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Hi everybody,

I'm looking for a new motherboard for a FX6300 and would like to recieve some advice from you.
My goal is to get the cpu to 4,5 to 4.7Ghz stable 24/7.
My budget is not unlimited and in the Netherlands the parts are way more expensive than for example in the U.S.

The budget for the new motherboard is around €120 as I also want to spend some money on liquid cooling.

With my budget I can choose from the following options:
Asrock Fatality 990FX killer
Asus M5A99FX Pro 2.0
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5

Which motherboard would you advise?

Many thanks in advance for your support
post #2 of 22
Even a relatively average example of an FX-6300 (terrible bin) should get to 4.5ghz on ~160W or less pretty easily.

That's doable on the M5A97 R2.0 and GA-970A-UD3P. (less expensive boards).

Go for the 990FX boards if you want more features, better onboard sound, SLI support, or some particular capability. The killer and the UD5 have nicer on-board sound than the Asus Pro. (useful if you have a nice set of headphones, otherwise probably won't make much differences).
     
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Originally Posted by mdocod View Post

Even a relatively average example of an FX-6300 (terrible bin) should get to 4.5ghz on ~160W or less pretty easily.

That's doable on the M5A97 R2.0 and GA-970A-UD3P. (less expensive boards).




Thanks for your explanation. The only reason why I was looking for a 990FX is because I thought they would be much more stable while overclocking. But if it's also possible with a M5A97 Evo R2.0 it would be really nice as it is €40 = 55 USD cheaper.

And would you prefer a AIO liquid cooling kit or a high end air cooler?

Edited by Magic Sjefke - 4/17/14 at 11:30pm
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The only reason why I was looking for a 990FX is because I thought they would be much more stable while overclocking. But if it's also possible with a M5A97 Evo R2.0 it would be really nice as it is €40 = 55 USD cheaper.

And would you prefer a AIO liquid cooling kit or a high end air cooler?

A high end air cooler will last much longer than the AIO pumps and has no danger from leaks.
Check out the new Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power here for $55 or less:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1477785/thermalright-true-spirit-140-power/0_20

Check the prices on the M5A99X EVO R2.0. After rebate it now has, its only like $5 - $10 more than the M5A97 Evo R2.0. If you are going to get M5A97 make sure its the M5A97 EVO R2.0 and not the plain M5A97 R2.0, or worse yet the M5A97 LE R2.0.
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The killer and the UD5 have nicer on-board sound than the Asus Pro.
Also, the Killer is geared towards gamers and not overclockers, for example it has no LLC adjustment.
Edited by cpmee - 4/18/14 at 3:57am
    
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post #5 of 22
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The new Thermalright would be very thight in my 300R case, maximum cooler height is 170mm so I won't be able to install fans on the side panel. But ofcourse there enough alternatives for high end air cooling which would fit in a 300R.

On the other site for the price of example the Noctua NH-D14 I can also buy a Corsair Hydro H80i which gives better cooling performance while overclocking. I'm from the Netherlands so you can't compare the pricelevels with the US.

I wll have a quick check on the prices for the M5A99X Evo R2.0
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Originally Posted by Magic Sjefke View Post


Thanks for your explanation. The only reason why I was looking for a 990FX is because I thought they would be much more stable while overclocking. But if it's also possible with a M5A97 Evo R2.0 it would be really nice as it is €40 = 55 USD cheaper.

And would you prefer a AIO liquid cooling kit or a high end air cooler?

Not necessarily. I happen to be using one because I wanted to give a cheap CLC AOI a whirl and see how it was. The cooling power of the 120V is good for the money, and I like that there's no enormous heat-sink hanging off my CPU socket. Other than those 2 benefits, Now that I have experienced the 120V I'd probably rather have a LARGE double tower heat-sink instead. The pump noise is bordering on obnoxious and the long term risk of impending leaks bother me.

The Zalman CNPS14X and 9900 MAX are both strong performers in the budget class and are both "shorter" than many other 140mm tower coolers. The 9900 MAX is only 152mm tall, while the CNPS14X is ~160mm.
     
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if you can manage a to get another 30 dollars you can get the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SABERTOOTH-990FX-R2-0-Motherboard/dp/B008YDJHWM
Edited by philhalo66 - 4/18/14 at 7:01am
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post #8 of 22
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if you can manage a to get another 30 dollars you can get the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SABERTOOTH-990FX-R2-0-Motherboard/dp/B008YDJHWM


The proiblem is that I'm from the Netherlands so shipping is too expensive. In the Netherlands the price difference between M5A97 Evo R2.0 and the Sabertooth 990FX is nearly 100 USD
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Not necessarily. I happen to be using one because I wanted to give a cheap CLC AOI a whirl and see how it was. The cooling power of the 120V is good for the money, and I like that there's no enormous heat-sink hanging off my CPU socket. Other than those 2 benefits, Now that I have experienced the 120V I'd probably rather have a LARGE double tower heat-sink instead. The pump noise is bordering on obnoxious and the long term risk of impending leaks bother me.

The Zalman CNPS14X and 9900 MAX are both strong performers in the budget class and are both "shorter" than many other 140mm tower coolers. The 9900 MAX is only 152mm tall, while the CNPS14X is ~160mm.

I searched the Tweakers database, it's a Dutch website with all details about computer parts. The two Zalman options you mentioned will fit but I will have no option for an intake fan on the side panel.
I thought it would help to cool the vrm's on the motherboard. But maybe a double 140 mm setup als intake in top of the case can solve that.
post #10 of 22
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The new Thermalright would be very thight in my 300R case, maximum cooler height is 170mm so I won't be able to install fans on the side panel.

I think I would skip the fans on the side panel and just use them as vents anyway. Theyre going to mess up your front to back airflow IMO. I think I would also cut out the three bars that are restricting your front intake fan. And the stock amd fan from the 6300, speed controlled by the mobo makes a great vrm cooler mounted a inch or so above the vrms and angled towards the socket. smile.gif If your mobo temps are still higher than about 5C above room temps, then I would add top exhausts fans.
Edited by cpmee - 4/18/14 at 8:09am
    
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