Originally Posted by xd_1771
Myself i would work on undervolting.
This board has a ~~~ish low quality VRM design, it shouldn't be used for pushing 125W processors too far as there have been a few known issues. You may wish to look into another board. The 212+ removing all VRM cooling makes your situation more risky by the way.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, look at the link in my sig (About VRMs & MOSFETs). You need at minimum for most cases a quality 4+1 phase (quality transistors & components) with cooling to safely push 125W processors further than stock speed. 4+1 phase boards with low quality components often have an actual failure record, that's where the bar should be set.
Just found my board
GA-MA785G(P)MT-UD2H/US2H 4+1 No 125W Yes 3 transistors
crap. Oh well, I suppose this ends my overclocking on this motherboard for now until i can afford a better one, or until i get enough money to upgrade to my 2500k intel rig, then i can just carry over the 212+ to that rig.
xd_1771, what about getting my ram timings correct, is that affected by the 4+1 phase? I have no intention on overclocking the ram as these heatsinks are not appropriate for anything higher than 1600.