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I really love my MSI 890-GXM g65. 2 PCIe x16 slots, and 4 dimms. and it looks awesome! biggrin.gif
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OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD + Western Digital 1TB Green Corsair H100 Push Pull With Gelid Fans.  Keycool 87 Seasonic G-550W 
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Fractal Define R4 Window White Steelseries Ikari Laser.  ASUS Essence STX + Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 250 OHM 
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OP: You got some bad advice. M5a88m-evo has the same VRM section as M5a88m, which is a 4+2. The M5a88v-evo has 6+2 (and heatsinks) but it's a full-size ATX mobo. The good thing is the M5a88m-evo has eSATA ports on the back and it's an ASUS. It's rated for a 140w CPU so it will hold an 8350 OK and you won't toast it when you crank up all 8 cores overclocked... it'll just throttle back to save the VRM's. You might be able to prevent the throttling by putting some add-on heatsinks on the VRM's and drivers and a fan blowing directly on them.
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OP: You got some bad advice. M5a88m-evo has the same VRM section as M5a88m, which is a 4+2. The M5a88v-evo has 6+2 (and heatsinks) but it's a full-size ATX mobo. The good thing is the M5a88m-evo has eSATA ports on the back and it's an ASUS. It's rated for a 140w CPU so it will hold an 8350 OK and you won't toast it when you crank up all 8 cores overclocked... it'll just throttle back to save the VRM's. You might be able to prevent the throttling by putting some add-on heatsinks on the VRM's and drivers and a fan blowing directly on them.

Thanks for the clarification! I ordered late Friday night and after doing more research/thinking I came to the conclusion my old case just wouldn't cut it to keep things cool. I t only had one exhaust fan and thats it, no intake fan or side fan or any way to add another fan. The rig I am replacing is almost 10 years old! TBH if I could have gotten my bios to accept a quad core I would probably still be using it. Anyway since I decided I needed a new case there was no reason to restrict myself to a matx board and I cancelled the order late Sunday night before it was processed saving myself shipping and a restocking fee. I am now debating between the Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 and the Crosshair V Formula-Z...probably gonna start a thread about that soon if I can't make up my mind, lol.
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