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December 4, 2013 1:07:28 AM

Hi there,

Used to have an old PC able to play WoW, CoD, Skyrim with low settings. The current system is good enough to chug along just OKAY.

Current spec is Intel E5700 dualcore 3.0GHz with 4GB DDR2, ATI HD 6670 and SATA hdd.

Near future plan is to upgrade the CPU and mobo with newer RAM. I don't plan to OC. New GPU in the near future, doesnt plan to go Crossfire/SLI yet. Planning on this upgrade to last me past 3 years, after the new GPU.

CPU: AMD FX6350
RAM: 4GB x 2

Been reading a lot on the mobo reviews but I cannot come to a conclusion on which mobo to buy.

Among the ones I have given thoughts on:

MSI 970A-G43
MSI 990FX-GD65

Gigabyte 970A-DS3
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3

Asus M5A97 LE R2.0

Among those above, which would be the most suitable?

Or are there any other version I should consider?

Lastly, budget for the mobo, is at USD$120 or less.


Thanks a million.
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December 4, 2013 1:27:37 AM

The best choice would be the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. Dont even think about going with the MSI as those boards especially the ones listed above are bad news. Gigabyte and Asus are solid motherboard brands. But go with that gigabyte as it has sli support and you may need it in the future. The Asus is only slightly cheaper and has no sli support. Also you could save on the cpu and go with an fx 6300. The only difference is the clock speed which can be achieved with a simple multiplier bump.
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December 4, 2013 1:34:49 AM

Btw, heres an fx 8320 http://, which is about the same price as the 6350 and better.
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December 4, 2013 1:45:45 AM

Scremin34Egl said:
The best choice would be the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. Dont even think about going with the MSI as those boards especially the ones listed above are bad news. Gigabyte and Asus are solid motherboard brands. But go with that gigabyte as it has sli support and you may need it in the future. The Asus is only slightly cheaper and has no sli support. Also you could save on the cpu and go with an fx 6300. The only difference is the clock speed which can be achieved with a simple multiplier bump.


Thanks for suggesting the FX6300, I thought of FX6350 due to higher GHz without needing to OC. But I love lowering the cost, so the FX6300 will be a good choice.

As for the GByte 990FXA-UD3, why would this one be better than the rest, besides the SLI point? Among those listed there, this one is the highest cost but I think this one will last me the longest... does it?
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December 4, 2013 2:07:59 AM

Ken81s said:
Scremin34Egl said:
The best choice would be the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. Dont even think about going with the MSI as those boards especially the ones listed above are bad news. Gigabyte and Asus are solid motherboard brands. But go with that gigabyte as it has sli support and you may need it in the future. The Asus is only slightly cheaper and has no sli support. Also you could save on the cpu and go with an fx 6300. The only difference is the clock speed which can be achieved with a simple multiplier bump.


Thanks for suggesting the FX6300, I thought of FX6350 due to higher GHz without needing to OC. But I love lowering the cost, so the FX6300 will be a good choice.

As for the GByte 990FXA-UD3, why would this one be better than the rest, besides the SLI point? Among those listed there, this one is the highest cost but I think this one will last me the longest... does it?


Gigabyte boards are known for their quality and durability, and, yes that board will last a long time. The amd 990fx is amd's flagship chipset at the moment, so again better for overclocking and sli/crossfire,higher power phases and more usb and sata ports. The gigabyte 970A-DS3 is also a good board and so is the Asus but they have less ports and run a lower end chipset and probably even lower power phases. Not that the chipset is going to impact on gaming performance though. In terms of bang for buck, the gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 is a good quality board at a great price and fits nicely into your budget.

Although if you are not looking to overclock or sli/crossfire and if you dont need the extra ports then the lower end gigabyte and asus should be just fine.
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