A new PSU is a given as I've said. This one was always meant to be handed on to the guy who's limping along on the PSU this one replaced. (For $13 based on a test & review of HEC it preforms exactly as well as I expect it to and don't mean to push it) I think this Mobo isn't ideal for OC significantly but I think it should be able to handle 3.6Ghz minimum and I'm working on 3.9. It's does 3.95 with the the BIOS 'SmartOC' stable (Mprime for 4hrs). What it doesn't do is get the RAM right at that so I'm playing with that and educating myself in the meantime. It's something I've tinkered with here and there a few times over the past year but I mean to get serious about it soon.
Because of that PSU however I haven't really wqanted to mess with OC much yet. It's only got a 4-pin for the proc anyway.
I know my guess is as good as anyone's so here's my specualtions:
$80 700w Brand PSU & 6950 w/ Twin Frozer III
Brings me in at just under my budget for the release of Battlefield.
After that I'm thinking of holding out for the 1100T when the bulldozer released which will fit nicely into this board (but probably won't OC much because of the mobo's limitations).
Whenever I can afford the next upgrade it'll be the mobo to OC the 1100 and make room for the bulldozer.
I really want the mobo to be the last thing because even though this one cheap it's still got potential to make it work and it can always hold this 720 again when that gets replaced. If I hold out long enough on the Mobo PCIE3.0 should provide me with max upgradability when it gets slapped into a good mid-range AM3+.
Ignore what I said about your motherboard not being able to take the OC, I thought yours was one of those with 95W CPUs only support, now that I've looked up that yours can take 140W CPUs you will be just fine OC'ing your CPU on that board from the looks of things.
Edited by Am* - 5/9/11 at 7:35am