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Which motherboard will be better for my $600 budget build? The Asus one or the Gigabyte one.

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November 28, 2013 3:49:36 PM

Here is my build:
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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $528.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-28 18:46 EST-0500)

My two options for mobos:
1. [Asus M5A97 LE R2.0]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. [Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 28, 2013 3:58:03 PM

Both are good choices. Because you are on a budget, I would go with the Gigabyte board as you need to change you memory to 1866 Mhz. Both Mother boards require at least 1866 Mhz from what I've seen.
November 28, 2013 3:58:43 PM

I also plan to overclock. Which would be better for overclocking aswell?
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November 29, 2013 4:45:10 AM

They both OC well. Although I use ASUS, I liked what I saw with that Gigabyte board. With the heat sinks and all, it looked to be a much pricier board than it was. It will save you a bit and you wil need it as you need to go with 1866 Mhz memory ( that is with either board ) and that will cost you a bit more.
November 29, 2013 5:47:16 AM

Alright, thanks.
November 29, 2013 8:54:45 AM

coastie65 said:
They both OC well. Although I use ASUS, I liked what I saw with that Gigabyte board. With the heat sinks and all, it looked to be a much pricier board than it was. It will save you a bit and you wil need it as you need to go with 1866 Mhz memory ( that is with either board ) and that will cost you a bit more.


Why does he need to go with 1866 Mhz?
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November 29, 2013 9:12:33 AM

indigo5 said:
coastie65 said:
They both OC well. Although I use ASUS, I liked what I saw with that Gigabyte board. With the heat sinks and all, it looked to be a much pricier board than it was. It will save you a bit and you wil need it as you need to go with 1866 Mhz memory ( that is with either board ) and that will cost you a bit more.


Why does he need to go with 1866 Mhz?


Both Boards list 1866Mhz as the minimul, and one at 2000 Mhz with OC as max and other at 2400 Mhz with OC. Didn't say, but the second could proabably run 2133 Mhz with OC which would probably be a better choice over 2400 Mhz.
November 29, 2013 9:22:46 AM

coastie65 said:
indigo5 said:
coastie65 said:
They both OC well. Although I use ASUS, I liked what I saw with that Gigabyte board. With the heat sinks and all, it looked to be a much pricier board than it was. It will save you a bit and you wil need it as you need to go with 1866 Mhz memory ( that is with either board ) and that will cost you a bit more.


Why does he need to go with 1866 Mhz?


Both Boards list 1866Mhz as the minimul, and one at 2000 Mhz with OC as max and other at 2400 Mhz with OC. Didn't say, but the second could proabably run 2133 Mhz with OC which would probably be a better choice over 2400 Mhz.


Manufacturers specifications;

Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)
(Note 2) To support a DDR3 1866 MHz (and above) memory, you must install an AM3+ CPU first.

Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
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November 29, 2013 10:50:35 AM

indigo5 said:
coastie65 said:
indigo5 said:
coastie65 said:
They both OC well. Although I use ASUS, I liked what I saw with that Gigabyte board. With the heat sinks and all, it looked to be a much pricier board than it was. It will save you a bit and you wil need it as you need to go with 1866 Mhz memory ( that is with either board ) and that will cost you a bit more.


Why does he need to go with 1866 Mhz?


Both Boards list 1866Mhz as the minimul, and one at 2000 Mhz with OC as max and other at 2400 Mhz with OC. Didn't say, but the second could proabably run 2133 Mhz with OC which would probably be a better choice over 2400 Mhz.


Manufacturers specifications;

Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)
(Note 2) To support a DDR3 1866 MHz (and above) memory, you must install an AM3+ CPU first.

Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory


Yeah. I went with what was at the top and didn't take the time to open the detail tab. Didn't think that looked right as it would have been the fiorst time I had seen something like that.
November 29, 2013 11:01:08 AM

The Gigabyte board has an internal USB 3.0 header (for connecting your front panel USB 3.0 ports) where that Asus doesn't. Also the Gigabyte is on sale and is $20 cheaper. It's the Gigabyte for me.
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November 29, 2013 11:25:04 AM

indigo5 said:
The Gigabyte board has an internal USB 3.0 header (for connecting your front panel USB 3.0 ports) where that Asus doesn't. Also the Gigabyte is on sale and is $20 cheaper. It's the Gigabyte for me.


I agree. It has a lot of features I like especially when it comes to the heat sinks. In that respect, it is a little better than the ASUS. My case doesn't have Front 3.0 USB, it is 2.0, but is coming off a 3.0 header and working fine.
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