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Best AM3+ Motherboard under $100?

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August 27, 2013 9:16:42 PM

I've started my budget build (~$750-800) and I had this motherboard picked out already:

But I figured I should ask around before ordering it. I'd like to stay under $85 but I need to stay under $100 if required. I'm already pushing it!

So if anyone has any better suggestions on motherboard let me know! Or let me know if I should stick with the one I already chose.

My build for anyone wondering:

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($15.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $47.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $20.00)
PSU Diablotek PDA Series PDA-650BW ($65.99)
Total: $717.85

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August 28, 2013 11:49:06 AM

werner123 said:
Hi, yes definitely the Asus M5A97 R2.0 as that's the one i would have recommended in any case :) 

Thanks! It looks to be the best. I've only seen people have problems with RAID and stuff, but I'll me using it normally in a gaming PC. I'm not even sure what RAID is for.

I'll most likely be getting this one!
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August 28, 2013 2:40:18 PM

werner123 said:
Hmmm, I've only now noticed the PSU you will be using, won't recommend that to be honest. The following would be much better:

Just an suggestion.

Yeah, honestly the PSU is the most difficult thing for me to pick out. I've changed it like 15 times, haha. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll probably get the XFX you suggested!


August 29, 2013 12:10:27 PM

werner123 said:
The PSU is the most important piece of hardware in the PC, NEVER skimp on that. If you want to power your expensive hardware you need/want quality. Seasonic is the best, and all XFX PSU's are manufactured by Seasonic. Enjoy and good luck.

Which of these are better? I'm trying to find a cheaper yet still good PSU.

Corsair CX500

Cooler Master RS600
August 29, 2013 2:27:45 PM

werner123 said:
Between those two, i would say the Corsair. But just go with the XFX, like i said, don't skimp on a PSU.

Yeah, I might as well get the XFX