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Asus m5a99fx pro R2.0 vs Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2.0

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May 21, 2013 1:52:07 PM

I'm building my first computer within the next 2 weeks or so and I was just wondering if anyone has experience with any of these two boards. I will be using my computer mostly for gaming and some other stuff here and there. Which board is better for a stable overclock and is the Sabertooth worth the extra 40$?

System specs
CPU:fx-8350
CPU cooler: corsair h80i
Case: NZXT phantom 820
Motherboard:undecided
Memory:8gb of corsair vengeance
Storage:120gb Kingston hyperx 3k SSD and 500gb WD 7200 rpm caviar black
Video card:EVGA geforce gtx 660
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May 21, 2013 2:22:21 PM

just get the m5a999fx evo r2.0 there isnt too much benefit from upgrading to the pro model especially the sabertooth model.

and as for the CPU cooler, get yourself a phanteks tc12dx instead of a cheapo liquid cooler. they perform the same, but the heatsink is much cheaper

the plextor m5s 128gb SSD is cheaper and performs better at 86.99 after a MIR at microcenter

at that price, just get yourself a 1tb caviar blue. they are the same drives just less warranty that you probaly dont need

the 7870xt is a much better value
May 21, 2013 2:24:25 PM

TheBigTroll said:
just get the m5a999fx evo r2.0 there isnt too much benefit from upgrading to the pro model especially the sabertooth model.

and as for the CPU cooler, get yourself a phanteks tc12dx instead of a cheapo liquid cooler. they perform the same, but the heatsink is much cheaper

the plextor m5s 128gb SSD is cheaper and performs better at 86.99 after a MIR at microcenter

at that price, just get yourself a 1tb caviar blue. they are the same drives just less warranty that you probaly dont need

the 7870xt is a much better value

Ok thanks for the advice. I am planning on trying to do some decent overclocking. Between the pro and the evo which would allow me to overclock more?
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May 21, 2013 2:28:40 PM

there isnt going to be a major difference between most boards until you start going custom with watercooling. at the most,they are 100mhz apart from each other. you should be fine with the evo. if you want more ports, the pro model is there but i generally dont recommend it since mostpeople cant use all the ports
May 21, 2013 2:39:46 PM

Aziebol said:
I'm building my first computer within the next 2 weeks or so and I was just wondering if anyone has experience with any of these two boards. I will be using my computer mostly for gaming and some other stuff here and there. Which board is better for a stable overclock and is the Sabertooth worth the extra 40$?

System specs
CPU:fx-8350
CPU cooler: corsair h80i
Case: NZXT phantom 820
Motherboard:undecided
Memory:8gb of corsair vengeance
Storage:120gb Kingston hyperx 3k SSD and 500gb WD 7200 rpm caviar black
Video card:EVGA geforce gtx 660


TheBigTroll said:
there isnt going to be a major difference between most boards until you start going custom with watercooling. at the most,they are 100mhz apart from each other. you should be fine with the evo. if you want more ports, the pro model is there but i generally dont recommend it since mostpeople cant use all the ports


Ok I think I might go with the pro because I can get a really good deal on it right now on newegg. Also I forgot to add my case in the system specs but its there now, I went for the nzxt phantom 820
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May 21, 2013 2:45:58 PM

dont bother with it. something like a 410 would be more than fine. a large case does you nothing; and given how much you are blowing at your rig as of now, its way smarter to get a intel based build.
May 21, 2013 2:57:30 PM

TheBigTroll said:
dont bother with it. something like a 410 would be more than fine. a large case does you nothing; and given how much you are blowing at your rig as of now, its way smarter to get a intel based build.


Yeah I know but I'm a fan of Amd so I'm just gonna stick with them. Couple of last questions what would be the best motherboard under 160 in your opinion? Also what would be the best SSD for around 120-130 in your opinion? I plan to have my OS on the SSD and store things like games and video on the mechanical HDD.
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May 21, 2013 3:39:19 PM

it really doesnt matter if you are a fan of them or not. what matters is performance and intel just wins out especially at this price range. if you were to post in the new build section with your sort of budget level, every one will basically scream at you for having a amd build. just trying to help you get more bang for the buck.

now, heres the SSD i recommended earlier on. read my first post.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/398905/M5s_PX-128M5S...(SSD)_with_Marvell_88SS9174_Controller
May 21, 2013 4:43:37 PM

TheBigTroll said:
it really doesnt matter if you are a fan of them or not. what matters is performance and intel just wins out especially at this price range. if you were to post in the new build section with your sort of budget level, every one will basically scream at you for having a amd build. just trying to help you get more bang for the buck.

now, heres the SSD i recommended earlier on. read my first post.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/398905/M5s_PX-128M5S...(SSD)_with_Marvell_88SS9174_Controller


Thanks I appreciate your help
July 15, 2013 8:32:36 PM

the nzxt 820 is realllllly big ! mine just came in last week. love the case but Im gonna install a custom watercooling loop so the more room the better but if you just need something that performs well, then save some cash and get a cheaper case and got intel. another option is go with the fx8350 , go with the nzxt 630 (around $150 or so ) and use those extra $100 to get a high end gpu.
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July 15, 2013 9:27:17 PM

I own 2 990FX Sabertooth Rev. 2 boards , great performance and overclocking ability.

FX8350 OC'd to 4.7 ghz. , with a Phanteks PH-TC14PE.

November 13, 2013 7:13:01 PM

alex128 said:
the nzxt 820 is realllllly big ! mine just came in last week. love the case but Im gonna install a custom watercooling loop so the more room the better but if you just need something that performs well, then save some cash and get a cheaper case and got intel. another option is go with the fx8350 , go with the nzxt 630 (around $150 or so ) and use those extra $100 to get a high end gpu.


Yeah I totally agree this thing is huge!!! I went with it anyways and looking back i should have saved some money and gone with a cheaper case and maybe a better GPU or CPU like you said but to late!
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