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Reasonably priced Motherboard for AMD FX-8120 CPU?


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#1 Anzomia

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:15 AM

   Hello, I was directed to this forum location by user "Anshad" who helped me with a previous problem regarding my PC having BSOD issues, in a nutshell, he stated I needed a new motherboard. I wanted to know what would be a good motherboard for the AMD FX-8120 CPU. My current motherboard is the Gigabyte M68MT-S2 which can't run the 8120 at full clock speed and so it lowers the clock speed to 2.8Ghz (from a standard 3.1Ghz), which is ridiculous seeing the lack of full potential use from such a powerful CPU not put out due to the Mobo. (Also, overclocking is useless as well as this motherboard can't handle the CPU's power, and even then I'd like to start off overclocking at the correct standard CPU speed). Anyway, I don't have a "set-budget" as per-say, but I wouldn't want to pay anything past $200, if $150 or lower is possible please lets start off there, that'd be greatly appreciated. I know this is a very tech-savvy community and I'm grateful to have stumbled upon it. Anyway, let me know what other information you guys require to further suggest motherboards to me or if not shoot away with your options, THANKS! 

 

Some things to consider to sort of classify my use for this motherboard would be, medium to heavy multimedia use, casual gaming every now and again, probably a lot of multitasking as well as running many resource-heavy editing programs that require rendering (i.e., Photoshop, Sony Vegas, After Effects, Maya). I highly doubt I'll ever consider overclocking so no need to purchase a Mobo that has a lot of room for OCing or specializes in that much. Other than that, as previously stated, please let me know what I else I need to state to further be given suggestions, thanks again.

 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:33 AM

Hi, $150 can get you a pretty rock solid motherboard but do you plan to use Crossfire or SLI? If you do then the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 is a epic board for its price, once you do the rebate that is. If you don't plan to use Crossfire or SLI then the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 would do the trick.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:36 AM

There are two potential motherboards you can get.  Note that these are standard ATX sized motherboards and not micro-ATX which your previous motherboard was.  Make sure your case has enough room for them, also you will need to reinstall Windows after installing these.

 

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 - This is a 970-based motherboard.

 

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX - This is a 990FX board which is similar to the 970 but allows for faster multi-GPU setups and is better able to handle overclocking.


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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:48 PM

Hi, $150 can get you a pretty rock solid motherboard but do you plan to use Crossfire or SLI? If you do then the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 is a epic board for its price, once you do the rebate that is. If you don't plan to use Crossfire or SLI then the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 would do the trick.

Thanks for the quick reply, I highly doubt I'll be using Crossfire in the near future due to money restraint so that should be another cross off the list, though thanks for the recommendation. The Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 seems like a great buy, I mean, I currently have a Gigabyte motherboard anyway so it might just seem like an upgrade. I'll further see once I've put all the available Mobo options together which ones I knockout to single out my final pick.
 

There are two potential motherboards you can get.  Note that these are standard ATX sized motherboards and not micro-ATX which your previous motherboard was.  Make sure your case has enough room for them, also you will need to reinstall Windows after installing these.
 
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 - This is a 970-based motherboard.
 
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX - This is a 990FX board which is similar to the 970 but allows for faster multi-GPU setups and is better able to handle overclocking.

Thanks for the quick reply as well, and also thanks for reminding me about that crucial detail, the ATX size. I have a mid-tower, to be specific, the CoolerMaster HAF 912 which specifies can hold ATX/MATX motherboards; does that do the job? Also, regarding the fact that I have to reinstall Windows after installing any motherboard, how would I go about that? I bought this PC custom pre-built, does that mean I'd have to purchase Windows 7? I have a system repair disc, will that do? Thanks for the further knowledge. Regarding your suggested motherboards, the first one seems great for its price @ $84 but how would it handle when compared to the Sabertooth? I'd like to educate myself with what AMD's Northbridge chipsets 970, 990, 990X, & 990FX are and what differs between them because picking a board just got a bit more complicated for me lol.
 
So far I'm considering the
-Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
-ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970
-ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX
 
Thanks so far for the help and suggestions.

Edited by Anzomia, 21 September 2013 - 01:50 PM.


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:49 AM

I have this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157394 (newer version) and AMD 6100 

 

This motherboard has PCI express  2.0. Newer motherboard have 3.0 

 

Also, regarding the fact that I have to reinstall Windows after installing any motherboard, how would I go about that? I bought this PC custom pre-built, does that mean I'd have to purchase Windows 7?

 

If you have a retail verison of Windows 7 it doesn't matter what motherboard you use just use your same key to activate Windows

 

if you have a OEM version of windows 7 its gets complex meaning its lock to a motherboard. The only way to activate it is by replacing the motherboard with the exact or similar motherboard.


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 11:53 AM

A standard ATX motherboard is 12" x 9" in size, and if that Coolermaster is your case, it should be able to use a standard ATX sized motherboard.  When you compare those two motherboards I suggested, they should offer comparable performance at stock settings.  If you overclock or use multiple GPU's, the 990FX should offer a better experience.  When you look at AMD's chipsets, the 970 is like the foundation where every other 9xx chipset is built on.  The 990FX is like the 970, but allows for faster PCI Express X16 speeds when two or more PCI-E X16 slots are populated with graphics cards.

 

You will need to reinstall Windows 7 due to licensing and stability with a new motherboard.  If you have a full, boxed retail copy of Windows, you can simply move your license to the new motherboard and activate your product key manually.  If you have an OEM or system builder copy, it is tied to the motherboard and the license cannot be transferred, you would need to buy a new copy.


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 11:57 PM

When you compare those two motherboards I suggested, they should offer comparable performance at stock settings.  If you overclock or use multiple GPU's, the 990FX should offer a better experience.  When you look at AMD's chipsets, the 970 is like the foundation where every other 9xx chipset is built on.  The 990FX is like the 970, but allows for faster PCI Express X16 speeds when two or more PCI-E X16 slots are populated with graphics cards.

Thanks so far for the information and guidance, now that I comprehend this a bit more I'd like to know from your standpoint which motherboard you would purchase for a system that is just going to run a single dedicated GPU, will most likely not overclock, and is reasonably priced. I basically just want to upgrade from this mobo due to the fact that it can't handle my CPU, my CPU is literally bottlenecked by my motherboard; my CPU's clock speed is stock 3.1Ghz and this motherboard lowers it to 2.8Ghz, and I won't even think about overclocking just because I'm not interested and don't have experience with it. If you're interested in further detail about how I found out its the motherboard I posted a link on the original post where another generous BP member helped me figure out its my MoBo.

 

So yeah, I'd like to fully enjoy my CPU at its standard clock speed without any fuss, so if you know of any ideal motherboards from the ones previously stated that you would highly recommend based off what I'm looking for it'd be greatly appreciated. Again, my CPU is the FX-8120, my GPU is an AMD Radeon 6870 and I highly doubt I'll Crossfire any time soon. I'll probably think about overclocking in the near future but that'll be another day, for now I'm just trying to find a stable motherboard to run everything how its suppose to.

 

Edit: I also forgot, I'd like a motherboard that can handle at least 16GB of RAM @ 1866Mhz. Thanks to everyone who has suggested so far, I haven't forgotten any of your suggestions and have considered all of them, just don't know which to pick.


Edited by Anzomia, 23 September 2013 - 11:57 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:23 AM

The ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 I suggested would be best in that use case.  The 990FX would be a bit of an overkill if you are aren't using Crossfire/SLI or doing any overclocking.


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