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How to and Which Motherboard to select?

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April 19, 2014 3:58:51 PM

Hey,
I am planning to build my PC a month from now. I've done my research on a lot of parts and understand them quite well. However, I've been stuck on the motherboard. Looking through reviews of MSI, Gigabyte, and ASUS mobos, there seems to be a large amount of DOA's, malfunctions, heating issues, etc. I'm just wondering why this is - simply the nature of mobos? More importantly, I'm really looking for suggestions of motherboards I can look into.
Here is the planned build for reference:

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866
Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 4GB
Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower

Thanks for all the help =D

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a c 151 V Motherboard
April 19, 2014 4:06:01 PM

Most reviews are posted by people that have had bad experiences, there arent as many people who have greats boards posing.

As for the board, I recommend ASUS, and for your CPU, the ASUS M5A99/M5A97 or similar.
a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2014 4:11:10 PM

ASUS makes the best motherboards when talking about reliability, and stability. There are 3 choices for you, I would get the most expensive (it's not expensive for what it offers):

1. ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (Newegg)

2. ASUS M5A99X Evo R2.0 (NCIX)

3. ASUS M5A99FX PRO 2.0 BEST (SuperBiiz)

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April 19, 2014 4:11:47 PM

Gam3r01 said:
Most reviews are posted by people that have had bad experiences, there arent as many people who have greats boards posing.

As for the board, I recommend ASUS, and for your CPU, the ASUS M5A99/M5A97 or similar.


Thanks for the info. Does the mobo affect the video card/ RAM that much? Sorry I'm new to this process.
a c 151 V Motherboard
April 19, 2014 4:13:01 PM

Not really, as long as its PCIe x16 2.0 or newer all mainstream cards will work, and the motherboard specifies what ram it can support (which is almost all ram)
a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2014 4:14:14 PM

grapes123 said:
Gam3r01 said:
Most reviews are posted by people that have had bad experiences, there arent as many people who have greats boards posing.

As for the board, I recommend ASUS, and for your CPU, the ASUS M5A99/M5A97 or similar.


Thanks for the info. Does the mobo affect the video card/ RAM that much? Sorry I'm new to this process.

It affects RAM depending on what speed the motherboard supports and the RAM's speed. Example: A RAM stick @ 1866Mhz in a motherboard that only supports up to 1600Mhz, will either run at the supported speed, run unstable, or not run at all.

April 19, 2014 4:49:02 PM

TechCIDLC said:
ASUS makes the best motherboards when talking about reliability, and stability. There are 3 choices for you, I would get the most expensive (it's not expensive for what it offers):

1. ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (Newegg)

2. ASUS M5A99X Evo R2.0 (NCIX)

3. ASUS M5A99FX PRO 2.0 BEST (SuperBiiz)



Thanks for the suggestions. May I ask why you recommend the Pro R2.0? I'm probably not going to Crossfire so is it necessary to dish out an additionally $30 for on a motherboard? (My budget is around $900 and with the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0, I'm hitting $939).

a b V Motherboard
April 19, 2014 5:42:47 PM

grapes123 said:
TechCIDLC said:
ASUS makes the best motherboards when talking about reliability, and stability. There are 3 choices for you, I would get the most expensive (it's not expensive for what it offers):

1. ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (Newegg)

2. ASUS M5A99X Evo R2.0 (NCIX)

3. ASUS M5A99FX PRO 2.0 BEST (SuperBiiz)



Thanks for the suggestions. May I ask why you recommend the Pro R2.0? I'm probably not going to Crossfire so is it necessary to dish out an additionally $30 for on a motherboard? (My budget is around $900 and with the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0, I'm hitting $939).

Well if you're not going to CrossFire, then go for the M5A99X EVO R2.0.

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