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Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 or similar

post #1 of 5
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Hello,

I'm looking at putting together an AMD build built around the PII 955 BE (budget quad setup for gaming). The mobo I was looking at was the GA-970A-D3, however it's only 4+1 phase and has no cooling for the VRM. I only intend to give it a moderate OC, so would this be a problem for me at all?

If so, what other boards would you recommend in a similar price point to the 970A-D3?

P.S. I've looked, and I can't find the UD3 version of this board in New Zealand. Also, the 990FXA-UD3 is around 60% more expensive here, putting it outside of what I want to spend on the mobo.
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post #2 of 5

You need to ensure that VRMs are of good quality (check) and are cooled (not check) for any overclocking purposes.  You can just purchase some aftermarket VRM heatsinks, if you can find them in New Zealand.

post #3 of 5
The mobo will work for overclocking (I'm doing it), but I'd be wary of any extreme overclocks. One can put a heat sink onto the VRM, but at the point, it might be cheaper to get a different mobo that is properly equipped. I haven't added a heat sink, but I'm not really pushing the VRM's boundary with the overclock of my 1055T either. I'm using the same voltages as if I wasn't overclocking, and I did have to set those manually because otherwise this board steps the voltage up when left in auto mode.
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Samsung EVO 840 (x2) LG GH24NS70 Antec Kulher h2o 620 (minus excessively loud lo... AMD 60mm CPU Fan from original heat sink added ... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
2x Noctua NF-S12B 120MM fans 2x Noctua NF-P12 120MM fans (for CPU cooling) Kubuntu Windows 10 
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Samsung SyncMaster 2443 Logitech K740 Corsair Builder Series V2 CX500 Cooler Master Elite 330 
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Question, I've got my case flowing real good now and my temps are down after some case tweaks. Tonight, something just occurred to me on finding heat sources in my computer. From my other hobby, I have a Duratrax Flash point. It's basic a packet thermal gun for taking temps. Point, press, wait a few seconds, release and look. Normally (at least in my case) it's used for reading Nitro methane RC motor's (at least, I do when I'm dialling one in). But none the less, what an excellent tool for checking system temps out. So in my curiousity, I started taking temp's off everything inside to see if there's any further optimisations. My VRM is only running at 47 degree's with the CPU under load. Memory sits at 34 degree's, the RAD for my CPU is only heating to 39 degree's (though that one I'll leave as sketchy since I was shooting through a fan). Now we get to the NB. It's *HOT*, I mean really-really, really *HOT*. Despite it running at the stock freq and voltage, I'm now thinking I have a problem, because I'm showing 79 degree's. And that temp doesn't change when the system returns to idle either - just this huge 79 degree hot spot just below the CPU. That seems awefully high to me - any thoughts - has any one else put there NB under a gun?
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Samsung EVO 840 (x2) LG GH24NS70 Antec Kulher h2o 620 (minus excessively loud lo... AMD 60mm CPU Fan from original heat sink added ... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
2x Noctua NF-S12B 120MM fans 2x Noctua NF-P12 120MM fans (for CPU cooling) Kubuntu Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 2443 Logitech K740 Corsair Builder Series V2 CX500 Cooler Master Elite 330 
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Logitech M500 Internal ST Lab F-330 1394b PCI Firewire card Bytecc Internal Card Reader 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 840 (x2) LG GH24NS70 Antec Kulher h2o 620 (minus excessively loud lo... AMD 60mm CPU Fan from original heat sink added ... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
2x Noctua NF-S12B 120MM fans 2x Noctua NF-P12 120MM fans (for CPU cooling) Kubuntu Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 2443 Logitech K740 Corsair Builder Series V2 CX500 Cooler Master Elite 330 
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Logitech M500 Internal ST Lab F-330 1394b PCI Firewire card Bytecc Internal Card Reader 
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post #5 of 5
Well, I undid my overclock, then let the system cool off overnight and retested this morning. Temp returned to what I was seeing. So I guess I'll just have to accept the fact that the AMD 970 chip is meant to run hot. I don't like it, but I'll live with it. Maybe I'll add toss a small fan on it - I just don't have anything that small, so I guess I'll have to hit the shop later today.
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AMD Phenom II x6 1055T Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 MSI R7 260X OC G.Skill Rip Jaws PC3-12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 840 (x2) LG GH24NS70 Antec Kulher h2o 620 (minus excessively loud lo... AMD 60mm CPU Fan from original heat sink added ... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
2x Noctua NF-S12B 120MM fans 2x Noctua NF-P12 120MM fans (for CPU cooling) Kubuntu Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 2443 Logitech K740 Corsair Builder Series V2 CX500 Cooler Master Elite 330 
MouseAudioOtherOther
Logitech M500 Internal ST Lab F-330 1394b PCI Firewire card Bytecc Internal Card Reader 
Other
Yamaha YST-M40 Multi-media stereo speaker set +... 
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Desky
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x6 1055T Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 MSI R7 260X OC G.Skill Rip Jaws PC3-12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 840 (x2) LG GH24NS70 Antec Kulher h2o 620 (minus excessively loud lo... AMD 60mm CPU Fan from original heat sink added ... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
2x Noctua NF-S12B 120MM fans 2x Noctua NF-P12 120MM fans (for CPU cooling) Kubuntu Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 2443 Logitech K740 Corsair Builder Series V2 CX500 Cooler Master Elite 330 
MouseAudioOtherOther
Logitech M500 Internal ST Lab F-330 1394b PCI Firewire card Bytecc Internal Card Reader 
Other
Yamaha YST-M40 Multi-media stereo speaker set +... 
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