Originally Posted by Zoltan_man
Thanks for the quick responses.
Its good to know that i don't HAVE to buy a new power supply right away.
Although currently I'm not overclocking, i have attempted and failed in the past. I only upped the multiplier on my CPU from x16 to x17, since its a black edition, and it couldn't handle Prime95 for more than a minute. I didn't think about it until you mentioned overclocking, but could that be the cause of my overclocks crashing the machine? I do have an aftermarket cooler FYI.
I am willing to spend money on a power supply if that will allow me to possibly overclock my CPU and GPU. Do you think that is possible or is that a stretch?
I'm not sure, actually. I mean, when the PSU is taken care of, the motherboard is just about the biggest factor in the overclockability of a CPU. And usually, most boards with onboard video are generally not good at overclocking. This even applies to some that have overclocking features. Another general thing I've noticed during my time here on OCN is that Micro ATX boards are generally worse at overclocking than Standard ATX boards. This doesn't mean that there are no Micro ATX boards that are good at overclocking, but I've noticed that it's easier to end up with a great board for overclocking when the search is limited to just Standard ATX boards. But of course, there are many terrible Standard ATX boards when it comes to overclocking too.
So unfortunately, I'm saying that the limiting factor might be this motherboard. I'm not guaranteeing it, but it's certainly a guess based on how it's a low-cost Micro ATX board that has onboard video. Plus, it only has a 4-pin EPS/ATX12V connector as opposed to an 8-pin. This connector supplies the power to the CPU which means that overclocking a quad could be limited due to not having the option to use an 8-pin cable. But a 4-pin cable is usually plenty for overclocking a dual core.