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My NorthBridge is getting too hot on higher overclocks. Its limiting this godly chip.

I can stabilize my System @ 4ghz 1.42v. But when under Prime95 load the NB goes to 65C and beyond.

First of all how much heat can my chipset take, and are there any good NB coolers out there for 20$ or under?

Is it even worth it?
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You could add an internal 80 or 120mm fan to blow across mobo. I did this when switched from air to WC'ing and loss of air flow. I mounted it to the back side of the drive bay using zip ties. Does your case have a side cover fan? This would also help. I ended up moving my GPU from the 1st slot down to the second slot which than let more air blow onto the HS's for NB.
 
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There are 2 huge 240mm fans on the side and top of my case, which is why I'm wondering why its getting so hot...
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1.take the fan off your AMD stock cooler

2. put next to nb heatsink

3. nb less hot

4. ???

5. profit?!!!!

That helped cool down my NB alot
Edited by reflex99 - 2/18/11 at 9:50pm
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You'll want to add heatsinks to the mosfets before even trying to push that clocks on a 125W! Not only is it a 4+1, it's on an older Gigabyte model that is cheaper and lower quality than most of their newer boards!! I seriously highly doubt you want to be overclocking that far. [See article in sig for more details]
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i screwed a little fan to my NB after changing the TIM to mx-2 and it lowered temps about 30 degrees.i imagine most of the temps were original TIM that was not doing its job,either way,temps are much lower now
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You'll want to add heatsinks to the mosfets before even trying to push that clocks on a 125W! Not only is it a 4+1, it's on an older Gigabyte model that is cheaper and lower quality than most of their newer boards!! I seriously highly doubt you want to be overclocking that far. [See article in sig for more details]
+1 Nice article my friend. I believe your right! To me the NB does feel all that hot, its the area around the CPU and the voltage regulators.

I think I will keep it a 3.6ghz till I can get a new mobo. Temps seem pretty safe at this level.

Any good suggestions on a new mobo? I would prefer a Gigabyte and AM2+/AM3 so I don't have to get new RAM.
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Ga-ma790x-ud4p

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Since DDR2 boards are starting not to be worth it....

I just bought a monster MSI board and some new DDR3 RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130223

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211473

This will be my last upgrade till 2025.
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Ga-ma790x-ud4p

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I think I'm going to agree with this actually at one point this board had the best overclocking for the budget, and this spilled over to the DDR3 variant with the 790XT-UD4P as well. Heck I was going to have owned one of these boards [alongside my 790XT] off Craigslist but the guy who I was contacting about it disappeared somehow

Megaman_90: Now the thing about your DDR3 RAM purchase is it is not optimal at all. AMD does not support triple channel. Which means your 3 DIMMs will be running in single channel. Which means your performance will be seriously degraded. The best options are to either 1. use 2 DIMMs, keep 1 as spare 2. buy 4th DIMM 3. return this kit, buy proper dual channel kit
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