old friend,

One of my work mates has just got one of the M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Mobo.
I worked a trade him for one of my old FX8150's I had.
I also gave him 16Gb of Gskill 1866 (4x4).
He seem thrilled with mobo.
That one should do you well with the quad core and 16Gb of ram.

Wish you the best.
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Cannot go wrong with CHV.
For a cheaper solution:TA990FXE.
M4a89GTD-pro http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-M4A89GTD-PRO-USB3-SOCKET-AM3-890GX-DDR3-USB-3-0-DVI-VGA-HDMI-MOTHERBOARD-/330900616136?pt=Motherboards&hash=item4d0b36b3c8
CH4

That'd be my top4 picks :0)
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Gee Whiz, HeadMixer, seeing you again brings back lots of good memories. To be honest with you, I've "grown" a bit since the Crosshair IV and V days - Actually hard not to have grown cause I sure was a country bumpkin then. redface.gif

And Schmuckley you really are right about the CHV boards. They're pricy as can be, and perhaps over-kill for little ole me, but I have never had a single headache from either of my CHIV or CHV.

1) M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is a nice board; looks to be the safest way to go. I can handle $150.00 - though not a whole lot more.

-but-

2) ASUS M4A89GTD on e-bay is a ridiculous price - $89.00 versus http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-M4A89GTD-PRO-USB3-SOCKET-AM3-890GX-DDR3-USB-3-0-DVI-VGA-HDMI-MOTHERBOARD-/330900616136?pt=Motherboards&hash=item4d0b36b3c8

Only complaint I see on this ASUS board is what I am experiencing with mine, i.e. a bit touchy on the RAM (said not to like dual channel also)

What I am desperately seeking is reliability. By time you install the board, seat the CPU and the Noctua NH-D14, you have chewed up gobs of time. Not to mention all the hours you spend diagnosing and trying to fix a crappy motherboard. I went through all that - twice - with Gigabyte, only to have the RMA people blame everything on me and send me back the identical board with circuits that their "techs" had intentionally burned out. I don't need any more of that in my life. rolleyes.gif

Oh, HeadMixer, just let us know if Mexico tries anything funny again.
We Tennesseans will be right there beside you, helping out as best we can. thumb.gif

.........................

HeadMixer, I see you're active in the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX thread. I was looking at that one, but it may exceed my needs since I'm not a gamer. http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SABERTOOTH-990FX-R2-0-Motherboard/dp/B008YDJHWM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373426736&sr=1-1&keywords=ASUS+Sabertooth+990FX
Edited by incurablegeek - 7/9/13 at 8:26pm
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Yep,

The Sabertooth is a bit overkill for what you need, and has tech that you will not use. (Waste of money)

The M5A99FX PRO, for the most part, is a base model ver. of the Crosshair V. (no glitz)

Yet, It still has most of the best features.
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The M5A99FX PRO, for the most part, is a base model ver. of the Crosshair V. (no glitz)

HeadMixer, how many times have you saved me?

I downloaded the manual for the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0, and it has everything I need at a somewhat reasonable price. If my followup question to ebay is not answered to my satisfaction, I will indeed go with this board. Thanks - as always. smile.gif

I did check out all the suggestions:

1) Schmuckley's recommendation of the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO on ebay looked a bit too good to be true at $89.00 versus $199.00 retail. My only concern was that although the ebay board was "new", but ...., so I posted the following on ebay.
Quote:
Although I'm definitely not questioning your ethics as a company since you have gone the extra mile to be clear about everything, I must admit being a bit concerned about a board's being retail priced at $199.00 but sold "new" at $89.00. Please note that I have purchased returns and refurbished items on ebay without a single problem.

I'm not really worried about the board's being guaranteed. I'm more concerned about the headaches involved in mounting the board, cpu and Noctua heatsink before I discover something wrong with the item.

I would therefore appreciate some clarification of the following:

"The item may be a factory second or a new, unused item with defects. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections."

2) And All3n I must agree with you. I have an ASRock 970DE3 board and it give me no problems. One fellow on another forum recommended the ASRock 990FX Extreme3 at $104.99. I could have been quite satisfied with this board were it not for the absence of the front panel USB connector.

3) And, yes, the Sabertooth is too expensive and, I believe, a bit more aimed at gamers for my needs. Please understand that I don't look down upon gamers. I just was afraid to get into gaming because I know what happened to me with Galaga and Galaxian. (kindly hold your chuckles to a discreet minimum please).

Anyway, I'll let you folks know what transpires. Thank you so very much for taking time to lend your expertise to my problem. biggrin.gif
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I downloaded the manual for the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0, and it has everything I need at a somewhat reasonable price. If my followup question to ebay is not answered to my satisfaction, I will indeed go with this board. Thanks - as always. smile.gif

The m5a97 evo and the m5a99x evo/pro all use the same vrm design as the sabertooth and crosshair except in a 6+2 configuration.

Can i suggest looking at the m5a99x evo? This is the same as the pro but has 8x/8x crossfire instead of 16x/16x. You might aswell save some money if you dont need crossfire, unless you have a good deal on the pro version.

as to wheather or not buy the asus board on ebay, you might aswell pay slightly more for the m5a99x and get a more up to date motherboard.
Edited by South80 - 7/10/13 at 1:54pm
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South80,
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as to wheather or not buy the asus board on ebay, you might aswell pay slightly more for the m5a99x and get a more up to date motherboard.

My conclusion exactly. So that is what I have done - just now ordered the ASUS M5A99 FX Pro R2. I perhaps over-purchased but then none of my computers have given me problems until now, because I tend to buy only the best components. My credo is "Buy Junk, Save Money, Waste Time".

Two things:

1) A "new" motherboard being offered over $100.00 below cost on ebay scared me.

2) Somewhere on one of the other forums a fellow made a comment that stuck with me: "Don't buy a motherboard that is brand new and doesn't have a number of BIOS upgrades. Try to buy a Revision of a motherboard if possible."

Btw, I see you're new to OCN. Hope you stick around. OCN in my opinion is the most "evolved" forum on the net. smile.gif
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South80,
My conclusion exactly. So that is what I have done - just now ordered the ASUS M5A99 FX Pro R2. I perhaps over-purchased but then none of my computers have given me problems until now, because I tend to buy only the best components. My credo is "Buy Junk, Save Money, Waste Time".

Two things:

1) A "new" motherboard being offered over $100.00 below cost on ebay scared me.

2) Somewhere on one of the other forums a fellow made a comment that stuck with me: "Don't buy a motherboard that is brand new and doesn't have a number of BIOS upgrades. Try to buy a Revision of a motherboard if possible."

Good choice. I have the m5a99x evo version and its brilliant. I have my fx 6300 clocked @ 4.6ghz and has never caused any trouble not even one bsod.

About the motherboard on ebay, i am always a bit suspicious when items are selling for prices to good to be true. Unfortunately, alot of these items are either working rma'd items that are listed as new or items being sold in a country different from where the items were first sold to. I beleive This invalidates the warranty
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South80,
of a motherboard if possible."

Btw, I see you're new to OCN. Hope you stick around. OCN in my opinion is the most "evolved" forum on the net. smile.gif

Yes, its a great place to increase your knowledge and help others out at the same time so I dont plan on going anywhere thumb.gif
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