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Which motherboard is better?

Last response: in Motherboards
December 21, 2013 11:20:39 PM

Im not sure which motherboard is best for my build.

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.00)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $670.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 02:20 EST-0500)

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December 21, 2013 11:28:36 PM

Go for MSI.

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a b À AMD
December 21, 2013 11:32:51 PM

Hmm....have we met ?


The 2 motherboard have the same 970 chipset and both are from quite reputable companies. But Asus's BIOS seems to be better.

Let's do a comparison

- 2 More RAM slots
- 1 more x16 PCIe slot

- more USB ports


other than that, they have more or less the same number of internal I/O ports and they both have useful software.

I would go with The Asus board