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Which Mobo to go? M5A97 LE R2.0 VS M5A97 R2.0

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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:25:04 AM

Hey guys,
I just have a few questions to go through with these two mobos.

LINKS for the Mobos before hand.


My questions are as follows.

    Which is the overall better Mobo?
    Which will perform best with the AMD FX-6300 (OCing)
    Which has the easiest and/or friendliest BIOS?

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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:43:44 AM

I would go with the R2, they both are the same chipset just one has a little less stuff than the other, I see no over-killing between the two
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:45:01 AM

I have the non-LE version and it's far better in every aspect imho. That, and it looks sexy if you're looking for a blue-white motif.
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:47:58 AM

not to mention LE boards are not always the best for overclocking, I made the mistake years back lol
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:48:14 AM

Thanatos Telos said:
I have the non-LE version and it's far better in every aspect imho. That, and it looks sexy if you're looking for a blue-white motif.


yeah, the only difference I saw upon inspection is that the non-LE version has the USB 3.0 plug ON the actual motherboard, so it doesn't have to be fed through and plugged into the back, giving me more USB slots (which I need)
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:49:07 AM

bad_eyes83 said:
not to mention LE boards are not always the best for overclocking, I made the mistake years back lol


so you'd say the Non-LE version? Or do you have any other sort of Mobo in mind for about the same price-range?
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:50:55 AM

DO NOT get the LE version :) 
What is the price range you are looking at for the motherboard?
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 10:55:07 AM

bad_eyes83 said:
DO NOT get the LE version :) 
What is the price range you are looking at for the motherboard?


the highest I plan on going is £80, unless it's a REALLY good Mobo then i'll push to about £90.
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:10:05 AM

bad_eyes83 said:
its not UEFI, its the old classic style


Sadly I'm not the biggest fan of the old sort of BIOS. "/

I do remember, however, seeing this really good Mobo a moth or so ago, the Asus P8Z77-V.
This does seem like a very good Mobo ( http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_LX/ ) except for one problem, it's built using the Intel LGA1155 Chipset, which I can't use.
Do you know of a AMD variation of this Mobo in-particular?
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:15:17 AM

the MSI 990FXA-GD65 has the UDEFI bios (sorry if i got the name of it wrong) were you can use the mouse, unless you want a ASUS board
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:19:23 AM

bad_eyes83 said:
the MSI 990FXA-GD65 has the UDEFI bios (sorry if i got the name of it wrong) were you can use the mouse, unless you want a ASUS board


I have been told by some of the experts that MSI mobos can be a bit flimsy, especially the cheaper ones. "/
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:25:30 AM

that MSI board isn't a low end one :p  but in your case the one you were looking at is the one to go with unless you want o spend over 100
the one your looking at uses a 970 chipset and the gigabyte and msi one I showed you uses the 990 FXA chipset which is the highest at the moment AMD chipset :) 
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:38:46 AM

bad_eyes83 said:
that MSI board isn't a low end one :p  but in your case the one you were looking at is the one to go with unless you want o spend over 100
the one your looking at uses a 970 chipset and the gigabyte and msi one I showed you uses the 990 FXA chipset which is the highest at the moment AMD chipset :) 


problem is I can't find anywhere what sells the MSI Mobo, they're either out-of-stock or they're discontinuing selling them.

The Gigabyte mobo looks good however, I may just have to spend some time deciding which I find best.
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:43:56 AM

Yep, weigh out the pros and cons and take your time, don't' skimp out TOO much after all your motherboard is like your mom (not in the sick sense)
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:45:24 AM

bad_eyes83 said:
Yep, weigh out the pros and cons and take your time, don't' skimp out TOO much after all your motherboard is like your mom (not in the sick sense)


Aye, but nevertheless, thanks so much for your help!
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a b V Motherboard
August 15, 2013 11:52:28 AM

That is what us localish nerds are here for lol :p  take your time and research customer feedback more than pros, most pros don't keep them as long as the customer :p 
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