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post #1 of 6
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Using an 880GM-UD2H motherboard, cost me £60, I'm running;

Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4GHZ (Looking to OC more when MB is tweaked/upgraded)
Zalman CNPSX10 Flex+68CFM Fans.

All cooling in the CPU department is great, 40c at 100% loads, golden chip!
CPU/HDD/GPU are all at great low temperatures, however it appears my MOFSETs are baking!

I've ordered some decently reviewed heatsinks already for the Motherboard, what I'd like to know is which would be best;

Upgrade the current CPU's NB Cooler and SB Cooler to decently air-cooled components (Cost; £20 or so)
or
Upgrade to the TA890GXE (Cost; £84.99)

Though price is an obstacle, I'm ultimately looking for the best performance. Would the TA890GXE be that much better?

Edit; Note that I'm using an mAtx case - so if you could suggest a motherboard better than the TA890GXE that'll fit in an mAtx case, please do so!
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post #2 of 6
I wouldn't bother upgrading the northbridge heatsinks.


Just get a new motherboard, the biostar motherboard is a very good overclocker.
post #3 of 6
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Alright, I'll wait for a few more verdicts. Thanks for the help.
Vulcan
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post #4 of 6
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I've just felt my NB/SB heatsinks and they're very cool to touch, feel like ambient temp.
I'm going to install the MOSFET heatsinks I installed and check out what that leaves the OC situation like. I may not have to get a new motherboard to reach 4.2-4.3ghz which is nice.
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post #5 of 6
Yeah the way I normally do is try to get the most out of whatever I have before I buy new but I'm cheap and budget minded. I think stepping up your cooling since you already have it on tap is a good first step, then if your not happy go get the other board.
    
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post #6 of 6
That one's up to you. If you install cooling, I still recommend you stay under 1.525V. Biostar has pretty good VRM quality actually, I've seen people push 6Ghz clocks with huge volts on unheatsinked (but fan-cooled) Biostar 4+1 VRMs [probably not a good idea for 100% CPU stability testing though ].
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