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Due to a surprise tax rebate, i can finally afford to replace my dying motherboard. So i'm after suggestions as to which one.

Current hardware:

Asus crosshair IV formula motherboard
AMD FX 8120 CPU @ 4.35Ghz
Corsair h70 cooler*
16GB 1600mhz DDR3 (4x4GB)
ATI 6950 GPU (though i'm also planning to upgrade this)

The motherboard has been dying a slow and painful death over the past two years, current list of faults:
-3/4 of the USB ports non-functional
-sound card dead
-RAID controller dead
-two SATA ports dead
-the PCIe slot the GPU is in is fine, but the mobo only detects the PCIe sound card i got to replace the faulty onboard one about a third of the times i boot the PC.

I'm planning to spend about £50-60ish (£75 max if it'll maintain my OC. still cheaper than a mobo/cpu replacement smile.gif ) and i'd like to maintain the current overclock if possible, but apart from the requirement that the replacement is not an Asus one**, what would you suggest?

I saw the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 mentioned in another thread here and it seems to tick all boxes, would it be okay with the CPU overclock?

*I had it to 4.6-4.7 ghz brand new, but 4.3-4.4ghz was doable on stock voltages so i stuck with that for room-heating reasons smile.gif
**though if it's a PSU problem i'll forgive them i think.
Edited by failquail - 10/30/15 at 4:37pm
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What PSU are you using and how old is it?
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Phew, that took some digging through old orders on scan to find smile.gif

It's one of these http://www.coolermaster.com/service/support/model/RS-520-ASAA-A1/

But it dates to 16/09/2009, so i think it may be worth getting a new one to go with a new mobo, didn't realise it was quite that old.
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Just wondering if a faulty PSU could be the reason your old motherboard is dying a slow death. I'm not certain about that particular PSU. Perhaps @shilka will come take a look.

Unless you know of what caused your Crosshair to start taking a nose dive, I would at the very least hook up a PSU tester to it to make sure it's still sending out the proper voltages etc before dropping another motherboard in it's path..
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Phew, that took some digging through old orders on scan to find smile.gif

It's one of these http://www.coolermaster.com/service/support/model/RS-520-ASAA-A1/

But it dates to 16/09/2009, so i think it may be worth getting a new one to go with a new mobo, didn't realise it was quite that old.
Just get a new PSU first.
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Originally Posted by failquail View Post

I saw the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 mentioned in another thread here and it seems to tick all boxes, would it be okay with the CPU overclock?
Avoid AsRock.

If you want a cheap but decent motherboard get the Gigabyte UD3P. However, its VRAM cooling is not great so don't expect overclocking miracles.
Edited by superstition222 - 10/31/15 at 2:00pm
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I saw the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 mentioned in another thread here and it seems to tick all boxes, would it be okay with the CPU overclock?

Forget about the Asrocks 970 extreme3. I have both R1 and R2 and these are fine boards to run at stock (albeit hotter than normal), but they are not boards to stress with overclocks.

When the manufacturer has in the official page:

"For cooling the CPU and its surrounding components, please install a CPU cooler with a top-down blowing design."
http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme3%20R2.0/?cat=CPU

It's as polite of a warning as you can get from someone who is trying to sell you, that "if you push it, you are pushing your luck".

It's a 4+1 motherboard, that like all Asrock 970s, skyrockets in CPU socket temperatures once you go beyond 4Ghz. For someone who claims that did 4.7Ghz on that on 8 core and 4.4 on stock voltage with Bulldozer, i have only 1 thing to say: " Post IBT AVX Very High screenshot, together with screenshot of a hardware monitor program." Otherwise, the internet is full of wild overclocking claims, based on unstable overlocks.

It's not that it can't overclock, it can, but it gets extremely hot. This is how you end up first in AM3+ here ("Oh gosh, i got an extreme motherboard for so cheap, i am going to overclock the hell out of it!").

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/2014-motherboard-rma-rate-new-update-from-hardware-fr.207128/
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I have 3 ASRock 970 Extreme3 and FX-6100/8150. I did some test run with these combo.
The 6100 was a bad ocer chip.
This is what I get.
6100 at 4.4ghz and 8150 at 4.1ghz.
ASRock 970 Extreme3 is ok for ocing FX-4***/6*** chips and bad for any FX-8***.
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I have 3 ASRock 970 Extreme3 and FX-6100/8150. I did some test run with these combo.
The 6100 was a bad ocer chip.
This is what I get.
6100 at 4.4ghz and 8150 at 4.1ghz.
ASRock 970 Extreme3 is ok for ocing FX-4***/6*** chips and bad for any FX-8***.

Yep, i agree... I always stay 4Ghz undervolted. I 've done 4.3 on the FX6300, but my 6300 is a power pig. Still, the motherboard overheats in the socket quickly, once you pass 1.34v. I haven't really tried to overclock the 8320 on it. But at 4Ghz undervolted, it was comfortable enough.

I 've actually 4 R1.0 and 1 R2.0 in total. Had i known back then what i know now, i would have bought Biostar TA970 Plus instead (which i haven't really ran, but it's 6+1 so how bad can it be) and Giga UD3P. But at the time, i was happy with the Asrocks and the FX6300, the UD3P wasn't in commerce yet and neither the Biostar, so...

The Asrock extreme3 is "undervolter's motherboard", not overclocker's. biggrin.gif
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