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post #1 of 5
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Hello there, also posted this thread in the cooling section but more relevant here I think.

I have been researching into this build for about a month now:

Gladiator Core i3 540 Pre-Built Overclocked Bundle
• Intel® Coreâ„¢ i3-540 Overclocked @ 4.20GHz - Dual Core CPU
• 4GB Mushkin Silverline 1333MHz 9-9-9-24
• MSI H55M-ED55 Micro-ATX Motherboard
• Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
• Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
• Pre-Assembled & Tested
• 1 Years Warranty

Xigmatek Asgard Black Edition+1 extra rear fan

Corsair TX Series 650W ATX2.2 SLI/Crossfire Compliant Power Supply

1TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 SATA-II 3.5" Hard Drive

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Operating system:Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit OEM

I have posted this build over several forums to get as much feedback as possible and on a techie forum they came up with a few issues with that motherboard and overclocking it, now I have no idea if what they are telling me is fact or just opinion but here are some qoutes from that thread:

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To be blatantly honest, you are probably going to fry that board first. µATX boards are compact in size and usually hold more componentry than their full sized bretheren. Running a heavy OC on that board is going to stress it out. µATX boards that are built for "OCing" is a crock. Twice as much current running through much smaller, compressed traces in a very crowded environment to begin with. µATX boards were originally intended for low power consumption use in smaller, more "friendly" cases.

I have seen many µATX boards of better quality than that MSI, fry from a light overclock because they just can't handle it.

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Have to agree there, though I haven't seen the bios options on that board, generally, mATX just don't have the overclocking options that full ATX boards do. If your case and budget allow it, you're always better off with ful ATX for overclocking.

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I have to agree with my teamates on this one. Those boards cannot handle the throughput that a Atx board can and while your Cpu may last "20 years", your board will not! The boards chipset is going to run extremly hot on such overclocks

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Thinner conductors are nice from a miniaturization standpoint but they do come at a cost -- increased resistance. The resistance of an electrical conductor is inversely proportional to its cross-sectional area and directly proportional to its length. Therefore, all other factors taken into account, shorter and fatter wires are often better.

Resistance also factors into power loss, which is dissipated as heat. Any kid who has shorted a thin wire across the terminals of a battery understands this concept instantly (and often painfully).

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As I said no idea if these comments are true but one of the guys started by saying the i3 would run to hot and fry,then when I said I had researched and that it would not him and others posted those comments.

Its also not usually a forum that spreads misinformation.

Thanks

Einholt
post #2 of 5
They are full of it.

Example A my sig rig.

where are you finding this bundle?
I would highly recommend going on newegg and building a computer completely from scratch rather then buying from a company, that way is something goes wrong, you know exactly how everything works.
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
They are full of it.

Example A my sig rig.

where are you finding this bundle?
I would highly recommend going on newegg and building a computer completely from scratch rather then buying from a company, that way is something goes wrong, you know exactly how everything works.
How long has your sig rig been running by the way?

I am buying from aria as I am in the UK, I am building the computer myself only the bundle is pre-built which is the mobo, cpu, cpu cooler and ram, its actually £21 cheaper than the components bought separately and its overclocked and 48 hour stress tested with a 1 year collect and return warranty, also I do not know how to overclock and not keen to start on a new system

Thanks

Einholt
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Originally Posted by Einholt View Post
How long has your sig rig been running by the way?

I am buying from aria as I am in the UK, I am building the computer myself only the bundle is pre-built which is the mobo, cpu, cpu cooler and ram, its actually £21 cheaper than the components bought separately and its overclocked and 48 hour stress tested with a 1 year collect and return warranty, also I do not know how to overclock and not keen to start on a new system

Thanks

Einholt
Mine has been running at that speed since late november.

if it is tested then i wouldnt' worry about it, there are many motherboards that are Micro ATX
post #5 of 5
lol@those responses. what a load of crap.

uATX does not affect OCing ability at all.

And that board should have some decent ocing ability.
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Alienware M9700
(14 items)
 
Wackbook pro
(12 items)
 
Mpowerlicous
(12 items)
 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
AMD Turion ML-42 2.4GHz AMD Turion ML-40 Alienware nForce3 2X nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS SLI 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
1GB DDR 333MHz Samsung Spinpoint 250GB Windows XP Professional 1920X1200 Integrated LCD 
Case
Alienware M9700 chassis 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 3615QM @2.3GHz Apple Logic Board Intel HD 4000 Nvidia GT 650M 512MB 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 500GB Samsung 840  OSX 10.10 1440x900  
PowerAudioAudioAudio
85W PSU Schiit Modi Schiit Magni 2 Über DT770 Pro 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 3770K MSI Z77 Big Bang MPower Radeon R9 270X 4X4GB G.Skill  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel X25-V Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Life without walls? Who needs windows? Acer 
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