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March 4, 2014 2:31:46 AM

Hi all first off here is my build
GPU: EVGA gtx 770 - already purchased
CPU: Amd fx-6300 black - already purchased
MOBO: ASUS m5a97 R2.0 (inquiry lies here)
PSU: EVGA 600w - already purchased
RAM: Kingston Hyper X 8GB 1600
HDD: 1 TB seagate
OS: Windows 8 or 7?

okay so main question here will my Mobo suffice as far as gaming goes, will i bottleneck , what if i plan to OC my CPU?

and on Newegg the m5a97 has 3 different variations with different prices was also inquiring on that.

I guess mainly will this build be pretty good?

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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 2:45:30 AM

With that mobo and gpu combo you're already limiting yourself. That mobo will not support SLI. Since you're buying an Nvidia card, it would be best to buy a mobo which supports SLI. SLI allows you to buy another 770 down the road and combine them.

Here are a few mobo's around the same price as the one you picked which will support SLI:


As for your OS, it's really up to you. They're already talking on new upgrades for windows 8, launching soon because most power users don't like it as much as 7. I like 7, but that's me.

After you fix your issue with the mobo, you're build will be a great computer.

Have fun!
a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2014 2:46:15 AM

Yea, the Motherboard is good enough for light overclock. For better overclocking maybe you should get M5A97 EVO version, it has 6+2 phase power desing, while the regular M5A97 has 4+2, just don't get the LE version. About bottleneck, you will be fine, FX 6300 can handle GTX 770. And if you plan to do some overclocking, definitely get aftermarket cooler. Something like Cooler Master Hyper 212Evo should do the job just fine and it is pretty cheap.
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March 4, 2014 2:17:11 PM

Okay okay makes sense good thing I started reading into the mobo, so getting one of the ones you listed would help future proof my rig? And so the lower price ones you listed, the two 60ish dollar ones what's the difference between those and the 100 dollar one you listed just features? Btw thanks! And definitely I will get an after market cooler but I am not sure as to the longevity of the processor I have what do you think OC or get a new one when the time comes?
March 4, 2014 2:20:16 PM

Nm they are 80 my bad I think I might go with the evo because you both recommended it