Cheap 8+2 Phase Motherboard with SLI Support

Hello guys. I am about to build a custom computer, but I only have a $600 budget. I want to make a computer that is cheap now but can be upgraded later. I need a good motherboard now so that I don't have to buy another one when I want to upgrade my parts later.

Here's what I am looking for:

I have found the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (, but it's a little pricey. There is also the MSI 970 GAMING ( but I can't find out definitively what power phase it has. Some say 4+2, some 6+2, and some 8+2.

I know I'm asking alot but if there is a cheaper motherboard I really need to find it.
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  1. The Asus board looks good, but other would there be many advantages to it over the MSI or Gigabyte? The MSI GD-65 is the cheapest so far, thanks for the power phase info on that.

    Would the 6+2 phase be acceptable for overclocking? Is a 8+2 a huge difference than a 6+2?
  2. Best answer
    6+2 and DUAL card support. :D

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $89.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-31 11:18 EDT-0400

  3. I like the MSI above alot. The only question I have now is, should I spend extra money for a 8+2 phase or is the 8 phase acceptable for overclocking? Obviously I won't be doing hardcore overclocks on a $600 pc, maybe half a ghz at most.
  4. The MSI is brand new and has a 6+2 power phase design and a good thermal design.

    Look at that board above very nice.
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