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Will I frie my mobo with this OC?

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Hi all,

I recently build a budget gaming rig. (specs below)

I OCed the cpu to 3.8 ghz and the nb to 2.6 ghz and it seems stable in prime95.

Now the deal with my mobo is that it has 4+1 Phase Power with no VRM cooler/heatsink and is designed to handle cpu's up to 125W. (I have AMD Phenom II 965BE c3)



Now.. this OC seems stable but maybe im destroying my mobo with it? How can I check this? Is there any way to monitor the VRM area temps?

Thanx on advantage
Edited by Berke53 - 10/6/11 at 1:06pm
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I have run some high overclocks on a micro h55 board with no vrm heatsinks, but the risk is always there. As far as i know there is no way to test the temps of the vrms through software.
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I have run some high overclocks on a micro h55 board with no vrm heatsinks, but the risk is always there. As far as i know there is no way to test the temps of the vrms through software.
Damn.. well i guess i have to take the risk.

Anyway I have another question. I have to increase my ram voltage from the stock 1.65V to 1.70V to run stable.

1.65V is still high in my opinion. Still safe with 1.7V?
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Because this 4+1 phase VRM system is of visibly low quality (only a single transistor per phase - there are two transistors, but one of them acts as a driver) I would not consider it very safe to overclock. You're taking a particularly big risk to begin with, with the VRMs not cooled; however due to the lower quality you are elevating that risk. A quality 4+1 phase system should be capable of handling 140W CPUs and more wattage, provided a proper cooling system.
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to answer your ram question, yes 1.7v is safe.
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Because this 4+1 phase VRM system is of visibly low quality (only a single transistor per phase - there are two transistors, but one of them acts as a driver) I would not consider it very safe to overclock. You're taking a particularly big risk to begin with, with the VRMs not cooled; however due to the lower quality you are elevating that risk. A quality 4+1 phase system should be capable of handling 140W CPUs and more wattage, provided a proper cooling system.
What do you suggest I do now?

Just reset settings to stock?
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post #7 of 8
Look into getting a new motherboard that has higher quality transistors (in more amount) for overclocking. A 4+1 phase count can be fine as long as the setup is of good quality. The motherboard should be fine for running that CPU at stock though, WITH the stock cooler (as all motherboards are TDP rated with the stock cooler and TDP ratings usually do not ever take into account overclocking). The CNPS11x denies any cooling to the VRMs which significantly worsens the safety.
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Look into getting a new motherboard that has higher quality transistors (in more amount) for overclocking. A 4+1 phase count can be fine as long as the setup is of good quality. The motherboard should be fine for running that CPU at stock though, WITH the stock cooler (as all motherboards are TDP rated with the stock cooler and TDP ratings usually do not ever take into account overclocking). The CNPS11x denies any cooling to the VRMs which significantly worsens the safety.
Damn.. I just spent my saved money on a 24inch led monitor... I'll have to restart saving money...

Do you have any idea how long my mobo wil survive? Just a rough estimation?

And also can u maybe recommend me a good price/kwality mobo with nice overclocking capabilities? I'm still studying so im always strapped for cash. Or is it maybe possible to just install an aftermarket heatsink on the VRM area? if that is possible with my board at least..
Edited by Berke53 - 10/6/11 at 11:50pm
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