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I'm doing a build, im planning on getting the FX-6300, but may upgrade to FX-8350 later so i was wondering which mobo would be better.
-ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262
-GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128627
,Mason
post #2 of 4
While lack the knowledge to answer your question directly, I can refer you to some light excellent reading here on overclock.net. Check this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1144067/amd-990x-970-am3-motherboard-buyers-guide-help-thread

I am glad I saw and read your thread because, I've been evaluating the 990FXA chipset boards. These are much more costly than the 970 chipset boards so, your post will cause me to do some serious thinking.

You will want to pay attention to the links in the blue font he has placed at the bottom of his post. That is, this information:
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Reading this material will take time but, it will also help you understand the comments and criticisms he makes in the thread.

The red flag for the Gigabyte board you are interested in is the revision level of the board. It does not appear to as current ans three other 970 chipset boards. (the -D3, -DS3, -UD3). These boards have been upgraded to Rev. 3.0.
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While lack the knowledge to answer your question directly, I can refer you to some light excellent reading here on overclock.net. Check this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1144067/amd-990x-970-am3-motherboard-buyers-guide-help-thread

I am glad I saw and read your thread because, I've been evaluating the 990FXA chipset boards. These are much more costly than the 970 chipset boards so, your post will cause me to do some serious thinking.

Keep in mind the approx prices for the 990 chipset in that link are very dated. For example, I bought my M5A99X EVO R2.0 for $114 after rebate, not the $165 price listed. The rebate did take 10 weeks though.
Edit: thru 4/14/14, newegg has it for $104 after rebate.

Heres another link to the vrms each motherboard has:
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database/0_20
Edited by cpmee - 4/13/14 at 7:47pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300 @ 4.9ghz M5A99X EVO R2.0 PNY 2gb NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 PNY DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 2X4gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 330 SSD Samsung HD103SI Samsung HD204UI X 2 esata externals  Western Digital WD5000AAKX  
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7280S Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus Windows 8.1.1 pro with media center Funai 32inch LED HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Corsair CX600 Custom twin full tower, 12 - 5 1/4 bays total Logitech M510 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Combo Mouse Pad, Calculator, USB ports USB stereo speakers Custom 5.1 digital sound system 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300 @ 4.9ghz M5A99X EVO R2.0 PNY 2gb NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 PNY DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 2X4gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 330 SSD Samsung HD103SI Samsung HD204UI X 2 esata externals  Western Digital WD5000AAKX  
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7280S Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus Windows 8.1.1 pro with media center Funai 32inch LED HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Corsair CX600 Custom twin full tower, 12 - 5 1/4 bays total Logitech M510 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Combo Mouse Pad, Calculator, USB ports USB stereo speakers Custom 5.1 digital sound system 
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get at least an 990x mobo 8+2 phase with good vrm cooling, nothing less
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8320 990FXA UD7 GTX 970 3way sli Corsair Dominator platmum 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
6 x 64 gb Kingston SSD's RAID 0 1tb wd 7200rpm hdd Asus Blu/DVD EK-Supremacy  
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EK-FB GA 990FXA-UD7  EK Coolstream XTX 240 EK Coolstream XT 120 XSPC dualbay with D5 pump 
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fx8120  990fxagb80 3 GTX470's OCed 16 gb Patriot Viper Extreme DDr3 1866mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
6X 64gb Kingston SATA3 SSD's Blu/DVD Corsair H100 push/pull Win 7 64 Prem. (full retail) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3 Samsung SyncMaster 27inch Razer BlackWidow Ult. 1250w Enermax EVO SS Raven REV01 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Naga Razer Vespula SB Xf-i Titanium HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 3820 MSI BIG BANG Xpower2 2 gtx 570 sli 16gb Patriot Viper Division4 2133 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
3 kingston 30 gb ssd's raid 0 Asus DVD Corsair H100 Windows 7 prem 
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Piledriver
(20 items)
 
SS Raven REV:H9
(15 items)
 
my 2011
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX8320 990FXA UD7 GTX 970 3way sli Corsair Dominator platmum 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
6 x 64 gb Kingston SSD's RAID 0 1tb wd 7200rpm hdd Asus Blu/DVD EK-Supremacy  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FB GA 990FXA-UD7  EK Coolstream XTX 240 EK Coolstream XT 120 XSPC dualbay with D5 pump 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 3 x 27 inch Samsung LCD's  Razer Black Widdow ULT. Enermax EVO Galaxy 1250w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec P280 Razer Naga Razer Vespula Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
fx8120  990fxagb80 3 GTX470's OCed 16 gb Patriot Viper Extreme DDr3 1866mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
6X 64gb Kingston SATA3 SSD's Blu/DVD Corsair H100 push/pull Win 7 64 Prem. (full retail) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3 Samsung SyncMaster 27inch Razer BlackWidow Ult. 1250w Enermax EVO SS Raven REV01 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Naga Razer Vespula SB Xf-i Titanium HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 3820 MSI BIG BANG Xpower2 2 gtx 570 sli 16gb Patriot Viper Division4 2133 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
3 kingston 30 gb ssd's raid 0 Asus DVD Corsair H100 Windows 7 prem 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
25 inch Samsung LCD Enermax keyboard Enermax evo 1050w Haf X 
MouseAudio
Enermax onboard 
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