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FX 8320 with 970 or 990FX chipset?

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February 22, 2013 2:01:24 AM

Building a gaming PC with an FX 8320. I have 2 choices-

1. I go for the Biostar 990FX motherboard with an HD 7850 1GB

2. I go for the 970 MSI motherboard with an HD 7870 2GB

I do plan to overclock, but I DO NOT plan on crossfiring or SLI .

I heard bad things about the 970 chipsets with the FX 8320. Only reason I'm getting an 8320 is to overclock it to the 8350 clock speed.

Which setup would be better? Maybe could you recommend me a different setup? (I'm open to intel also).

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February 22, 2013 2:48:57 AM

The performance of 970 and 990 is identical

The only difference is the option to crossfire with a 990FX at 16x/ 16x or crossfire at 8x/8x with 990X

But the MSI G46 motherboard is suspect . It replaced the G45 that caught fire and burned a few times .........

IMO buy an ASUS M5A97 which is the best of the 970 boards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or buy an Asrock 970 extreme4 which actually has a 990X chipset in it . Its not as good quality as the ASUS but its better than the MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 22, 2013 3:10:42 AM

djangoringo said:
If you plan to overclock get the GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has 8 power phases.
Or this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Power phases are a little over rated even for overclockers IMO
Im using the Asrock 970 extreme 4 with 4 +1 phases and can easily get 4.6Ghz . I havent tried any higher because the cpu fans start getting noticeable and I prefer silence

The gigabyte you mention is a good board . Lacks a UEFI BIOS and good heatsinks on the VRMs , and the digital voltage controller of the ASUS
http://www.overclock.net/t/1144067/amd-990x-970-am3-mot...
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February 22, 2013 3:19:33 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Power phases are a little over rated even for overclockers IMO
Im using the Asrock 970 extreme 4 with 4 +1 phases and can easily get 4.6Ghz . I havent tried any higher because the cpu fans start getting noticeable and I prefer silence

The gigabyte you mention is a good board . Lacks a UEFI BIOS and good heatsinks on the VRMs , and the digital voltage controller of the ASUS
http://www.overclock.net/t/1144067/amd-990x-970-am3-mot...


Do you have a Piledriver CPU?
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February 22, 2013 3:27:49 AM

The gigabyte board is now shipped with uefi bios with the Rev 3.0, it has good heatsinks on the vrm.
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February 22, 2013 3:30:15 AM

The ASUS M5A97 r2.0 has a 4+2 power phase (it's $95 also). Should I get it?
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February 22, 2013 3:32:01 AM

I'm agree with most poster above. 7870 will big improve from 7850, 990 and 970 not that much different
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February 22, 2013 3:33:01 AM

It's a good board, i'd get the asus, but the gigabyte board is also a good option, since it's now shipped with the latest revision with uefi bios and with more features, with the same power phases as the high end boards.
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February 22, 2013 3:43:38 AM

markus843 said:
Do you have a Piledriver CPU?



Yes Im using an FX 6300
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February 22, 2013 3:46:04 AM

djangoringo said:
The gigabyte board is now shipped with uefi bios with the Rev 3.0, it has good heatsinks on the vrm.


You probably should have posted a link to that one then to avoid confusion
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February 22, 2013 3:52:46 AM

I'm going for the Asus board. On newegg, over 60% of the most recent replies for the Gigabyte boards are 1 star out of 5... Maybe gigabyte is selling open boxes or somethin..
Asus it is.
Thx guys
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February 22, 2013 4:05:45 AM

You should take newegg reviews with a grain of salt, most of them are to report doa, some users don't even know if the problems are from the component in question, if you check all the boards, all will have negative reviews.
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