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March 9, 2014 8:52:45 PM

Hi guys,
I plan to upgrade my system in the coming couple of months.here is what i have finalized after alot of research,

AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHZ CPU
2 Corsair Vengeance 4 GB GDDR3 Sticks
Corsair Carbide 400R Cabinet
3 Deepcool XFAN120 120mm fans

i already have the following parts which would be getting transferred over to the new system

Zotac GTX 750 Ti GPU
Corsair VS550 550w PSU
A couple of HDDs (don't know which company,been working well since 5 years and i don't need to upgrade my HDD)

i was planning on getting a MSI 970A-G43 but after reading alot of reviews it seems to be causing alot of problems for people,i don't exactly know what kind but it isn't supposedly considered the most stable option.my budget can extend no further than 5800 INR (95 USD).any recommendations?

My main usage would be Gaming and i have no plans to delve into the overclocking,i just want a stable everyday system.

Thank You :)  and sorry if my explanation may not be clear or explicit enough,i'm rather new to the PC modding scene even though i have been around computers all my life.

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March 9, 2014 10:06:13 PM

For a solid entry-level board check out the Asus M5A97 R2.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have the first version of the Asus M5A97 and it's solid as a rock and I've heard the 2.0 is even better, particularly in terms of overclocking capabilities.

Just be aware though, if you spend like 25-35$ more for a mid-level board like the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 or Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, they have 2 fast PCIe slots whereas the M5A97 and other entry-level boards only have 1. This would be something to consider if you think you might want to do a SLI or Crossfire setup in the future. They can also get you higher overclock speeds than the entry boards, if you think you may want to overclock in the future.

When I got my M5A97 a while back I had no intentions of overclocking but now I've kind of gotten into it and wished I had spent a little more at the beginning for a better board, which I'm doing now, lol.

Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.
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March 9, 2014 10:16:24 PM

deviantstyles said:
For a solid entry-level board check out the Asus M5A97 R2.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have the first version of the Asus M5A97 and it's solid as a rock and I've heard the 2.0 is even better, particularly in terms of overclocking capabilities.

Just be aware though, if you spend like 25-35$ more for a mid-level board like the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 or Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, they have 2 fast PCIe slots whereas the M5A97 and other entry-level boards only have 1. This would be something to consider if you think you might want to do a SLI or Crossfire setup in the future. They can also get you higher overclock speeds than the entry boards, if you think you may want to overclock in the future.

When I got my M5A97 a while back I had no intentions of overclocking but now I've kind of gotten into it and wished I had spent a little more at the beginning for a better board, which I'm doing now, lol.

Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.


Thanks alot,i did find it here from the website i normally buy computer components but it's way over my budget.it costs around 3000 INR more (49$ more) so i'd have to go for something cheaper.

Edit

What would you say about this?

http://www.flipkart.com/asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-motherboard/...

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March 9, 2014 10:45:42 PM

IronNeverLies25 said:
deviantstyles said:
For a solid entry-level board check out the Asus M5A97 R2.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have the first version of the Asus M5A97 and it's solid as a rock and I've heard the 2.0 is even better, particularly in terms of overclocking capabilities.

Just be aware though, if you spend like 25-35$ more for a mid-level board like the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 or Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, they have 2 fast PCIe slots whereas the M5A97 and other entry-level boards only have 1. This would be something to consider if you think you might want to do a SLI or Crossfire setup in the future. They can also get you higher overclock speeds than the entry boards, if you think you may want to overclock in the future.

When I got my M5A97 a while back I had no intentions of overclocking but now I've kind of gotten into it and wished I had spent a little more at the beginning for a better board, which I'm doing now, lol.

Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.


Thanks alot,i did find it here from the website i normally buy computer components but it's way over my budget.it costs around 3000 INR more (49$ more) so i'd have to go for something cheaper.

Edit

What would you say about this?

http://www.flipkart.com/asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-motherboard/...



That board is alright but it's designed as a micro-ATX form factor for smaller computers. It will still fit in the 400R but the 400R can support a bigger board which would make setting it up easier.

Does the place you're going to buy from sell the MSI 970A-G46 within your budget? That board is better than the G43 and shouldn't be that much more expensive.

If it is still too much, I would strongly suggest saving up to get a board that is known to be reliable. Like you said how the G43 seemed kind of dodgy, you would kind of be taking a gamble on buying a board now.
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March 9, 2014 11:23:16 PM

deviantstyles said:
IronNeverLies25 said:
deviantstyles said:
For a solid entry-level board check out the Asus M5A97 R2.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have the first version of the Asus M5A97 and it's solid as a rock and I've heard the 2.0 is even better, particularly in terms of overclocking capabilities.

Just be aware though, if you spend like 25-35$ more for a mid-level board like the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 or Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, they have 2 fast PCIe slots whereas the M5A97 and other entry-level boards only have 1. This would be something to consider if you think you might want to do a SLI or Crossfire setup in the future. They can also get you higher overclock speeds than the entry boards, if you think you may want to overclock in the future.

When I got my M5A97 a while back I had no intentions of overclocking but now I've kind of gotten into it and wished I had spent a little more at the beginning for a better board, which I'm doing now, lol.

Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.


Thanks alot,i did find it here from the website i normally buy computer components but it's way over my budget.it costs around 3000 INR more (49$ more) so i'd have to go for something cheaper.

Edit

What would you say about this?

http://www.flipkart.com/asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-motherboard/...



That board is alright but it's designed as a micro-ATX form factor for smaller computers. It will still fit in the 400R but the 400R can support a bigger board which would make setting it up easier.

Does the place you're going to buy from sell the MSI 970A-G46 within your budget? That board is better than the G43 and shouldn't be that much more expensive.

If it is still too much, I would strongly suggest saving up to get a board that is known to be reliable. Like you said how the G43 seemed kind of dodgy, you would kind of be taking a gamble on buying a board now.


It is available on the website i'd be ordering it from and it isn't way beyond my budget,i can surely cough out a little more cash for the sake of stability.it seems to be causing problems for people with fx 8xxx cpus and especially with overclockers but neither of them are of any concern to me considering i'l be ordering a fx-6300 and i have no plans whatsoever to overclock (have had a bad experience with my old galaxy s2,so i'd rather not fiddle with things i do not understand for the sake of slight more performance).so would you recommend the g46?
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March 9, 2014 11:44:55 PM

IronNeverLies25 said:
deviantstyles said:
IronNeverLies25 said:
deviantstyles said:
For a solid entry-level board check out the Asus M5A97 R2.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have the first version of the Asus M5A97 and it's solid as a rock and I've heard the 2.0 is even better, particularly in terms of overclocking capabilities.

Just be aware though, if you spend like 25-35$ more for a mid-level board like the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 or Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, they have 2 fast PCIe slots whereas the M5A97 and other entry-level boards only have 1. This would be something to consider if you think you might want to do a SLI or Crossfire setup in the future. They can also get you higher overclock speeds than the entry boards, if you think you may want to overclock in the future.

When I got my M5A97 a while back I had no intentions of overclocking but now I've kind of gotten into it and wished I had spent a little more at the beginning for a better board, which I'm doing now, lol.

Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.


Thanks alot,i did find it here from the website i normally buy computer components but it's way over my budget.it costs around 3000 INR more (49$ more) so i'd have to go for something cheaper.

Edit

What would you say about this?

http://www.flipkart.com/asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-motherboard/...



That board is alright but it's designed as a micro-ATX form factor for smaller computers. It will still fit in the 400R but the 400R can support a bigger board which would make setting it up easier.

Does the place you're going to buy from sell the MSI 970A-G46 within your budget? That board is better than the G43 and shouldn't be that much more expensive.

If it is still too much, I would strongly suggest saving up to get a board that is known to be reliable. Like you said how the G43 seemed kind of dodgy, you would kind of be taking a gamble on buying a board now.


It is available on the website i'd be ordering it from and it isn't way beyond my budget,i can surely cough out a little more cash for the sake of stability.it seems to be causing problems for people with fx 8xxx cpus and especially with overclockers but neither of them are of any concern to me considering i'l be ordering a fx-6300 and i have no plans whatsoever to overclock (have had a bad experience with my old galaxy s2,so i'd rather not fiddle with things i do not understand for the sake of slight more performance).so would you recommend the g46?


Yup, it's a good board.
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March 10, 2014 12:00:06 AM

deviantstyles said:
IronNeverLies25 said:
deviantstyles said:
IronNeverLies25 said:
deviantstyles said:
For a solid entry-level board check out the Asus M5A97 R2.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have the first version of the Asus M5A97 and it's solid as a rock and I've heard the 2.0 is even better, particularly in terms of overclocking capabilities.

Just be aware though, if you spend like 25-35$ more for a mid-level board like the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 or Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, they have 2 fast PCIe slots whereas the M5A97 and other entry-level boards only have 1. This would be something to consider if you think you might want to do a SLI or Crossfire setup in the future. They can also get you higher overclock speeds than the entry boards, if you think you may want to overclock in the future.

When I got my M5A97 a while back I had no intentions of overclocking but now I've kind of gotten into it and wished I had spent a little more at the beginning for a better board, which I'm doing now, lol.

Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.


Thanks alot,i did find it here from the website i normally buy computer components but it's way over my budget.it costs around 3000 INR more (49$ more) so i'd have to go for something cheaper.

Edit

What would you say about this?

http://www.flipkart.com/asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-motherboard/...



That board is alright but it's designed as a micro-ATX form factor for smaller computers. It will still fit in the 400R but the 400R can support a bigger board which would make setting it up easier.

Does the place you're going to buy from sell the MSI 970A-G46 within your budget? That board is better than the G43 and shouldn't be that much more expensive.

If it is still too much, I would strongly suggest saving up to get a board that is known to be reliable. Like you said how the G43 seemed kind of dodgy, you would kind of be taking a gamble on buying a board now.


It is available on the website i'd be ordering it from and it isn't way beyond my budget,i can surely cough out a little more cash for the sake of stability.it seems to be causing problems for people with fx 8xxx cpus and especially with overclockers but neither of them are of any concern to me considering i'l be ordering a fx-6300 and i have no plans whatsoever to overclock (have had a bad experience with my old galaxy s2,so i'd rather not fiddle with things i do not understand for the sake of slight more performance).so would you recommend the g46?


Yup, it's a good board.


Ok :)  thanks a ton.appreciate the help pal.and yeah i'm not from the states (india),computer components are slightly expensive here compared to there.
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