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I see that my Dell motherboard is very simple and basic, compared to the high tech Asus, MSI boards. I've been using it for 4 years with GPU such as GTX 750 and 960 with no issues. Soon to get a 1060 as well.

My question is, from a danger point of view, are those gaming motherboards safer? Like will a 960 cause my motherboard to burn out compared to the gaming motherboards?

I have a Dell 0XR1GT motherboard. Please let me know of this is safe for gaming on 120W GPUs like 960 and 1060.
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I see that my Dell motherboard is very simple and basic, compared to the high tech Asus, MSI boards. I've been using it for 4 years with GPU such as GTX 750 and 960 with no issues. Soon to get a 1060 as well.

My question is, from a danger point of view, are those gaming motherboards safer? Like will a 960 cause my motherboard to burn out compared to the gaming motherboards?

I have a Dell 0XR1GT motherboard. Please let me know of this is safe for gaming on 120W GPUs like 960 and 1060.

It doesn't really matter since everything should be designed and certified to operate within spec. As long as it has a sufficient PCI-E port (probably at least 3.0 x8, preferably x16) and a quality PSU with the necessary PCI-E 6/8 pin connectors you should be fine.

 

That said, your PSU may be questionable since most pre-built PCs aren't designed with much headroom. As far as your motherboard burning up or dying, it won't happen.

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No I have an EVGA 600W Bronze, which is pretty decent. This is the only component aside from the GPU that I have changed.

I got worried because on another site, some user wanted to buy a GTX 1060 and people were recommending high end motherboards due to their VRM heatsinks and what not. How necessary are those heatsinks?

Btw can you tell me what pcIE port do I have on my motherboard?
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If you'll add your system to the rigbuilder, it will help us help you. I know a lot of your components are going to be generic, but having stuff like the part number for your motherboard easily visible in your signature would make it easy to figure out what generation PCIe slots you have. We do know that you have a PCIe x16 slot that your video card is in, & I'm assuming it's a Gen 3 slot, but it's just that, an assumption. Either way, you're only going to be running a single GPU, so whether it's gen 2 or 3 won't make a big enough difference in performance to worry about. PCIe connectors are backwards & forwards compatible. The worst that happens is you limit your available bandwidth.

Your PSU is not great, but it should still work ok for the GPU ranges you're using or looking at. If you're wanting a GTX1060, I don't think you've got a lot to worry about. Sure, you're going to have similar heat issues to what you've had with your GTX960 (though a reference cooler will be beneficial if you stay in the OEM Dell case), but nothing in your system is going to ruin your GPU.

I could be wrong (someone please correct me if so), but I'm assuming any discussion of motherboard VRMs & heatsinks is in regards to CPU overclocking, as the GPU has its own VRMs independent of your motherboard.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2280 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F120SP Windows 10 Pro Visio E601i-A3 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K400 EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G600 MMO 
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