Originally Posted by tessK
Windows update? It pulls that one on me all the time.
How far can you OC before the motherboard becomes an issue? Mine is whatever cheap one came bundled with the CPU at MIcrocenter. Not sure how much I trust it going above stock voltages. Is that something that you usually worry about?
Yah um, see this thread for info on AM3+ motherboard VRM setups.
For an 8-core Vishera, overclocking heavily on anything less than a 8+2 VRM setup is unadvisable. Someone will have to correct me on this, but I think 6+2 could handle a mild OC on an FX-8350 under load. (Less than 4.5ghz). This is especially important if you plan on regular heavy usage that will load the processor to 100%, such as video encoding or folding. For gaming, it doesn't matter as much as it's generally less stressful on the CPU.
With a 4+1 phase board, and any 8-core FX chip, ANY load on the processor is inherently dangerous, and runs the risk of overloading the voltage circuitry and frying the board + possibly the CPU.
(Unfortunately, neither AMD nor the motherboard manufacturers tell you any of this information before you buy, but I personally think it should be more well known. If you're gonna run an 8 core FX, you need a board better than $100, or there is that risk.)
I'm sure some of the regulars here can probably tell you about 8 core FX chips frying lower end boards. It has to have happened to someone. (Though I can't remember who.)