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AMD AM3+ Mobo Recommendation

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April 10, 2014 11:08:41 AM

I'm looking for a solid quality, good performance AMD AM3+ socket mobo with as much future proofing as possible. I'm not into gaming and don't need ultra high performance video or sound.

I do want lots of USB ports including an on board header that can be extended to USB ports my case's front panel.The more expansion card slots the better.

Reliability is paramount !! I don't want any junk!

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April 10, 2014 11:17:03 AM

What is your budget? Do you need the 970 chipset or 990FX chipset?
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April 10, 2014 11:17:18 AM

My Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 works well and fulfils all your requirements and comes with decent manual. Lots of Youtube videos detailing various builds.
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April 10, 2014 11:45:44 AM

Blaise170 said:
What is your budget? Do you need the 970 chipset or 990FX chipset?


Under $150

What's the difference re 970 vs 99FX chipsets?
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April 10, 2014 11:53:29 AM

Often (forgive the lack of absolute knowledge here - I can only state from my experience), the on-board USB3 headers are not available on 970 (and some 99FX) M/Bs. I initially bought and an 'Extreme3' but sent it back due to the lack of USB3 headers.
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April 10, 2014 12:02:00 PM

The 970 chipset was tailored for AM3 and AM3+. It generally utilizes a 4+1 power phase (not always) which is better tailored for the FX-6xxx series and below. If you are running an FX-8xxx I recommend using the 990FX chipset which is generally exclusive to AM3+. The 990FX chipset generally utilizes an 8+2 power phase (not always). The higher power phase means that the electricity is cleaner which is useful for CPU stability and overclocking. The 990FX chipset also provides support for four-way SLI/Crossfire, though most people will never actually use it.

Good motherboards for under $150:

ASRock 990FX Killer: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-990fxki...
Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD3: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990...
MSI 990FXA-GD65 v2: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-990fxagd65...
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April 10, 2014 12:27:50 PM

I have my doubts about the MSI...GD65 having the on-board headers you wanted in the first post - you need to check the websites for each board mentioned above. Personally, I have heard some bad things about ASRock. Have a look at the MSI...GD80.
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April 21, 2014 1:48:44 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions 'n comments.

Turns out my 2+ year old build crash was due to a failed AMD FX-6100 CPU. I replaced it with an AMD FX-4130 and all is well. No need for a new mobo, for now.

Yes, against the odds, my crash failure was the CPU!
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April 21, 2014 1:52:35 PM

dennise9 said:
Thanks all for the suggestions 'n comments.

Turns out my 2+ year old build crash was due to a failed AMD FX-6100 CPU. I replaced it with an AMD FX-4130 and all is well. No need for a new mobo, for now.

Yes, against the odds, my crash failure was the CPU!


There were many problems with the Bulldozer architecture so it isn't completely unsurprising. Did you try to RMA it? I just RMA'ed my 8320 and they sent me a new 8350 to replace it.
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