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[ask]wrong choice of mobo. What should I do? (MSI 970A-G46 for unlock phenom II x2 550)

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this morning I got a request from a friend to resell his MSI 770-c45 and buy a better mobo. which has 970 chipset...

because I had other request from my client to resell his ECS A880LM-M and buy a new Asrock 770 DE3L. I'm out of time to shopped the other 970 chipset mobos. The only option left for me is MSI 970A-G46 which had many bad reviews especially here. And the worst of it I realize my failure now. Damn

My friend use his rig mainly for Video content Creation, Video convert. do some MS office job and browsing.

this is his rig

Mobo any 970 chipset mobo preferably Asrock 970 extreme3 or Asus M5A97
VGA HD 4760
Ram 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance
HDD 1.5TB and 2TB
DVD RW
lot of usb gadget gamepad, Camera .USB 3.0 WD passport etc
PSU Tagan Piperock 500W (Master) and Cable mod Old server PSU Tiger 235W (slave)

I'm running little of cash now and my time is very limited...

what should I do with this mobo? should I resell it and buy a other mobo tomorrow. Or is this mobo is safe for unlocking Phenom II x2 550 to Phenom II X4 B95 without any overclocking attempt?
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It is safe. Don't overclock it with more than 1.4V, the MBO will do fine.

I have pushed my 555BE X2 @ B55 X4 with 1.35V @ 4GHz on any board.

So, I hope You have a good one. Cheers thumb.gif
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Thank you very much bro I'll stick with this mobo for now. Okay maybe I'll do some mild overclock at 3.5 Ghz maybe
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I recently found this motherboard suitable to be ratified for safe operation with 125W TDP processors with a new BIOS revision that supposedly offers VRM over-current protection, but I doubt that as some failure incidents have shown up recently. However, any such incidents happening on 8-core processors, never on quad core processors.

 

I can't see how moving forward with the G46 will be dangerous for you at the moment. However, if the PC is to be used for video content creation/video convert (which usually involves very long periods of the CPU at 100% stress load), I usually always recommend investing into higher phase count and a better quality VRM system for the best reliability and longevity.

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I recently found this motherboard suitable to be ratified for safe operation with 125W TDP processors with a new BIOS revision that supposedly offers VRM over-current protection, but I doubt that as some failure incidents have shown up recently. However, any such incidents happening on 8-core processors, never on quad core processors.

I can't see how moving forward with the G46 will be dangerous for you at the moment. However, if the PC is to be used for video content creation/video convert (which usually involves very long periods of the CPU at 100% stress load), I usually always recommend investing into higher phase count and a better quality VRM system for the best reliability and longevity.

bold line. yep that makes me worry I hope this board could stand for that kind of operation... for the owner decide to use it. than return the board.
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I've been doing some digging on the MSI G46, but unfortunately I didn't come across this forum until after I had made the purchase with Tiger Direct. They had a nice 6 Core AMD AM3+ CPU on sale for around $100, so I got it with the board and RAM for under $250 - but now I realize why this mobo was so cheap. But here's my question now: If I do little to no overclocking with this 95W processor, is the G46 board still going to be a cheapo piece of crap? I called TD immediately and had them drop the mobo from the purchase, but I definitely do not trust service reps who speak broken English and have me repeat myself 20 times so I figure it's 50/50 they actually honor my request and refund me without shipping it.

I looked at the Gigabyte board posted in here and mentioned in other threads with the FX-6100 AMD CPU, and I think I'll get one of them for $10 more or so from NewEgg. Any other suggestion for this CPU with some non-OC DDR3 RAM?

[EDIT] I'd very much like a board with a wide range of DDR3 RAM support, because I've had some RAM nightmares with MSI boards and weird support issues. I still trust MSI, but want a hardy board that doesn't throw fits - MSI or not.
Edited by nannerpuss - 3/26/13 at 2:20pm
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