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December 1, 2013 3:38:10 PM

hey everyone, i am a long time reader, but new to posting. i would like to start off by saying how awesome these forums are and how helpful you all are. on that note, i have tried to research the gigabyte ga 970a UD3P and i cannot find anything at all on the internet about it such as reviews or posts. i find alot on the UD3, but not the UD3P, it has only two reviews on newegg but both 5 egg reviews. i was wondering if any of you have experience with it or know about it? i am interested in purchasing it for my first build ever. i have finally built up the courage to build my first budget gaming pc, going to go with amd, probably a fx6350 or 8320. i will not be utilizing sli or crossfire, and will not be overclocking. so i read alot of good things about the asus m5a97 r2.0 and was going to go ahead with it until i saw the gigabyte i had mentioned above. from what i read it is a relatively newly released board?? i could be wrong, but from specs on newegg and whatver i could find online, it seems to be a good board, but overall there is more about the asus to read about. just wanted to get all of your input about the gigabyte. thanks again everyone

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a b V Motherboard
December 1, 2013 3:43:37 PM

Both are enought for your needs. Go with the cheapest of the two.
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a c 1727 V Motherboard
December 1, 2013 5:11:18 PM

Either will work, for better cooling, OCing and BIOS might look at the Asus M5A97 R2.0 in the same price point
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December 6, 2013 3:03:24 PM

sorry for the late reply. i was going to go with the asus, until i was getting drivers ready from their site before i purchase build parts and saw that there is no chipset driver or sata driver for the m5a97 r2 for windows 8.1??? everything is there under windows 8, but not when i choose 8.1 from the drop down menu. although on gigabytes driver website they only have windows 8 listed, does that mean i should be using the windows 8 drivers? now 8.1? that confuses me a bit. should i just be using the driver cd that comes with the board? i always heard it was better to download straight from the manufacturer. i also have just noticed on newegg that the gigabyte 970a ud3p just dropped to 89.99 and free shipping, asus is still at 94, but if you guys think im getting a better product with m5a97 r2, i will go with it any insight is appreciated and thank you again for your replys

-alex
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a c 1727 V Motherboard
December 6, 2013 4:10:57 PM

Use 8.1 if available and using 8.1, it indicates updtes were needed for 8.1, may not have needed to update others which may still indicate Win 8
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December 6, 2013 4:21:14 PM

ahhh i think i understand now. so if a chipset driver isnt available under 8.1, but is under windows 8, then i would use the windows 8 chipset and sata driver. since there was a lan and usb driver under 8.1, i would use those? ASUS was the only one to have an 8.1 choice for drivers, Gigabyte did not, so for gigabyte i would just use what they have for windows 8?

also, i saw you recommend the ASUS m5a97 r2 over the Gigabyte 970a ud3p... should i stick with ASUS? even with the gigabyte dropping in price?

last question, is it ok if i was just to use the driver disc that comes with the motherboard rather than downloading online to usb then installing from that usb onto the build?

thanks tradesman, you are a big help
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a c 1727 V Motherboard
December 6, 2013 4:25:43 PM

To be honest I normally throw the CD awat, generally there are almost always many (most) of the drivers that are on the CD are already outdated by the time you get the mobo, sometimes even multiple versions behind, so right off the bat if you load from CD then find newer versions on the web site and load those, you are immediately filling the HD and registry with unneeded junk. ;) 
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December 6, 2013 4:32:39 PM

got it. thanks tradesman. any input on what model i should go with the asus or gigabyte? i know you recommended the m5a97, but just seeing if you had any further insight
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a c 1727 V Motherboard
December 6, 2013 6:08:43 PM

For AMD rigs I lean to Asus, they seem to pair up with the AMD CPUs best, same with Z87s I again look to Asus first, the Z77 I give the nod to the Rock mobos it varies depending what I see when I work with the different rigs, for AMD the Rock is my second choice
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a b V Motherboard
December 13, 2013 7:18:10 PM

Hi, in case you haven't decided yet - i have the GA-970A-UD3P + fx6350 and the board is very nice,
it has 8+2 power phase design but the asus only has 4+2
if you were comparing it with the Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 then i would recommend asus...

pretty sure the windows 8 drivers are the same for windows 8.1 .... 8.1 is more like a update,
not a new windows version, a service pack if you may call it that way...

and skip the asrocks... watch the 3 part video if you want to educate yourself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDxFbAhu4Bo&list=FLeV4Ru...
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