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Best m-ATX Board for AMD Phenom II 555 BE?

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I recently got the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition & due to me wanting to turn it into a quad core & OC it --but being stuck with my stock HP slimeline case-- i'm looking for a Micro-ATX form factored motherboard that will be BEASTLY at overclocking, great at handling 4 cores & more than anything be easy to use as i am completely new to overclocking itself... despite being an active member here for years on end

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Kinda sucks that this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130269
is the only enthusiast mATX (layout wise anyways) No sexy maximus style gene, or the likes.

Read a few reviews/benchies on this one too http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128445 but the layout would just be horrible for me. These were the two I had myself narrowed down to when I went shopping for some sff amd goodness not long ago.
Edited by Fletcherea - 2/3/11 at 7:56am
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This seems like a nice board! Also if your still running DDR2 this is good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131595
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This seems like a nice board! Also if your still running DDR2 this is good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131595
Terrible power stages and VRM cooling. 4-pin CPU, 4+1 phase, no heatsinks.

Nice try, but that's not really the board for the OP.

The MSI board above looks to be the only "enthusiast" option, and if you are intending to run a PhenomII x4 overclocked, this looks to be the only real option.
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Terrible power stages and VRM cooling. 4-pin CPU, 4+1 phase, no heatsinks.

Nice try, but that's not really the board for the OP.

The MSI board above looks to be the only "enthusiast" option, and if you are intending to run a PhenomII x4 overclocked, this looks to be the only real option.
Really?? I got this board for my little knephew with a 555BE we unlocked and overclocked to 4.0 with no problems...
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Really?? I got this board for my little knephew with a 555BE we unlocked and overclocked to 4.0 with no problems...
Well I am impressed but do come back and tell us your thoughts when that setup catches on fire ...
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Well I am impressed but do come back and tell us your thoughts when that setup catches on fire ...
Ill let you know!
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Really?? I got this board for my little knephew with a 555BE we unlocked and overclocked to 4.0 with no problems...
That a large load on that board. What is the voltage at on the cpu?
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That a large load on that board. What is the voltage at on the cpu?
It's the same voltage as a PhenomII x4 like the 965BE, as an unlocked PhII x2 IS an x4 chip.

Thus the power draw will be 132watts I believe, and is likely needing 1.425 - 1.5volts to hit 4ghz.
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