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Compare M5A97 R2.0 vs. M5A97 LE R2.0 vs. GA-970A-D3 vs. GA-970A-UD3

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February 19, 2013 8:21:48 PM

I'm trying to build a decent gaming rig on a budget. I'm planning on a Phenom II x4 965, and 2x4GB RAM (1600) along with a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB. I've narrowed down my search to four different motherboards, all running an AMD 970 chipset and with very similar components. Which of these four motherboards will give me the best performance with my selected CPU, GPU, and RAM, and why?

Motherboards:
ASUS M5A97 R2.0
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M5A97_R20/


ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M5A97_LE_R20/


GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...


GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...


NOTE: The GA-970A-UD3 is only $95 on Newegg, just posting the TG link for continuity.

Components:
CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4 GHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM - CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 20, 2013 7:18:55 PM

Will my CPU choice bottleneck the system on all of these motherboards? I'm rather new to the world of hardware, I apologize if I come off as rude. Which of these motherboards will handle an overclocked CPU and GPU the best?
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