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Howdy.

I'm building the budgetest of budget builds for both my mother and brother, and have been eying the BIOSTAR TA880GU3+ for a while now. It's going on sale later today on Newegg, and I was all set to buy 2, but reading through overclock.net has me concerned.

I've got a 720BE x3 PII and a 440 x3 AII for cpu's, and was planning to see if I could get them to unlock, or barring that, overclock them a bit . A couple hundred MHz, maybe 500 max. This seems to be a bad idea with 3+1 VRM's? And Biostar's claim that it can handle 125W cpu's isn't exactly true, or isn't really when it comes to unlocked cpu's?

Also, I get the impression an overclock is a better performance boost than unlocking -- that holds true for gaming with a multi-core capable game?

I saw this link, and that is a cost I'm willing to take on, but I couldn't locate the tape mentioned for an adhesive.

I have really got to get started on work now, and won't have a lot of time today for research, so I am appealing to all you lovely people for some advice.

Thanks in advance for any help!
    
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Also, I learned in this thread that 800 series chipset boards do not have AMD's own unlocking prog and are therefore not entirely stable. I was wondering if anyone owned this board and had problems getting the unlocked cpu to boot with all cores?

Also *bump*. (I hope I am allowed to double post for a bump.)
    
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the mos-C1 come with adhesive tape. However, it looks to me that it already has a heatsink installed:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=TA880GU3%2b

ACC is not a feature of the 800 series chipsets, but most manufacturers have implemented their own unlocking features into their boards.

Newer biostar boards are generally pretty solid, so i would say you are fine.
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Pardon me for interrupting, but if you get:
ASUS M4A88T-M - $70 + ~$7 shipping after code DEALMONGO
Microcool MOSFET heatsink - 10 for $7.50 + $2 shipping USPS first class
$86.50 total

You get a better deal than the Biostar board, bar the rebate (which is $80 + $8 shipping) and better VRM setup
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the mos-C1 come with adhesive tape. However, it looks to me that it already has a heatsink installed:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=TA880GU3%2b
Oh, is that what those fins to the left of the socket are?

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Pardon me for interrupting, but if you get:
ASUS M4A88T-M - $70 + ~$7 shipping after code DEALMONGO
Microcool MOSFET heatsink - 10 for $7.50 + $2 shipping USPS first class
$86.50 total

You get a better deal than the Biostar board, bar the rebate (which is $80 + $8 shipping) and better VRM setup
Newegg is putting the BIOSTAR TA880GU3+ up as a shellshocker at 3 pm pst for $70+rebate, and shipping at $7.50-ish, whereas Superbiiz appears to charge $8.50 for the location I'll be sending these.

Is trading the USB3/SATAIII worth the better VRM setup?

I don't know if this information is pertinent, but I'm picky about case cooling. Both of these builds will have excellent cooling,including from the top of the case.

ETA: Thanks so much, XD, for posting. I was hoping to get your input.
    
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^ That would be up to you. USB3/SATAIII is something that is not used by everyone. I have a SATAIII motherboard but the SATAIII has been redundant so far as I have no SATAIII devices. Anything under a very high end SSD won't make use of the extra bandwidth with SATAIII. I have no USB3 devices either and they are not that common yet.
The TA880GU3+ will probably handle the x3s as x4s fine as Biostar VRMs normally use higher amperage rated transistors (hence ability to run more current through them than most other boards), but I wouldn't trust it at high voltages. Ideally for unlocking and overclocking a quality 4+1 setup is warranted.

If you don't need the integrated graphics the TA870U3+ is a better deal.
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/17/11 at 1:30pm
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^ That would be up to you. USB3/SATAIII is something that is not used by everyone. I have a SATAIII motherboard but the SATAIII has been redundant so far as I have no SATAIII devices. Anything under a very high end SSD won't make use of the extra bandwidth with SATAIII. I have no USB3 devices either and they are not that common yet.
True. Those would benefit my brother more than my mother, since he's probably going to be willing to upgrade piece-meal in the future.

I guess a more pointed question would be whether or not there's a good chance I'll start a fire if I try to unlock or OC one of the cpu's on this board.
    
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True. Those would benefit my brother more than my mother, since he's probably going to be willing to upgrade piece-meal in the future.

I guess a more pointed question would be whether or not there's a good chance I'll start a fire if I try to unlock or OC one of the cpu's on this board.
Every single biostar boards, as far back as my Brisbane 3600+ X2 chip have been solid, and have handled more than safe limits while I OC'd them. Fire? 99% unlikely. The most important part would be to make sure everything on your board stays cool, so an upgraded CPU cooler/MAYBE those mosfet coolers would be a good thing.
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I've been eying this newegg deal too. I plan to use it with a X4 840, and only light OC if possible (in a Silverstone SG-02 case), should be ok for that right?
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The most important part would be to make sure everything on your board stays cool, so an upgraded CPU cooler/MAYBE those mosfet coolers would be a good thing.
I *think* that the mosfets/vrm's (?) that need to be kept cool are already sitting under a heatsink, where the fins are to the left of the socket?
    
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