Best Am3+ motherboard for overclocking 8320

I'm going to be getting an FX 8320 cpu and I need to select a motherboard for it. My budget would be probably $130-140 max but I'd prefer to have it be under $100 if I can remove features like SLI capabilities and color scheme (I could care less about colors). The only real feature I want in it is to be able to overclock as much as I can, and to be reliable. If I can spend an extra $10 or something to get better built in audio then I'll do that also, I'd prefer not to get a soundcard.

I'll be using a single gtx 660 ti and the fx 8320 with it.

Oh, and I'm buying from newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect, ncix, anywhere that has the best deals/prices.


I was looking at this
M5A99FX PRO R2.0 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851&Tpk=M5A99FX%20PRO%20R2.0&IsVirtualParent=1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128521

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

But I don't really understand what the differences are? I'd rather just get recommendations.
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  1. I would go with Gigabyte because the Gray/Gray goes with everything and Gigabyte loves their AMD users. Gigabyte also has a wonderfull track record with AMD overclocking.

    Hope my opinion helps.
  2. Any 990fx board will do fine so forget the 970A D3 and pick the M5A99fx or the 990FXA-UD3

    I would personnaly pick the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, it have RAID support and more connectivity (2 e-sata and firewire while the ASUS only have 1 e-sata and no firewire) it's also more reliable based on my experience (3 ASUS board failed on me while my 2 Gigabyte stills run fine for about 5 years on both)
  3. What does the 990 have over the 970?
    I was thinking either this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519&Tpk=GA970A-UD3&IsVirtualParent=1
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873

    What would the 990 version of these do? Again I'm doing single gpu and I really don't give a damn about colors
  4. the 990fx is a good board while the 970 chipset have trouble with overclocking, lacks features (less SATA, USB, RAID and no extra features) it is the low end stock so i don't expect much from these board while 990fx chipset is made for overclocking and is the high-end, have all the feature and for only 20$-30$ more, the overclock potential of this is the big argument over the 970...
  5. Ok I guess I'll have to go with the 990 then. It will let me use SLI as well, so thats an added bonus. So then which 990 would you reccommend? The M5A99FX or the Ud3?
  6. like i said soon before: I would personnaly pick the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, it have RAID support and more connectivity (2 e-sata and firewire while the ASUS only have 1 e-sata and no firewire) it's also more reliable based on my experience (3 ASUS board failed on me while my 2 Gigabyte stills run fine for about 5 years on both) Other than that, both boards are about the same
  7. if you plan on overclocking avoid the gigabyte fxa990-ud3 boards....they over heat and are having bios issues...the ud3 is on its 4th revision.
    the vrms are having over heating issues. do some research at overclock.net

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1023100/official-gigabyte-ga-990fxa-series-owners-thread-club/6560_20#post_20596695
  8. I own the Sabertooth and Asrock 990FX , with a FX8350 , and both overclock very well.
  9. go witht he asus 990fx motherboards
  10. or the asroxk extreme 9 990fx that is what i am using
  11. FX8350 \ 5.1GHZ. \ 1.384 VOLTS http://valid.canardpc.com/cache/banner/2766915.png



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