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math, check these out and see if available locally. . .

just do not oc too high . . .

AM3 140W TPD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657

AM3+ 140W TPD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131758

use these to cool mosfets

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708012
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Mathisus dose the M4N75TD motherboard fit in your case?
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Mathisus dose the M4N75TD motherboard fit in your case?

No, it doesnt, my case is microATX.


This is the board i have now
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186215
And on the way to replacing it.

Rdr09, of the two boards the first one looks good but is still a little high in price. (UK has 20% tax, which bumps the price)
Would the heatsinks work on a m5a78l-m/usb3?
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No, it doesnt, my case is microATX.
This is the board i have now
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186215
And on the way to replacing it.
Rdr09, of the two boards the first one looks good but is still a little high in price. (UK has 20% tax, which bumps the price)
Would the heatsinks work on a m5a78l-m/usb3?

absolutely. you keep the 960 locked and oc it all the way to 4 and that board should handle it just fine. keep good air flow going.

EDIT: 4 GHz or below with any of those chips - you don't need those heat sinks. just put a dedicated fan over them or something. NOW, if you feel like unlocking the 960 (if you pick this), then heat sinks will help.
Edited by rdr09 - 3/30/12 at 6:14am
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Bonus, that's the answer I was kinda looking for...

Ill be keeping the 960t locked to a quad. And only going to 3.4ghz ish with stock cooling.

Ill just set both side case fans on intake and the rear on exhaust.

Problem solved.....?
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Bonus, that's the answer I was kinda looking for...
Ill be keeping the 960t locked to a quad. And only going to 3.4ghz ish with stock cooling.
Ill just set both side case fans on intake and the rear on exhaust.
Problem solved.....?

you can try unlocking at stock and have cool and quiet enabled. it goes all the way down to 77w. wait . . .hmmm . . .i think 107w - same as when it is locked.

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Ok, sorry for a late update, in in the UK.
Tbh the 2extra cores on the 960t is nice but i wont attempt the unlock.
I'm not wanting to squeeze the 960t to its max, but just bump it to 3.4 ish. Stock cooling + multiplier only. The last thing i want to do is alter voltages especially bcos of the vrm cooling. Or lack of on the cheaper boards.
If my original choice of boards isn't great, any suggestions? Remember still on a budget.
I'm looking into the M4N75TD but others would be good.
Thanks.
NB,
My case will only take MATX.
M4N75TD is out of budget.

Why not break yourself and get a cheap ATX case?
There are no stellar mATX AMD boards. frown.gif
 
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You can keep the motherboard you have now. That's what I'd do. No point in "upgrading" to another budget microATX board. It won't be doing you any favors, just get the heatsinks for the VRM's and call it a day.

I wouldn't unlock the chip no matter what though, all of those boards are a 3+1 or a 4+1 phase with no heatsinks and I'm sure your current one doesn't have any VRM protection built in either. So if you overload those VRM's you could very well kill your motherboard.

Keep it locked as a quad and then get your 3.4GHz that you want (since you probably won't have to change the voltage it'll be fine). Throw the heatsinks on and you're good to go. It'll help keep the VRM's cooler.
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You can keep the motherboard you have now. That's what I'd do. No point in "upgrading" to another budget microATX board. It won't be doing you any favors, just get the heatsinks for the VRM's and call it a day.
I wouldn't unlock the chip no matter what though, all of those boards are a 3+1 or a 4+1 phase with no heatsinks and I'm sure your current one doesn't have any VRM protection built in either. So if you overload those VRM's you could very well kill your motherboard.
Keep it locked as a quad and then get your 3.4GHz that you want (since you probably won't have to change the voltage it'll be fine). Throw the heatsinks on and you're good to go. It'll help keep the VRM's cooler.

My foxconn A76ML-K 3.0 (95w) ?

Would it be ok to still OC it to 3.4 ?
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post #30 of 68

Heck no.  Visibly low end 3+1 phase.....avoid

 

The Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 is a 4+1 phase; keep the VRMs cooled and you will be able to perform OCs.  The 3+1 phase boards just do not have the capacity, as proven by several protective throttling incidents reported by users of that board and others using the exact same design.  It is not possible to reliably operate 125W processors on any board of that design, even if that board is (mistakenly?) rated for it.

 

Unlocking and overclocking a high-wattage processor on a board with no VRM cooling is NEVER a good idea.


Edited by xd_1771 - 3/30/12 at 2:23pm
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