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Ok. Basically GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-DS2H Socket FM2+ AMD A68H motherboard. Unfortunately it's overheating pretty badly and clocking my 7870K down. Should I get a new motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132045? Or should I improve my airflow. I have no idea what to do. Some people suggest getting heat sinks for the VRMs a new cpu cooler a new case. I just want to know if getting a better motherboard will solve the problem or if I should just figure out a way to keep it cool. Thanks.
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Ok. Basically GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-DS2H Socket FM2+ AMD A68H motherboard. Unfortunately it's overheating pretty badly and clocking my 7870K down. Should I get a new motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132045? Or should I improve my airflow. I have no idea what to do. Some people suggest getting heat sinks for the VRMs a new cpu cooler a new case. I just want to know if getting a better motherboard will solve the problem or if I should just figure out a way to keep it cool. Thanks.

I would think either a new mobo would suffice, or the improved cooling it you put heatsinks on the vrms and a fan blowing over them.

I would go new mother board though. Are you overclocking?

What's your price range? That board you linked doesn't have any cooling on the vrms.
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Thanks for the reply. My only problem with VRM cooling is that my case is so cramped for that. I would have to give up an exhaust fan as my case only supports 2 92MM fans. One would be used for the VRM. Also getting a large CPU heatsink would likely block my GPU slot. I'm not planning on overclocking but rather just want the processor to run stable under stress with out throttling. I'm willing to spend about 90 bucks for a new MOBA. I just worry that getting a new one won't make a difference.
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If you can't put a fan over the VRM's because of a cramped case, your only other solutions are a board whose VRM's run a lot cooler, or heatsinking the ones on the board you have. If the case is cramped, then I can only assume upgrading to a 6+2 board is out of the question, since those are full ATX. There's no guarantee that switching to the board you linked to would solve your problem.

I would try heatsinking the VRM's first, it often solves problems like this. Grab some of these. If that doesn't solve the problem by itself, then you will have to bite the bullet and turn a case fan on the sinks too. The combination of both will almost certainly solve the problem, but nomally, the sinks by themselves do the trick.

Don't buy a new motherboard unless you're going up to a bigger case and can use a 6+2 board. If you're going to make the investment in a new board, you might as well go all-in.
     
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Thanks very much this is the answer I was looking for. I am planning on upgrading to a larger case first then getting a new motherboard after that. With that said, with a larger case with better airflow would this motherboard work better? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-desktop-motherboard-amd-a88x-chipset-socket-fm2-multi/1311709347.p?id=mp1311709347&skuId=1311709347
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Thanks very much this is the answer I was looking for. I am planning on upgrading to a larger case first then getting a new motherboard after that. With that said, with a larger case with better airflow would this motherboard work better? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-desktop-motherboard-amd-a88x-chipset-socket-fm2-multi/1311709347.p?id=mp1311709347&skuId=1311709347

Get this one instead, if you'll be working with a case that can handle a full-size board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132056
     
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Looks like a great board. My final question will be...will changing the motherboard force me to re purchase windows?
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"How should I address my Motherboard VRM overheating?"


Shaking your fist at them and cursing in a threatening manner is acceptable. sozo.gif

Other than that get the board jsc1973 suggested. It is a winner.

When I recently changed boards it only took a phone call to microsoft using the number provided in win X to get a new code and all is well.
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Looks like a great board. My final question will be...will changing the motherboard force me to re purchase windows?
It is. I can vouch for the A88X-PRO's quality and so can many others here. The Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 and ASUS' Crossblade Ranger (basically an A88X-PRO with a ROG scheme) are also excellent choices since they also have 6+2 power phasing and are built to a high quality standard, but I recommend the PRO most often.

Technically, anyone who is using an OEM copy of Windows isn't supposed to be able to reuse it if they change motherboards, but in practice, Microsoft doesn't seem to enforce that rule too strictly if at all where DIY'ers are concerned. And if you're running Windows 10, they just want people on Windows 10...
     
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Looks like a great board. My final question will be...will changing the motherboard force me to re purchase windows?

Get any of the boards jsc mentioned. I have all three and they are outstanding.One has an 860K, another a 7850K and another a 7870K. All three processors are at 4.6 GHz with no throttling when I stress test them with Prime95. I would get the A88X-PRO because it is cheaper the the CBR and the UP4 seems to be out of stock everywhere.
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