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Hey guys, noobie here. Here are my specs:

MSI 970a-g46 (F***k)
HyperX 8GB DDR3 at 1333
AMD Fx-8120

So like the n00b that I am, I bought this board without reading ACTUAL reviews by people who know their stuff on forums like this one. My main problem is as follows: after reading the forum about this board, I'm starting to worry about the VRMs. After running the computer at about 35% load, the VRMs heat up to 80*C. Is this normal, what are these rated to? Also, what should my cores be idling at? They seem to jump anywhere from 20-36 all the time. The chip sensor usually sits around 31. The VRM sits at about 41 at idle. (This is all according to HWMonitor by CPUID)

The reason this sparked my interest, was because after playing a session of BF3, I started to smell a burning smell. Now, I'm sort of leaning more towards the side of my PSU (550w) cause it's fairly old and underload it seems to drop to 11.3v [with a multimeter] (buying a new one tomorrow). Could it be possible that the VRMs are burning lol?

If I were to build some sort of cooling for it, would it be fine for over clocking? I'm not looking to go heavy on OC, maybe 4GHz MAX. Thing is I don't want to return it cause it has a 15% restocking fee. If anything I'll try to sell it locally for what I bought it for.

What do you guys think I should do? Thanks biggrin.gifthumb.gif
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If you're getting that much voltage drop on the 12v rail, replace the PSU and then look at temps. Worst case, you can add sinks to the VRMs to bring the temps down.
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Yeah I'm getting a new PSU here in a bit. The VRMs already have sinks ;o
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^ Given the weak design that has a recorded failure with an FX-8XXX and is known to be frequently failure-prone on the 970A-G45 (same design with smaller heatsink) your problem is probably normal. I recommend that an FX-8XXX is used with a heatsinked 6+2-8+2 power phase VRM. They really need the VRM capacity because of very high power consumption. You should consider a new board. Low end MSIs have a historically bad record on high TDP AMDs and with the situation remaining unchanged with the latest Socket AM3+ boards, should generally be avoided in pairing with 125W TDP processor. Avoid an OC altogether.

Having an old PSU doesn't help either.
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/9/12 at 4:21pm
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What board would you suggest, if any, that are in the $80 range?

Edit: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=73209&promoid=1061
How does this one fair in the OC'ing world? It doesnt have any sort of mosfet cooling though
Edited by JohnyR - 10/9/12 at 4:28pm
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^ The better choice is the ASUS M5A97 for approximately the same price. I highly recommend that you step it up to a GA-970A-UD3 however for the higher power phase count ($103 shipped after price match)
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Thanks for the suggestions. Out of curiosity, what if I were to cool the heat sink with two high powered fans (about 3500rpms each). Would that make a difference?
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Thanks for the suggestions. Out of curiosity, what if I were to cool the heat sink with two high powered fans (about 3500rpms each). Would that make a difference?

It really wouldn't all that much.

The amperage capability of the 'fets is just not up to the mark on that board. Change it ASAP. Seriously tongue.gif
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It really wouldn't all that much.
The amperage capability of the 'fets is just not up to the mark on that board. Change it ASAP. Seriously tongue.gif

Hahaha, okay gotcha. Yeah I'm gonna change it for sure, just trying to figure out why the VRM on this board is so ****ty compared to others rolleyes.giftongue.gif
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Hahaha, okay gotcha. Yeah I'm gonna change it for sure, just trying to figure out why the VRM on this board is so ****ty compared to others rolleyes.giftongue.gif

Read this - http://www.overclock.net/a/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-high-tdp-processors

Make sure to check the failure list wink.gif
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