Good motherboard that goes with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

Hi guys,

I need your opinion on the following build. I'm planning to build a low budget gaming pc and I was wondering if the following motherboard would be good with my Amd phenom II x4 965 BE:

ASUS M5A99X Evo R2.0 ATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 990X

I picked that one because it supports front usb 3.0 for my case. Is this a good motherboard?
I'm just a casual gamer so playing at medium at 1920 x 1080p is what i'm aiming for.

Here's my PC's configuration:

- AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

- Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower

- ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+

- Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650-M 650W Power Supply

- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

- Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

Total cost after tax: $623.21 CAD

* missing video card (RMA my radeon 6870) should I get the same card or another?

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  1. looks fine
  2. try to get a 990fx motherboard, u can get the AsRock 990fx extreme 3 for around $110 and right now the MSI 990fx gd80v2 for $150
    but yes the 990x asus should be a good board, would be my solution around $100
  3. Best answer
    That is a good board, I honestly wouldn't worry about an FX chipset vs the X. The difference is better performance from running dual video cards in Crossfire/SLi. Generally a single, stronger video card is a better solution than 2 lesser cards in crossfire/sli anyway.

    Eh, the 6870 isn't a bad video card, in fact is a great card for its price, but its not really the best if you're shooting for 1080p gaming, I'd use it for awhile til you can buy a single, stronger card (under the logic I just presented on dual cards). Single video card setups tend to have less problems, and use less electricity. I'd shoot for something like a 7870 or a GTX 660 TI in the future.

    Asrock has some decent motherboards, but they seem to be priced much higher in Canada than the US.. My suspicion is that Asrock doesn't have as good of a distribution market in Canada, so the added cost is all in shipping to merchants like newegg.
  4. Best answer selected by trance21.
  5. @all: thanks guys, really appreciated your advices.
    @ Lazyboy: I thought about going for the FX but im not planning on running dual video cards.
    @nekulturny: I think I will stick with that board as it has 2x usb 3.0 on board for front usb 3.0 connectivity. Is it just me or there doesn't seem to have a lot of boards with onboard usb 3.0. And also i will stick with the radeon 6870 for the moment and might upgrade to 7870 later on.
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