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Which MOBO best for OC'ing FX8350 to 5 ghz on Budget! Sabertooth R2 OR others?

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April 17, 2013 7:12:45 AM

Hi, I got the FX8350 cpu as a birthday present to add to my computer I built about 5 mos ago with the fx6200. Originally I had planned to simply drop in the cpu into the existing mobo and be done with it. However, surprisingly I found out that the current mobo I am using doesn't even support the Fx6200, let alone the 8350 (i have no idea how its working) so I need to get a new motherboard so I can put in the 8350. I want to overclock it to (hopefully) 5 ghZ. I also got a h60 water cooler for my bday as well :)  so cooling shouldn't be a problem. I want to install it today and Fry's only has these available. WHich one would be best and also least expensive option for overclocking?
Frys has these:
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 AMD Motherboard - 179$
MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2- 149$ after mail in rebate
ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 - 139$
MSI 990FXA-GD80- 70$ after mail in rebate
ASUS M5A97 - 99$

My current Rig was
FX6200, EVGA GTX 660ti, 8 gb ram, 750 w psu.

Thanks so much guys!
a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 216 V Motherboard
April 17, 2013 8:29:28 AM

How will you cool it? Heat will be a much greater issue than the motherboard which also needs to be very good quality.

You should read http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1777... and other threads as overclocking it to 5 GHz will be very challenging.
April 17, 2013 8:43:40 AM

GhislainG said:
How will you cool it? Heat will be a much greater issue than the motherboard which also needs to be very good quality.

You should read http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1777... and other threads as overclocking it to 5 GHz will be very challenging.


Hi, I have a H60i to cool it down. Would that do? How about 4.8-.9? Which mobo would be best?
a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 216 V Motherboard
April 17, 2013 9:18:10 AM

Testing shows that it provides no benefits over a good air cooler. It's fine if you expect to reach 4.4 GHz or less, but you need a much better cooler to reach 5 GHz. When using water cooling, you may also need to improve VRM cooling if they get too hot (they probably will unless you buy a motherboard that already has quality VRM coolers).
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