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Right, I'm finaly getting round to buying a 6300 and I was wondering if this used mobo is okay for not only that cpu, but for some pretty heavy overclocking. I ask because I am completely new to it and recently gave my PC a stroke due to my not knowing how to overclock.

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-970a-ds3-am3--amd-970-ddr3-atx-8DLY.html?refs=473460000-42180000&src=3#usedstock
post #2 of 24
Heavy OC? No. It only has 4+1 VRM (Voltage regulator modules). You may run into issues running your chip at stock. If you want a lot of OC, then look at the ASUS Sabertooth. The main thing that you want is a 990FX platform with 8+2 VRM.
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post #3 of 24
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Just to prove my low level of understanding of overclocking...I didn't understand half of that. I only asked about this mobo as it brings my total for my PC down to about £230. Could you suggest anything cheaper? Preferably around the £50 mark or less? I suppose heavy overclocking is out of the question, but a marked improvement over stock would be sufficient (I'm still running a 3.4Ghz dual core that's slowly dying...painfully)
post #4 of 24
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http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-am3--amd-990x-sb950-ddr3-atx-7JF9.html?refs=473460000-42180000&src=3

Would that be okay? A little over what I'll have to happily spend, but I'd do it if it meant I could have a modern gaming PC for a little while.
post #5 of 24
First off: That is a lot better board to use. Give me a few minutes, and I'll try to repost everything in a more understandable way.
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post #6 of 24
VRM - or 'Voltage Regulator Module' - regulates the power the CPU gets. These modules are to the left side of the CPU on (I think) most AMD boards. Lower end boards have less VRM, and less quality VRM to save production cost. However, with a lack of VRM, the CPU doesn't receive the proper electricity. What can also happen with weak/too few VRM is the CPU can receive a volt spike, killing it. People spend $200+ on a CPU, but try to save a few dollar by buying a cheaper board, only to have it killed by cheap VRM.

If that is still too complicated, then I can try again. I have a real bad problem with keeping things over complicated. But to keep it simple, you need at least a 6+2 VRM for overclocking the 6 cores from AMD, but an 8+2 is best. The VRMs should also have a heat sink. This board has a heat sink for the VRMs, as well as 8+2. (The VRM count - such as 8+2 - can also be called the 'power phase')
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post #7 of 24
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Okay, I'll remember that for future reference. All I need now is to make the £300 I need for the upgrade in total! XD
post #8 of 24
I hope someone else comes around and verifies that is a good board. I'm only going by the VRMs right now. I see that the VRMs do have a heat sink, and it is a 8+2 power phase, but there are other issues that may be there.
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post #9 of 24
That looks like a rev.1 UD3. It should be ok with a 6300. My only experience with the UD3 was with the rev.3 and 4 versions.

It would probably be a good idea to put a fan on the VRM heat sink anyway.
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post #10 of 24
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Aaaand how would I do that?
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