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ASUS M5A97 V2 vs Asus M5A99X EVO / £45 difference

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June 17, 2013 3:56:37 AM

Need advice on these 2 motherboard they have a £45 difference:

Asus M5A99X EVO AMD 990X Chipset, CrossFire / SLI supported, ATX Mainboard w/ 4 RAM slots, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III /s, RAID

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ASUS M5A97 V2 AMD 970 Chipset, ATX mainboard w/ 4 RAM slots, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 2 PCI


System Specs:
FX8350 or 8320
VTX3D HD 7870
12GB dual channel 1600mhz ram
600w power supply
510 liquid cooling

I will most likely not overclock the 8350 if i do it will be from 4.0ghz to 4.5ghz if i notice a change in fps in games like wow. and the 8320 i will most likely overclock it to 4.2ghz. So which motherboard would suit my needs best / value for money / and not completly limit me or give me a head heck in the future.

June 17, 2013 4:17:42 AM

The only reason you would want a 990X is if you want SLI. Otherwise go with M5A97
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June 17, 2013 4:19:46 AM

i do not wish to have more than one graphics cards. Is that the only reason really? Ive read somewhere about 990x being better for 8 cores cpus?? how do they compare for overclocking?
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June 17, 2013 4:19:59 AM

First of all don't even think about the M5A97 2.0 . New threads popping up in the forum everyday showing that this board got bugged here and there. If you only want to do some slight OC then Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 would be better. If you need proper xfire support to add in another HD7870 in the future then consider taking M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ( only 1 GBP higher than M5A99X EVO R2.0 ).

Short list of AM3+ boards in the UK : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#sort=a6&s...
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June 17, 2013 4:24:28 AM

Those are my only two options are am buying from cyberpower uk one. So im guessing the 990 is a better choice? just the 45 pound difference putting me off it.
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June 17, 2013 4:35:02 AM

Pipson said:
Those are my only two options are am buying from cyberpower uk one. So im guessing the 990 is a better choice? just the 45 pound difference putting me off it.


45 pound sounds like a lot. Why don't you just select parts from stores and assemble them by self? That would save you lots of money.
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June 17, 2013 4:45:59 AM

Pipson said:
i do not wish to have more than one graphics cards. Is that the only reason really? Ive read somewhere about 990x being better for 8 cores cpus?? how do they compare for overclocking?


Not really the only reason, the M5A99X is a better board overall (better VRM cooling, better disposition of SATA ports, better audio...), but SLI is the only major feature it has over the A97.
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June 17, 2013 10:55:54 AM

So I have been doing similar research since I will also be purchasing my new pc here in a couple weeks. The ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ I went back and fourth over, and time and time again the reveiws were really good on this board. the people purchasing it were pretty happy with is OC. If the choice was for a good SLI board yea I would go with something a bit more then this but since I also only want a single video card mobo I ended up choosing this one. The only thing I would mention is do your research on the memory you purchase with this one since alot of people tend to freak out when they put in anything 1866 and higher since they relize they have to adjust there ram speed. I checked out the manual for this mobo and did not really like any of the recommened 1600 or 1866 speeds so i looked around on the newegg forums and found some Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer8GB 1866 they were used on this mobo with no issues. Im also assuming the 1600 would do the same.

Heres the build im about to purchase:
175.00-ASUS VX238H Black 23" monitor
280.00-ASUS GTX 660 Ti 2GB OC video card
188.00-FX-8350 Black edition Unlocked
140.00-ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ mobo
67.00-NZXT Guardian Black 921RB-BL case
90.00-Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb
130.00-Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
70.00-620W SLI Seasonic 80 Plus Bronze
89.00-Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer8GB 1866 memory
46.00-CPU Cooler Enermax ETS-T40-VD heatsink
27.00-ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R
22.00-120mm #2 Logisys Blue Dual Cold Cathode
6.00-120mm Antec Blue LED
7.00-140mm Logisys CF140BL Blue LED
55.00-SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard
41.00-eSPORTS Theron Laser Gaming Mouse

Now that mobo shows as 125.00$ on amazon.com
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June 17, 2013 11:12:45 AM

that is a nice looking mouse, whats on your take on it? compared to the one im posting below

Here my set up that i should be purchasing in one week or so but, the ? means unsure atm and still doingresearch


Xion Predator 970 Gaming Series Mid Tower Case w/ 2 External Removable HDD Bays
Maximum Case Cooling Fans, blue led
AMD FX-8350 / 8320 ?
Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator
ASUS M5A97 V2 / Asus M5A99X EVO ? (atm im leaning more towards the m5a97
4GB (2x2GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)
8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)
600 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair 600 Watts CX600 Gaming Power Supply, 80+)
VTX3D HD 7870 Black Boost Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s Cache Hard Drive (Single Hard Drive)
128 GB Plextor PX-M5S Series SATA III Gaming MLC Solid State Disk
24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE. (BLACK Colour)
Windows 7
Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard ?
Razer Deathadder 2013 Essential Ergonomic USB Gaming Mouse with Rubber Side Grips ?
Benq GL2450HM 24" LED LCD HDMI Monitor- Speakers
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June 17, 2013 1:40:21 PM

Pipson said:
that is a nice looking mouse, whats on your take on it? compared to the one im posting below

Here my set up that i should be purchasing in one week or so but, the ? means unsure atm and still doingresearch


Xion Predator 970 Gaming Series Mid Tower Case w/ 2 External Removable HDD Bays
Maximum Case Cooling Fans, blue led
AMD FX-8350 / 8320 ?
Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator
ASUS M5A97 V2 / Asus M5A99X EVO ? (atm im leaning more towards the m5a97
4GB (2x2GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)
8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)
600 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair 600 Watts CX600 Gaming Power Supply, 80+)
VTX3D HD 7870 Black Boost Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s Cache Hard Drive (Single Hard Drive)
128 GB Plextor PX-M5S Series SATA III Gaming MLC Solid State Disk
24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE. (BLACK Colour)
Windows 7
Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard ?
Razer Deathadder 2013 Essential Ergonomic USB Gaming Mouse with Rubber Side Grips ?
Benq GL2450HM 24" LED LCD HDMI Monitor- Speakers


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June 17, 2013 3:02:50 PM

Pipson said:
that is a nice looking mouse, whats on your take on it? compared to the one im posting below

Here my set up that i should be purchasing in one week or so but, the ? means unsure atm and still doingresearch


Xion Predator 970 Gaming Series Mid Tower Case w/ 2 External Removable HDD Bays
Maximum Case Cooling Fans, blue led
AMD FX-8350 / 8320 ?
Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator
ASUS M5A97 V2 / Asus M5A99X EVO ? (atm im leaning more towards the m5a97
4GB (2x2GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)
8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader)
600 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair 600 Watts CX600 Gaming Power Supply, 80+)
VTX3D HD 7870 Black Boost Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s Cache Hard Drive (Single Hard Drive)
128 GB Plextor PX-M5S Series SATA III Gaming MLC Solid State Disk
24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE. (BLACK Colour)
Windows 7
Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard ?
Razer Deathadder 2013 Essential Ergonomic USB Gaming Mouse with Rubber Side Grips ?
Benq GL2450HM 24" LED LCD HDMI Monitor- Speakers


Ok so the mouse I went with because it has 40 programmable options for gaming along with 7 different LED colors you can choose from, plus it had that black matte finish incase you get sweaty palms and matched my tower so for my look it will be black and blue.

The Monitor you had BenQ i notice they have gotten alot of good reveiws and the specs look pretty decent so 16.7 mil colors and 4ms refresh how ever the 20 on contrast ratio you may want to look more into for gaming, the higher the CR the better the gaming so for my selection the ASUS VX238H has the 16.7 mil colors with a 1ms refresh rate (Im told anything under 6ms is good) along with a 80,000,000:1
contrast ratio which is excellent for gaming and that specific model is getting dam good reveiws pretty much every where you look. but its a 23inch I know for the smae specs on a 24inch you are looking at 10-20$ more.

The processor I decided after fighting back and fourth with my self with the i5 3570K. The FX-8350 was getting a really good reveiw from cpubenchmark higher then the previos AMDs and i5s now for gaming it was 50/50 compared to the i5 depends onwhat game , the thing i noticed tho is alot of the newer games like crysis and far cry 3 were doing better where as the older games like skyrim were doing better on the i5. in the end they are both great processors but since im building a box to be solid for the future of gaming I went with the 8-core since it looks like alot of the gaming companys will be forced to make more multi core games because of the PS4 and Xbox one will both be 8-core units. The future to me i think is in the 8-core.

The water cooling was one of the first things I looked into on my selections and for what im gonna be doing is just a single GPU with no OC cpu and on the forums including on this site they advised water cooling isnt even needed for that setup infact even with a OC 4.2 - 4.5 it isnt really needed. So that means less maintenance with airflow setup and Im all about that so im getting some pimped out led fans and my case has a top mount fan so that should be more then fine for me or even if i decide to oc it a lil in the future.

That mobo ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ you should check out the reveiws of it on newegg that is what changed my mind to buy it, alot of happy people even with OC and i think i saw some doing dual GPU on it aswel, the only thing tho try and confirm your memory works well on the mobo before you get it. I know for me since im going with 1866 sticks that were not listed in the manual as recommended for that mobo i decided to get them because someone in the forums for that mobo on newegg and installed them and they ran just fine, cool ass sticks too they have built in leds hehehehe. And just make sure the memory is dual channel i recommend 2X4 sticks of 8gb nothing more then that is needed.

The keyboard was TUFF funny enough, the way i play it with my left hand on the 10key so i would have to move my keyboard over to the far left, the keyboard i selected fixes that by having a gaming key section on the left side.

I like your ssd along with hdd i was originally gonna do that but im already over budget as is hehehe , in the future tho ill be doing that, just make sure to look up how to install ssd and hdd into a new build i know they have a specific way to be setup like the hdd does not get plugged in until after the ssd has windows installed and i think even updaten.

The video card you are in the correct spot that 7870 or GTX 660 or higher is recommened to play the most gpu intensive game out there right now Crysis 3, so for a good rig built to last deffinately get a 270$ or higher gpu. I went with the GTX 660 Ti OC for 279.00$ becuase of the reveiws on it alone.
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June 17, 2013 4:01:45 PM

Hey man thnx for the input, enjoyed reading that. Im not a hardcore gamer i actually only play a list of games on casual basis which are football manager, wow, dota 2 and cod and pro evo on xbox however i multitask alot and when i do play i usually end up having 2 games open at the same time especially now that im going 2 monitors.

One that note the monitor i chose was based on its price and review at £112 thought it was a steal again im in the uk and u US.

Yeh i havent been too impresses with that razer mouse despite the good reviews on amazon, so im still keeping my options open and ive shortlisted yours and any others you can recon are more than welcome
Im mainly looking for led lights keyboard and mouse and confort than extra buttons and so on.

I agree with ur future cpu proof, been told by everyone to go for i5 4670k i think? But just not convinced, i just like the idea of 8 cores, feel it suit my needs not to mention how easy and overclockable they are the fx8s.

Ive also done some reading and i havent heard anything bad about the ASUS M5A97 V2 i think im gonna stick with it, got no plans to run 2 gpus, not a hardcore gamer, i may overclock but nothing go silly levels so i dont think it justifies paying £45 more for the other mobo

12 gb of ram again is just for future proof and ive come close to using 6/7gb at times before..

The cooling, the one i chose is particular cheap and very good And will give me room to OC plenty if i ever have to, fans should def help too this particular case will allow 5 of them, im make sure they all light up hahaha, regarding maintance dont think its somethingg that will stress u, mind u never done it before but been told u do it like once a year???

Ssd i think is something u must have especially if ur a hard gamer, i think ur tite on budget jusy get a 128 and dnt get an hdd yet buy it later, i mean i dunno how much space u need but i could actually manage on that alone cause i simply dont really keep files i dont need, download a movie = delete ot after im done with it lol. But i got a spare 500gb from other machine which helps.

That particular video card that i chose if u google its benchmarks or reviews its actually faster than the 7950 in certain games or most and it only costs me £170 while the 7950 costs £250

http://www.techpowerup.com/mobile/reviews/VTX3D/Radeon_...

Have a look around that and other games listed... Worth every penny ino especially if you plan to have loads of fans in your gaming case

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