Originally Posted by mogg
what is the 4+1?
also for the components, I am looking at this place :
kinda similar to your egg site i think
also, i was warned off from asus, as being a bit touch and go when you get one...
though of course this might have changed since
Asus M4A88T-M 880G Socket AM3 Onboard Graphics 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard deal, with Kingston Ddr3 2gb 1333mhz/pc3-10666 Memory Non-ecc Cl9 Â£67.70
and this really is my limit here
thanks for looking and appreciate all of your help...
this has been kinda fun
4+1 is the power phase- the configuration of the votage regulation module, that processes the 12v current from your PSU before sending it to the CPU.
4 phases for the CPU + 1 phase for the memory controller.
The more phases you have, the more stable your system.
High overclocks on low-phase mobos with low quality MOSFETs can cause fire (like real fire).
3+1 is the lowest I've seen on AM3 mobo.
4+1 are the majority or low-class AM3 mobos, the quality ones (Asus, Gb) support up to 125W CPU.
The low quality ones (some MSI and some others I don't know of), even though they say 125W, will explode on 125W load.
8+1 are mid to high-end mobos, that support 140W+.
You can find the phases of your mobo by counting the chokes (1cm black cubes) right to the left of the socket. 4 chokes = 3+1, 5 chokes = 4+1, 9 chokes = 8+1 etc.
Mind, the higher the OC, the more power the CPU consumes.
You can use Power Supply Calculator to find out how much exactly power your overclock consumes.Edited by ronnin426850 - 5/9/11 at 2:03am