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Cannot decide on AM3+ motherboard.

This is my first post on this website, but I've been looking at a lot of these threads trying to decide on which motherboard to use. I'm having trouble between:

Asus Sabertooth (GEN3 or regular)
Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
ASrock Extreme4, 6, or 9 (Can someone help with those differences?)
Gigabyte UD3, 5, or 7

My only preferences are 990FX, USB 3.0, SATA 3 and a nice, quiet OC-capable motherboard.

I've already bought a HIS ICEQ Radeon 7870 video card, and I'm set on buying an AMD FX 8350 Vishera CPU.

The computer I'm trying to build will be used for mainly HQ gaming and some Photoshop, college work, etc. All of these mobos seem to just be $20 differences, but I can't decide which one is best for me.

Thanks a ton in advance.
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  1. A simple advice,
    If u have enough money, go for asus board.,
    Gigabyte is a little reasonable, i use it, and its fine.,plus if you dont need SLI or crossfire, dont spend on asus board, chek twie what ram frequencies it supports. check its USB 3.0 support, and front usb prt optn
    thats all :)
  2. rohanrobby7 said:
    A simple advice,
    If u have enough money, go for asus board.,
    Gigabyte is a little reasonable, i use it, and its fine.,plus if you dont need SLI or crossfire, dont spend on asus board, chek twie what ram frequencies it supports. check its USB 3.0 support, and front usb prt optn
    thats all :)


    Money really isn't an issue (college is paid, extra scholarship funds, job, etc) but I don't want to just hand over tons of cash because I can. What I'm saying is, I don't want to buy something just because it's the best if I may not even need its extra features. Also, since I bought a really nice GPU, I shouldn't need crossfire (for now) so should I still get asus? And I haven't even began researching RAM.
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131877

    ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+

    Rock solid for a build ^ I've built 2 computers with this and the FX8350.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO
  4. Best answer
    Chopper678 said:
    rohanrobby7 said:
    A simple advice,
    If u have enough money, go for asus board.,
    Gigabyte is a little reasonable, i use it, and its fine.,plus if you dont need SLI or crossfire, dont spend on asus board, chek twie what ram frequencies it supports. check its USB 3.0 support, and front usb prt optn
    thats all :)


    Money really isn't an issue (college is paid, extra scholarship funds, job, etc) but I don't want to just hand over tons of cash because I can. What I'm saying is, I don't want to buy something just because it's the best if I may not even need its extra features. Also, since I bought a really nice GPU, I shouldn't need crossfire (for now) so should I still get asus? And I haven't even began researching RAM.


    go for crosshair
    it has more memory slots plus 4 SLI or crossfore support., it is an awesome motherboard.
    Go for it :) and there is no need to expend more than this on motherboard ,, it is good enough, it has everything you might need :)
    dont forget to selet the best answer. you need any more help u are welme :)
  5. What about the GEN3? Is it better than the Crosshair? And what about the differences between UD3-7 an ASrock Extreme4-9? I think I'm going to get the Crosshair, but I'd still like to know the differences between them all. Thanks
  6. Chopper678 said:
    What about the GEN3? Is it better than the Crosshair? And what about the differences between UD3-7 an ASrock Extreme4-9? I think I'm going to get the Crosshair, but I'd still like to know the differences between them all. Thanks


    ASrock one isnt AM3+ i suppose. Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Motherboard is an awesome choice, but it has 2 PCI e x16 , so u cannot go for quad SLI or Tri SLI,, think about that,, i think this difference is fair enough
  7. rohanrobby7 said:
    Chopper678 said:
    What about the GEN3? Is it better than the Crosshair? And what about the differences between UD3-7 an ASrock Extreme4-9? I think I'm going to get the Crosshair, but I'd still like to know the differences between them all. Thanks


    ASrock one isnt AM3+ i suppose. Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Motherboard is an awesome choice, but it has 2 PCI e x16 , so u cannot go for quad SLI or Tri SLI,, think about that,, i think this difference is fair enough



    Excuse me, I'm new to all this... What exactly is SLI and why do I want to "go for quad or tri"? Thanks... I just taught myself hardware basics, I have a lot to learn about the more technical stuff.
  8. Chopper678 said:
    rohanrobby7 said:
    Chopper678 said:
    What about the GEN3? Is it better than the Crosshair? And what about the differences between UD3-7 an ASrock Extreme4-9? I think I'm going to get the Crosshair, but I'd still like to know the differences between them all. Thanks


    ASrock one isnt AM3+ i suppose. Gigabyte GA-990XA-sD3 Motherboard is an awesome choice, but it has 2 PCI e x16 , so u cannot go for quad SLI or Tri SLI,, think about that,, i think this difference is fair enough

    i would love to help. SLI means parallel cards !IT stands for scalable link interface. Nvidia cards running in parallel are SLI and AMD are Crossfire, it increases the memory bandwidth, if you wish to put 2 or more cards parallely , go for asus. otherwise take gigabyte. Asus are charging much only beacause theyhave 4 PCI express ports. so i recommend go for gigabyte and save some money, :D


    Excuse me, I'm new to all this... What exactly is SLI and why do I want to "go for quad or tri"? Thanks... I just taught myself hardware basics, I have a lot to learn about the more technical stuff.
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