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Now XPD you were mentioning cooling for the VRM's on the ASUS boards. Do you have any suggestions?

     
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I think someone else also mentioned fans, but with the load you are l;ikely to put on them VRM's, I would see if a single 1x120mm loop with a medium flow pump and high-flow fans on the Rad would do for those. OR...you could get a full-on loop for the chipset, VRM's and SB/NB. Personally, I would opt for the second choice. It offers the most fail-safe solution.

If you are resigned to the fact that the motherboard may be toast and therefore will buy another one, if the south-bridge got too hot, it may need to be re-flowed. That can be accomplished with a heat gun and a magnifying glass. (Use the magnifying glass to ensure that you only add heat enough to "Re-Flow" the solder on the SB chip, with it's heatsink and any heatsinks close to it removed).

Or at least, that's what I commonly do with hardware when I know it will need to be replaced. Bearing in mind that a board with a reflowed chip may not ever be stable enough for heavy loads in the future, but may make a good backup internet machine or HTPC. tongue.gif
 
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Not a bad idea, I'm fairly certain the PSU is ok the tester says it is and it booted my old Desktop (Athlon 64 X2 3.2Ghz, GTS 450 SC, 3 HDD's) granted it's not the same but that was under a Prime 95 test so it was stressing the system all the same. I'm also fairly certain it's the 12v rail on the motherboard as everything stops working at that point. At this point in time if I were to get a new motherboard I couldn't get a loop (I'd be most likely getting the Sabertooth and $240 is pushing it, unless I can find a better/equivalently good board for less).

 

Plus I like to have someone else who has experience doing what ever it is I'm doing watch and help me make sure I'm connecting/doing things right if I haven't done it before or in a long time, it never hurts to be cautious. No one near here as far as I know has a watercooling loop, heck most of the people I know and/or meet through my friends don't do anything to their machines and leave them with the stock heatsinks. For now I think my H60 and air should be sufficient and would appreciate your advice to maximize their effectiveness.

     
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If you've got Skype, I can give you a hand. I've done several WC loops, and even a few that have included motherboard blocks as well.

Whatever you go with, Good luck! Keep us posted!
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If the 4/8-pin connector is not getting the juice, then it may have been that the OC on the CPU got the VRM's too hot and one of them melted. In that case, if you are good with a soldering iron then you could test them each and then replace the bad/flaky ones. tongue.gif
 
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If you've got Skype, I can give you a hand. I've done several WC loops, and even a few that have included motherboard blocks as well.
Whatever you go with, Good luck! Keep us posted!

Well that would require a working motherboard, but maybe for my next build if we're both around in a year or three (probably two, possibly less if I get to keep the parts Cooler Master sends me).

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If the 4/8-pin connector is not getting the juice, then it may have been that the OC on the CPU got the VRM's too hot and one of them melted. In that case, if you are good with a soldering iron then you could test them each and then replace the bad/flaky ones. tongue.gif

I'm OK with a soldering iron, but I have trouble keeping focused which keeps me from being great at it. My dad would have to do it and he's always busy (works on PCs and servers for a living).

 

Anyways anyone know if the EVGA Z68 boards are any good(Z77 boards are the newest ones right?)? I was planning on spending the $105 EVGA bucks I've accrued on a new Graphics card but...

     
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Any idea on how long you will be down phazer
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A couple of days maybe later today if I find a good motherboard at compusa. A week or so if I have to have it shipped. I'm trying to wrangle it for the sabertooth z77 but 240 is a little steep. More details here
http://www.overclock.net/forum/newestpost/1279525
I'm headed to compusa right now I should be thee in about 15 minutes
     
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!O!_V_!O! 

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STICKER SHOCK!! Electric Bill was $800 this month!! I know we have two AC units but da*n it went up 200 Kwh from last year idk why. I'm going to have them check the meter, highest bill ever.

 

Anyways still awaiting info on those motherboards EVGA and otherwise. I went ahead and got the Sabertooth as it seems they are in demand all of a sudden. The store I checked the other day had 10 now they have none and the one I checked today had one so... I can return it so long as it hasn't been opened. But with this bill some advice would be quite nice.

 

Z68 or Z77 chipset(I'll probably hold onto this one for another two years or so at least)? Are EVGA SB/IB/SB-E mtherboards that good? Tips on how to properly  air cool a VRM (As it looks like I haven't been doing it right or enough)?

 

Anyways I'm probably going to read something sappy and lick my wounds for a bit I probably won't be on much tommorrow, well today as in the next 24 hours.

 

I hope Cooler Master ships the parts this week they'll be a welcome sight!

 

Anyways BBT FTW!


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the only difference between z68 and z77 are native usb3 and pcie 3.0 and unless you are swithing out your 2500k theres no real point in getting a z77 unless you're going to upgrade.

As for EVGA boards.... I've only ever had problems with my E759 mobo from them (all pcie lanes went). Mileage will probably varry though.

Also, YIKES on that power bill! I'm paying about 200 a month for mine... ._.;;

Keep up the great work folks!
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