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I'm putting together an AMD rig, and am trying to get the best bang for my buck. Here's the plan:

Phenomâ„¢ II X4 965 Black Edition is my processor, IF one of the combo mobos at my local microcenter will safely overclock. I am an inexperienced overclocker, so I'm looking for a board that'll do it safely-- not something I'll more than likely botch.

Anyway, here's the list of mobo's, link at the bottom:

-Biostar A780L3G AM3 760G mATX
-MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+MATX
-ASUS M4N68T-M V2 Socket AM3 630a mATX
-Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 760G mATX
-ASUS M4A78LT-M LE Socket AM3 AMD 780L mATX
-MSI 785GT-E63 Socket AM2+ 785G ATX

http://tinyurl.com/3snxu6x

Basically, I'm only willing to consider the motherboards in the free category, or the +$9.99. Anything higher, and I'm moving down to an Athlon II X3 450. Thoughts?
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i wouldn't want to OC on any of those boards.
http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/94...hy-choose.html

mATX boards generally don't have sufficient enough phases for good (or safe) OC'ing.
I'm guessing you have an mATX case?
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ASUS M4N68T-M V2 Socket AM3 630a mATX

Those are all great boards. The one I listed is my choice if I were you. :]
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I actually haven't committed to any particular case, since I wanted to make sure my mobo/cpu choice would fit. Thanks for the article though, I actually haven't seen that! It makes me quite scared to even attempt to overclock... o.o

It's interesting that you both have... well, opposite opinions. :x Damn overclocking and its subjectiveness.
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I actually haven't committed to any particular case, since I wanted to make sure my mobo/cpu choice would fit. Thanks for the article though, I actually haven't seen that! It makes me quite scared to even attempt to overclock... o.o

It's interesting that you both have... well, opposite opinions. :x Damn overclocking and its subjectiveness.
I think this paragraph pretty much sums it up:

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A lot of people complain that their boards are rated 125W-140W and it's still safe to run that processor on that board. Not that you should take these ratings with a grain of salt, but you should be reminded that these ratings are performed at stock speed...When you overclock (usually with a tower cooler), you're then exceeding these limits, which may bring additional heat and instability into the VRMs (fixable with MOSFET heatsinks).
Sure you can get one of those boards and run a 125W 965 on it just fine. Once you start overclocking, those VRMs might not be able to handle that. And remember, this is an 'if'. It might not happen, but you are a higher risk. It's the user's choice to take that risk.
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So, basically, I'm safe if I don't try to OC. In which case they'd be good deals.
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So, basically, I'm safe if I don't try to OC. In which case they'd be good deals.
yes, it should be okay then
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