Best, cheap AM3+ overclocking motherboard

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P
$59.99

ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+
$68.71

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+
$72.00

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+
$75.00

Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 AM3+
$99.99

ASRock 970 EXTREME4
$104.00

ASRock 990FX Extreme3
$122.00

MSI 990FXA-GD65
$129.00

Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0
$145.00

http://motherboard.findthebest.com/compare/54-163/ASUS-M5A99X-EVO-vs-MSI-990FXA-GD65

heres a comparison for the last two, i have found that the MSI mother board also has a higher power phase of 8+2 which is apparently better for overclocking. I'm edging towards the MSI but if there are any same/better on this list let me know.

these are the only MB i have access to in this price range

and im guessing these cards will fit in my mid tower cooler master 430

thanks

EDIT i read that the MSI can only give a max 1.5v to the cpu, is this bad?
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  1. Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 ( 4+1 phases w/ heatsink )
    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ( 4+1 phases w/ heatsink, additional features like debug LED and good amount of fan controllers )
    MSI 990FXA-GD65 ( 8+2 phases, nice price, SLI support. The GD65 V2 fixed voltage problem AFAIK, did you check it out )

    Those are the good board for OC within their price range. Anyway I'd suggest checking the Gigabyte 970a-ud3 also, which packs 8+2 phases for a competitive price. Not sure why it didn't get listed here. Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 also offers great OC ability for a nice price, if you're from the US.
  2. Madn3ss795 said:
    Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 ( 4+1 phases w/ heatsink )
    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ( 4+1 phases w/ heatsink, additional features like debug LED and good amount of fan controllers )
    MSI 990FXA-GD65 ( 8+2 phases, nice price, SLI support. The GD65 V2 fixed voltage problem AFAIK, did you check it out )

    Those are the good board for OC within their price range. Anyway I'd suggest checking the Gigabyte 970a-ud3 also, which packs 8+2 phases for a competitive price. Not sure why it didn't get listed here. Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 also offers great OC ability for a nice price, if you're from the US.



    ive come down to

    GA-990FXA-UD3
    OR
    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0
  3. 4+1 phases < D3 only
  4. Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 < Real nice board , the best of the bunch listed.
  5. Ah, the AU price. For just 129$ MSI 990FXA-GD65 would be a good bang-for-the-buck board there, but since you narrowed it down to those two boards, I'd take the 990FXA-UD3. A bit cheaper here : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_803&products_id=17527&zenid=0c6bd8c28f0bafc0562e3f08ffb82e85
  6. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 < Real nice board , the best of the bunch listed.


    i think i'm going to go with that, it was what i was recommended originally. can you just confirm is it 6+2 phases for that board?
  7. Evo is 6+2
  8. Madn3ss795 said:
    Ah, the AU price. For just 129$ MSI 990FXA-GD65 would be the best bang-for-the-buck board there then :)


    I've seen allover the net that the gd65 has a power issue and i cant find a supplier for the v2 of it (i'm in Australia), and i doubt it'd be cheaper than the ASUS, so i'll definitely go with the ASUS! unless anyone else has a better idea
  9. mumbomum said:
    SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 < Real nice board , the best of the bunch listed.


    i think i'm going to go with that, it was what i was recommended originally. can you just confirm is it 6+2 phases for that board?


    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 : 6+2 phases
    990FXA-UD3 : 8+2 phases.

    More phases doesn't mean just more powers, but cleaner power also.
  10. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Evo is 6+2


    cheers
  11. Have fun with the build.
  12. Madn3ss795 said:
    mumbomum said:
    SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 < Real nice board , the best of the bunch listed.


    i think i'm going to go with that, it was what i was recommended originally. can you just confirm is it 6+2 phases for that board?


    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 : 6+2 phases
    990FXA-UD3 : 8+2 phases.

    More phases doesn't mean just more powers, but cleaner power also.


    motherboard master vs admin
    http://i.imgur.com/y2Zwk.gif

    here they discussed and chose the ASUS, but that 8+2 phase does make it sound alot better
  13. I can't get that link to open ^ must be one of my Firefox addons blocking it.
  14. Madn3ss795 said:


    SR-71 Blackbird said:
    I can't get that link to open ^ must be one of my Firefox addons blocking it.


    hahahaha, welp continued reading and the PRO version of the ASUS is set up to run 2 gpu @ 16x where as the other one i am looking at is set up primarily for one gpu

    whats the case with the gigabyte in terms of 2 gpu's cause i wanna run two in the future
  15. Both boards support dual card setups ( SLI and CrossfireX ) at full pci-e 2.0 X16 speed.
  16. Thats true but the PRO version with SLI/Crossfire will perform 4% better because of 16x/16x vs 8x/8x, correct me if im wrong.
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