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ASRock 970 EXTREME3 or ASRock 970 EXTREME4

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June 28, 2013 5:23:36 PM

I'm looking for a motherboard to go with a fx-6300. I had already decided on one, but now the prices have all changed. I'm kind of confused about the differences of these boards.

My goal is to overclock, I do have a usb 3.0 on my case, but I'm not worried about using it. I will not be using SLI or crossfire.

ASRock 970 EXTREME3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
First board. As far as I can tell, what makes this different from the next one is it doesn't have usb 3.0 internal connections, and supports a max of 32GB ram

ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one is the updated version of the above mentioned. Main difference I noticed is it has the internal usb 3.0 connections, and supports up to 64GB of ram, this and the 3.0 isn't a major concern to me.

ASRock 970 EXTREME4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Last but not least is the the one I was planing on buying before the price went up. Now, the main deffrence I see here is this one comes with one extra PCI express slot, and SLI support? I only have one graphics card, don't plan on going duel.

So, out of the 3, which one would you guys suggest? I thought I had it figured out, but now, I'm confused to hell. I want to be able to OC it, I'm not worried about use 3.0, 64GB of ram, or SLI/crossfire. Should I just go for the first one listed, or is there some reason I would want one of the others?

Please, nothing over $99. This is the max I can spend on a motherboard.

Thanks.



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a c 1632 V Motherboard
June 28, 2013 5:47:08 PM

I'd go with the Extreme 3 or 4, sounds like the 3 would be a good fit, I'd say go for it and have fun, I generally look to the Rock for mobos first and then follow w/ Asus and Gigabyte, both for my clients and myself
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June 28, 2013 5:52:28 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I'd go with the Extreme 3 or 4, sounds like the 3 would be a good fit, I'd say go for it and have fun, I generally look to the Rock for mobos first and then follow w/ Asus and Gigabyte, both for my clients and myself


So, the Extreme 3, not the extreme 3 R2.0, which seems like I'd just be paying more for internal usb 3.0 and ability to add more ram than I'll ever need. Correct?

Thanks.


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a c 1632 V Motherboard
June 28, 2013 5:55:06 PM

That sounds like a winner!.....let us know how build turns out
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June 28, 2013 8:06:07 PM

Tradesman1 said:
That sounds like a winner!.....let us know how build turns out


Will do. Should have all parts by the end of July. :D  Patience is highly overrated.
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July 16, 2013 8:35:24 AM

Went with. Up to 32Gb ram, 8+2 VRM for OC.

GB 970A UD3 (on sale for 84.99 until 7/17)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was going to get the 990, but, at this price this mobo was too good to pass up. The 990 was overkill for my needs anyway.

*I also received REV 3.0. Which I had been worried about. REV 3.0 has the better heat sinks, and comes ready to use my cpu without needing to flash bios.
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a c 1632 V Motherboard
July 16, 2013 8:51:43 AM

Should love it, let us know ;) 
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July 16, 2013 9:19:47 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Should love it, let us know ;) 


Thanks, will do. HDD, and GPU coming in on the 18th, will order last part (CPU) on the 19th. Looking at a week until system is getting put together. Can't wait.

*the sale ended today, not the 17th. =D Got to love when you catch the sales.
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a c 1632 V Motherboard
July 16, 2013 1:10:20 PM

How's that saying go, patience h***, I'm going to kill something! ;) 
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July 16, 2013 1:51:10 PM

Tradesman1 said:
How's that saying go, patience h***, I'm going to kill something! ;) 


Lol, I've about had my fill of patience.
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a c 1632 V Motherboard
July 16, 2013 3:30:44 PM

I know the feeling............... ;) 
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July 26, 2013 8:22:06 PM

The build's working out great so far. Basically, what I expected, with much better temps than I could of wished for. Was able to get my fx8320 to 4.2 off stock voltage, with temps topping out at 36c after an hour of prime95. Tried for 4.3, but had a core fail.

Was thinking about upping the voltage and taking my oc as high as possible, but, I think I'll hold of on that. I really don't want to rag my CPU out. I'll save voltage change, and higher OC for later in the CPU's lifespan when it could really use the extra boost.

For now I'm happy having an 8 core clocked at 4.2, that was cheap as dirt ($145 on sale).
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a c 1632 V Motherboard
July 26, 2013 8:27:12 PM

You can go higher...just take it slow...4.3 and find a stable voltage and setup, then relax, play for a while, and come back even a week or more later, I've found that a good time to play is when you have a few 'free' (if you ever get any) hours, and keep notes of where you've been and the settings used
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July 26, 2013 8:36:43 PM

Tradesman1 said:
You can go higher...just take it slow...4.3 and find a stable voltage and setup, then relax, play for a while, and come back even a week or more later, I've found that a good time to play is when you have a few 'free' (if you ever get any) hours, and keep notes of where you've been and the settings used


Yea, I might take it up. I was really looking forward to 4.4 - 4.5. I'd just like to keep my temps down, I do keep it cold in the house (71), seems colder in the computer room (I'm guessing 68, kind of uncomfortable for me, great for my rig).

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a c 1632 V Motherboard
July 26, 2013 8:39:06 PM

Go for it, and be glad the rig isn't asking for a sweater ;) 
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