I have been looking around for AM3+ motherboard for my PC that is capable of comfortably utilizing FX8350 in the future.
At the moment I have Phenom II 555 BE, OCZ CPU cooler, Radeon 5850, 4GB of DDR3 ram, Sata3 disk drive and TX650 PSU.
I am looking to unlock and overclock current CPU to 4Ghz. I know that it's capable of doing that. After few months I'm going to replace it with 8 core FX chip.
I have suffered from VRM failure on my last motherboard and would like to avoid this problem in the future. I have seen 4+2 phase struggling with FX4100 even at stock clocks and would like to avoid that once I upgrade. I have read bad reviews with cheap-end motherboards having VRM failure of throttling problems with 8 core FX CPU's and this is my major concern.
Unfortunately I have a limited budget. And these are only two motherboards in my budget that look decent.
Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0
UD3P is the only motherboard in my budget to have 8+2 phase, unfortunately there aren't that many reviews about it. Asus looks reasonable and offers 6+2 phase CPU VRM.
I would say these are the best options that I can afford at the moment. Once I upgrade I am going to do a mild overclock and my question is if these are up to the task and which one would you recommend to go for?