(First post on this forum, but I'm a long time lurker)
I've been recently considering overclocking my processor, however I'm not sure if my motherboard will be OK for this. My spec:
DFI Lan Party 790FXB-M2RSH, Phenom 965BE,
2x Sapphire 5750, 4GB G.Skill DDR2-800, 500gb WD,
CM 212+, TX650w, NZXT M59
I'm ready to begin, but I'm kind of worried about the VRM/Mofset (or whatever it's called) portion of the motherboard. It's 4+1 phase and the little black boxes next to the heatsink are very much hot to the touch. Not too hot to touch, but hot enough that I wouldn't want to keep my finger on one for more than a few seconds.
I've not got any fans blowing at them. Hopefully this picture explains better:
(The black boxes circled are hot to the touch. The Mofsets obviously have a heatsink on them.)
I'm assuming/have heard that those little black boxes are pretty much part of the whole VRM system. I want to make sure that, heat wise, this is going to be ok with a moderate overclock. I haven't really got the cash to replace the motherboard if something blows up. Besides, it needs to last another couple of years at the very minimum - the system will likely be re purposed after I replace it.
Another question which is semi related - I've heard that, if you have 8 pins on the cpu power connector, you should plug both plugs in. I only have the top one plugged in as the cable does not reach. Does this affect overclock stability much or at all?
Thanks in advance and I hope this isn't too much of a stupid question.