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Hey guys,

I got an FX-8320 for my bday last week (jeeeeeeeeej). Now my current superbudget motherboard (ASrock 960gm/u3s3 fx) kind of supports this chip but not very well at all. Lots of throttling and other weirdness.

So naturally I want to buy myself a new motherboard tongue.gif it would be a crime to run such a nice chip in a crappy mobo without any overclocking possible.
However there is a problem. My budget. A Belgian University student has a hard time scraping up decent cash.

I've already scoured the internet and selected several boards that I would be able to acquire next month.
But I need the help of you guys to choose which particular one I'm gonna buy and why that one is the better choice for overclocking the FX-8320.

Here are the candidates (prices are of my local PC shop):

-Asrock 970 Extreme 3 R2.0 - 69,90€

-Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P - 74,90€

-Asus M5A97 R2.0 - 79,90€

-Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P - 84,90€

-Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 - 89,90€

Pretty tough battle right? They are all pretty close in Price-range, so the questions here are: Which is the best brand? Which will offer the best and stable OC? Why are some more expensive than others, and is the pricedifference worth it?

Happy debating smile.gif I'll be reading attentively
post #2 of 22
oUT OF THOSE i WOULD PICK THE Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 FOR THE POWER SECTION. tHE 8 CORE fx NEEDS A GOOD POWER SECTION.
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the gigabyte 970a-ud3p. it has 8+2 power phasing. its basically the 990fxa-ud3 but not as good for multiple video cards.
 
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Originally Posted by Dt_Freak1 View Post

the gigabyte 970a-ud3p. it has 8+2 power phasing. its basically the 990fxa-ud3 but not as good for multiple video cards.

Yeah that's what most people have been saying as well. And I can barely afford 1 decent GPU tongue.gif so multiple video cards isn't really an issue tongue.gif
post #5 of 22
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P or Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0. Both of them are pretty solid for the money.
BTW, power phase design is not the only thing to consider when buying MB for oc. Some VRM's are more quality and can "tolerate" more heat than the others. Also northbridge cooling is very important because often it is the issue of unstable oc on AM3+ platforms.
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The Gigabyte would be my choice. Have been running them for the past 5 years and currently have the 990FXA-UD3 and ive been loving this board. thumb.gif
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YMMV. My 990FXA UD3 didn't last 6 months and it was fried under an 8350 @ 4.5ghz. Get the ASUS.
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grab the gigabyte honestly unless you can spend a hair more on a 990 asus board, my sabertooth has served me very very well and I haven't been easy on it at all. only downside is asus supposedly has a horrible warranty team

8 phase vrm recommended for the 8 cores esp with overclocking, the 6s will do ok for light overclocks and stay away from the 4s,
 
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post #9 of 22
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Hehe looks like this is turning into an Asus vs Gigabyte thread tongue.gif
But seriously, thx for the replies smile.gif I've narrowed it down to 2 boards so far, the gigabyte UD3 and the asus Evo
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Based on personal experience, I'd vote for the UD3. Been running the rev. 1.2 spec of the original 970A-UD3 for more than a year now with an overclocked 8350.
     
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