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unlocking it does cause it not to read temps right.

When you reseated it without new paste you really messed it up probably with air bubbles and such thats why you are getting such bad temps now.
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I'm curious so I created this poll/thread just now.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/10...620-630-a.html

I disabled the L3 cache via bios and shut down the pc until tomorrow when I'll have some Arctic Silver 5 from Radio Shack.
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http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/94...hy-choose.html

read that to see why we are worried about you overclocking on that motherboard with your cpu unlocked to a 125 watt one.

I would relock it till you get a better motherboard. Right now get the hyper212+(if it will fite in ur case) heatsink and overclock your cpu to 3.5ghz or so and make sure your temperatures dont go above 55 degrees c


As for some thermal paste, if there is a Radio Shack or something around you, go pick up some soon and reseat your stock heatsink for the moment with the new paste.(Just put a rice size grain of paste in the middle of the cpu and clamp the heatsink on it)
So OC'ing it won't make it a 125w proc, but unlocking the L3 cache will ? clarifying, I'm also leaning towards you being correct. I made a poll, link is in the post above this one.
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I've had my question answered via research threads of great detail. Unlocking would be bad, OC is doable, so I have to test. OC wouldn't raise the proc to a 125watt one, but an unlock and/or a combined high OC + unlock likely would and the phase control on this mobo couldn't handle it.

Thanks for the responses everyone.

I'm just going to get the custom cooler and thermal compound, but not worry about the L3 cache, I might dabble in a minor OC though, so we'll see.
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now u got it
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To clarify:

You have a 3+1 Mosfet board. Those black blocks to the left of your CPU, those are your mosfets. There's 4 of them there. 3 for the CPU, 1 for the IMC, thus 3+1. That's usually only enough for a 95w CPU.

You could do an unlock, plus a LIGHT overclock just fine. Somewhere in the realm of 3.2-3.5GHz would be perfectly safe on it. Get some VRM sinks on those mosfets, and that board SHOULD take it just fine. I would not go much over 1.35-1.40v with your overclock plus unlock. Without the unlock, you could go 1.40-1.45v as the most, which I'd rather have the unlock personally.

Yes, overclocking DOES increase your wattage pull as well. Just like the unlock does. If you unlock the L3 cache, that puts you at 125w already. Overclocking the CPU, you could pull as much as 140-160w, from the stock 95w chip. This is why I'm suggesting to keep the overclock somewhat low. 3.2-3.5GHz is cake on these chips, and should be doable with LESS than stock volts, which will keep the TDP down.

You're not going to flat out KILL anything with 60-65*C load temperatures. That was a little bit overblown. But you will find once you overclock, and unlock...that anything over around 55*C will start to cause instabilities. My Athlon would be perfectly stable at 3.75GHz, 1.60v, load temps of 53*C. Once my load temps hit 54*C, Prime would crash. The further you overclock, the LOWER you want those temperatures under load to be.

Again to summarize:
  • You're fine with an unlock plus a SLIGHT overclock (3.2-3.5GHz, using as little vcore as possible).
  • Get some VRM sinks on those mosfets. That'll help a lot.
  • Don't forget about your CPU-NB clocks. I could help bang out a quick and dirty 3.2GHz that should be stable with a nice 2500MHz NB. The NB makes the most impact on how snappy the machine feels, and helps with framerates too.
  • When you put the new cooler on, make sure you clean everything with 92% or higher rubbing alcohol and coffee filters (the coffee filters don't conduct static electricity). Paper towels work when you're in a jam, but I'd rather recommend the filters. Then follow that image I posted on page 2 to apply the grease on your new cooler.
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