Caught Between Two

I'm looking to get the AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition and I've narrowed it down to two motherboards to get.

The ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard, or the 

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard.

The price difference between the two is about $40 and I'm kinda new to gaming.

I wanted to get fairly decent main components for the build so when I upgrade other parts I won't have to upgrade the motherboard.

I come from running a 6yo laptop with intergrated Intel graphics so really anything is better then what I got.


What do you want to do with the computer. The  M5A99FX would work fine but if your overclocking then the better build quality of the Sabertooth is how i would go. But if you are not overclocking i would just go with the M5A99FX

the sabertooth simply allows for more overclocking potential, not that the pro isn't a good overclocking board

I'll probably do overclocking at some point, just getting my feet wet for now, I will end up gaming with this rig. I don't render a whole lot but I do dabble in a few high physics games, or would like to. 

Honestly, I want to build a computer with good enough core parts that I won't have to deal with upgrading them for quite a few years. As I add GPUs and learn more with overclocking, I don't want to worry about the mother board.

Both boards are great.  the sabertooth has a better power delivery 8+2 powerphase and digi vrm. instead of a 6+2 powerphase and digi vrm on the Asus M5A99FX pro R2.0. The sabertooth is a better overclocker, but the pro does also overclock realy well. the sabertooth does have 2 more usb 3.0 ports, and 1 more sata 3 port.

i would personaly advice to go with the FX8320 cpu by the way, for only a few bucks more. its worth it. About the boards, just pickup the one you like the most both are great.

Grtz Angel ☺

Thanks for the info. I didn't know the FX8320 was that close in price to the FX-6300. When I first looked at the  FX6300 it was only $110, now I mind as well go for the FX8320.

Yes thats a good choice, about the mobo´s like i said both are fine, The only thing i want to mention about the Sabertooth, that it comes with 5 year Asus warrenty, thats maybe something to concider as well.

grtz Angel ☺

Just get the 'tooth.

I assume this rig is primarily for gaming? I'd like to know what GPU you are getting.

If you are getting a relatively high-end card,then go for the Sabertooth.But if you are getting something with lower horsepower,i would advise you to get the PRO and invest the rest on the GPU

Right now I'm sacrificing and getting a lower-end GPU. The rig will be for gaming, but I think a better motherboard would be more beneficial in the long run (in my head anyway).

I'll probably end up getting the Sabertooth; I didn't know it can with a 5 year warranty. I'll most likely be getting into overclocking in the future, so I would think a more rugged motherboard work out better.

Like I said though I'm new, so if my train of thought is off let me know.

This is the GPU I was looking at:


Sorry bud,but that is a budget card. I don't have anything against low end cards but hear me out. You are getting a gaming machine.The gaming performance comes from the GPU.Putting a budget card on a high end motherboard makes no financial sense.The money can either be utilized in a better fashion or be saved.

I'm not criticizing your build.Everyone starts off somewhere.It's just that when you look at the money behind it,we tend to look to optimize the build. The PRO is still a heck of a board.You'll be paying for doodads on the Sabertooth that you might not even use.

I understand wanting to getting better parts at the get-go.It makes sense.

Perhaps you could tell us what you want this rig to achieve?Intending on running multiple GPUs at some point?What resolution will you be gaming at?

Honestly, I don't know about the resolution; at some point I would like to run dual GPUs.

I suppose buying a high-end motherboard and sticking a crap card doesn't make much sense. I was thinking more about adding things in the future, but thinking about it more it would be a ways off before I did any of that.

The PRO might be the better choice for now and but the money saved into a better card. I'm glad I hashed things out here because I know just enough to be dangerous. I did try and do my homework on building a computer, but there's a lot to choose from. 

No worries,mate.1080p?That's full HD. Or something lower than that? How many monitors are you intending on gaming on?

The PRO is a great motherboard.Tell you what,why don't you post the parts you want to use and we'll guide you along the way?

Yes indeed if you have to make offers on a gpu for a more expensive mobo, then its better to grab the Pro because its cheaper, you can trow that money in a better gpu, because wenn it comes to dual gpu setups, both boards offer the same amount of pci-e lanes and configurations.

Thanks for the help guys. I'm heading off to work, when I get back I'll post what I've been thinking so far.

This is what I'm thinking so far:




Case -

Motherboard -




Networking -

I'd like to keep it at or under $800. (Wife "politely" gave me a budget).

Like I said though, I'm new and from the research I've done this is an alright build for my budget; though I could be completely off.

I'll also need a keyboard, I'v got a mouse and an OS; I'd like to run dual screens.

Well i would personaly schwimp out the SSD. and get a better GPU realy. You can allways add one later on.

i made 2 options:


Offcourse in terms of gaming performance the first option is the best one, however, the stock AMD coolers are terrible loud. (own experiance)  so in the other 2 builds i choosed for a aftermarket cooler. you see a SSD does not give me any gaming performance only quicker boot times, you can allways add one later on.

I think the second option could be the most interesting one, R9-270X and GTX760 perform realy close to eachother. And with the new mantle thingy, the 270X gets even better.

Grtz Angel ☺

Great builds by Angel. She tweaked your build slightly to get the maximum performance.

I like the first one the most but you'll get the most performance for your dollar with the second build,in my opinion. You could also look at the R9 270.You get the almost the same performance of the 270x. You can save a few more dollars there.

And like she said,the SSD is more a luxury,really. It's nice to have,but not a necessity. If you are indeed buying from Amazon,use the Tek Syndicate affiliate link.You'll help them out as well.

Wow, I had no clue you could get those parts for the same price point.

Thanks Angel for taking the time to put those together; I'll probably go with option two.

I thought an SSD was an important component when building a gaming rig. I'm kinda glad I came here to bounce ideas around.

Thanks guys for the helpful info.