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Need some quick help picking a budget mobo for my fx 8320 Please

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December 14, 2013 12:23:11 PM

So I was originally going to get an Asus m5a97 r2.0 but its open box in the particular store near me, so I don't want to risk it.
Could somebody please find me a good FX compatable mobo that will be some what future proof, for around $100 ish @ www.canadacomputers.com

Top 3 if possible in case they don't have one in stock, please.

I was thinking the ASRock 970 Extreme3 Socket AM3+ AMD970FX+SB950
is it good?

Thanks.
December 14, 2013 12:29:17 PM

I'm using 970Extreme 3, everything runs good, no problem appeared i would say.
Also it is an ATX mobo so you will need a ATX chassis.
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December 14, 2013 12:33:08 PM

Sorry I'n not so savvy in that regard, I have the Rosewill Challenger if that is what you meant.. am I good to go ?
And could you recommend possibly 2 more mobo's for me quickly just incase it is not in stock.

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 Socket AM3+ AMD 970+SB950 Chipset ?
any others?
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December 14, 2013 12:36:00 PM

I got burned not too long ago on a customer build using an Asrock motherboard so I don't usually recommend them. But I have built quite a few budget AMD systems so if you want my 2 cents....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is my top pick for a 970 chipset motherboard. 8+2 power phase, nice beefy heatsinks on the VRMs and Gigabyte quality.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This board is another good choice for a budget AMD build. I've used this board in a couple builds and its impressed me with its quality. The heat sinks aren't as good as the Gigabyte board, but its still a quality choice.

My 3rd pick would probably be the Asrock board your thinking about. Like I said earlier, I'm not a huge fan of Asrock, but for the most part, their boards are pretty reliable.

All my picks are boards that I've used in builds so I'm pretty confident that one of the above 3 should suit your purpose.
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December 14, 2013 12:40:15 PM

todd1780 said:
I got burned not too long ago on a customer build using an Asrock motherboard so I don't usually recommend them. But I have built quite a few budget AMD systems so if you want my 2 cents....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is my top pick for a 970 chipset motherboard. 8+2 power phase, nice beefy heatsinks on the VRMs and Gigabyte quality.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This board is another good choice for a budget AMD build. I've used this board in a couple builds and its impressed me with its quality. The heat sinks aren't as good as the Gigabyte board, but its still a quality choice.

My 3rd pick would probably be the Asrock board your thinking about. Like I said earlier, I'm not a huge fan of Asrock, but for the most part, their boards are pretty reliable.

All my picks are boards that I've used in builds so I'm pretty confident that one of the above 3 should suit your purpose.



Awesome thanks. But now say the store doesn't have the UD3P version but rather the UD3... is that still okay ????
Also are these boards FX compatible right away? I have read something about having to update bios on some, can't recall which board it was and I don't really know my ins and outs on that stuff.
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December 14, 2013 12:44:19 PM

MSI MB-970AG43
MSI 970A-946
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
AsRock 970DE3/U3S3
If you are not building it for gaming...
ASUS M5A78L-M LX
ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2
ASUS M5A88-M
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P
GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3L
AsRock 960GM-GS3 FX
AsRock 880GM-LE FX (with HDMI adaptor)
AsRock 870iCafe R2.0
Chipsets affects performance a little bit...only
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December 14, 2013 12:46:52 PM

I appreciate it very much, thank you! I'm off to the store.

P.s. yes it is for gaming. fx 8320 + "insert mobo" + gtx 760 oc
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