Any suggestions on a "cheap" but effective AM3+ OC'ing Mobo

Currently running a FX-8120 on a ASUS M5A97 and can't ever seen to get a stable OC. Read a lot of posts that seem to say this mobo is junk at oc'ing and with my results I'm inclined to believe it. Also been having other problems with it (USB randomly stop working, Sound Card too, etc) and I think it's just time to move on. But now I'm wondering on what mobo to pick up, looking to OC a lot, and probably install water cooling at some point (Xmas) but that's a maybe.

Any good suggestions? Prefer to be on the cheaper side, sub 170$ if possible. Currently running 6 HD's and a 7970, so doesn't have to be anything superfancy.

Thanks in advance!
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  2. CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1 w/ Hyper 212 Cooler
    GPU: Sapphire AMD HD 7970 3GB
    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 1600 4x4gb
    SC: Sound Blaster Fatal1ty Recon3D
    PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750w Bronze
    Mobo: ASUS M5A97
    HD's: 5x WD Caviar Blacks 1tbs + Samsung 840 SSD
  3. you're doing this before boot up? ( oc in bios )......... have you upped the ram voltage? did you see of you could get a stable oc with just 2 sticks? did you lower the multiplier on the cpu at all? how's it oc with the HD's disconnected?
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