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What Is A Good Gaming Motherboard That Is Between 70-130 Dollars?

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April 29, 2013 8:40:45 PM

I need a motherboard for this setup and it needs to be between 70-130 dollars.

Power Supply: CORSAIR CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($69.99)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL ($62.99)

CPU: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX ($174.99)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card ($249.99)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-W1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($69.99)

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($74.99)

Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor ($134.99)
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April 29, 2013 11:09:26 PM

Hi,
Here are some suggestions

1. Gigabyte GA-990FX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. MSI 990FXA-GD65V2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In that order. The gigabyte will be the best for a stable OC and easiest too. The Asus is a close match but a little less value for money as for $134, you will get a Asus Pro R 2.0 which is much better. The MSI is also good, offers two PCIE slots rather than 3 that other boards have (that's just nit picking) but most importantly will be the hardest to OC considering that it is understood to not have that great a UEFI BIOS but then it might have been fixed with the latest versions.

Go for the Gigabyte.

all the best
-Satyam
May 1, 2013 12:16:51 PM

Only one answer :(  Anyway, despite some bad reviews about trouble OCing I went with the GA-990FX because two others recommended that as well.
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May 1, 2013 5:30:57 PM

satyamdubey said:
Hi,
Here are some suggestions

1. Gigabyte GA-990FX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. MSI 990FXA-GD65V2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In that order. The gigabyte will be the best for a stable OC and easiest too. The Asus is a close match but a little less value for money as for $134, you will get a Asus Pro R 2.0 which is much better. The MSI is also good, offers two PCIE slots rather than 3 that other boards have (that's just nit picking) but most importantly will be the hardest to OC considering that it is understood to not have that great a UEFI BIOS but then it might have been fixed with the latest versions.

Go for the Gigabyte.

all the best
-Satyam

Are you sure that the gigabyte motherboard is compatible with the case I have? Because I ordered both, and I'm looking at them, and the motherboard looks about an inch wider than the case.
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May 1, 2013 9:26:30 PM

they are both ATX, will fit without a doubt.

Take all the reviews you find with a grain of salt. Especially newegg ones. A lot of reviews would be dated and latest BIOS releases and newer board revisions may have resolved certain issues. There are several things to factor into how much you can OC your system. Cooling, psu and the cpu itself. 4.7-4.8 should not be difficult.

May 1, 2013 10:11:39 PM

But I'm looking at dimensions and motherboard is 12" x 9.6" and case is 20.94" x 8.46" x 20.31"
May 1, 2013 10:25:12 PM

Ok. I almost had a heart attack there.
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May 1, 2013 10:34:33 PM

Chill man...you've got a kick-ass build there. A very capable cpu and a a good gaming card. The only thing that i'd add later is a good cpu cooler. All in all your build is very balanced. Most people overdo the psu and there's nothing wrong in being safe but i've seen builds like yours with 800+ Watt PSUs when your total system power draw would likely be within 400W(and I might be even too liberal here) with an OC'ed cpu and a boosted card.
May 2, 2013 12:57:57 AM

I don't plan on OCing until I've researched it and recovered from the 1k cash I spent enough to buy a better PSU and cooler.
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