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Hello!
I'm in a dilemma of buying a new MOBO . The one i've got (see signature) don't really support AM3 , but i'm using an AM3 processor on it , and I believe i'm getting lower performances than I actually should , hence the lower hypertransport on MOBO . And also I can't modify the voltage of the CPU to anything lower than 1.4 V that it's currently on (IDLE around 50°C) when as default it should run 1.1 right?
Anyways , that alone forces me to buy a new MOBO ! Now I was thinking something with DDR3 and a nice AM3(+) support , and possibly a nice overclocker mobo since I can't overclock my processor to anything more than 3.0 GHz (default 2.9) on this mobo.
My eye got caught with MSI 770-C45 motherboard http://www.msi.com/product/mb/770-C45.html#?div=Detail. It's cheap (in my country) so before I buy it I would like to hear you guys out. Is it a good mobo? OC potentional ? Maybe some other mobo , cheap preferably? Etc...
Need opinions! thanks
Edited by Bobi - 4/17/11 at 7:50am
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post #2 of 9
Use a low TDP processor and you're good
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If the PCB is red you can overclock a little.The red PCB version doesn t have Nikos mosfets so you should be blow-up safe.
   
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Like XD said-you will be fine with the Athlon II.If you want insurance,get some VRM chipset coolers and some airflow.Their are newer versions with a VRM heatsink.
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Like XD said-you will be fine with the Athlon II.If you want insurance,get some VRM chipset coolers and some airflow.Their are newer versions with a VRM heatsink.
This.

Though if you are buying this with upgrade plans down the road for a more powerful processor I would definitely invest in a better motherboard with better vrms now. In that respect avoid MSI almost entirely and check out the motherboard vrm list (xds sig).
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So you're saying to stay on this mobo? TDP from processor is lower than my mobo can support so i'm good on that. And i'd really like to go to DDR3 already because they are cheap
I'm really low on money (student) that's why i'm looking for cheap upgrade , and thats why I thought of MSI's 770-C45 mobo since it's pretty much cheap.
What do you mean by VRMS?
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post #7 of 9
Stay on this mobo unless you are upgrading to a 95W-125W or other high TDP processor, in which case you will definitely want to consider a switch as at this point it gets fairly dangerous due to MSI's VRM fail record

VRMs.... see "About VRMs & MOSFETs" link in my sig; it concerns power delivery to the CPU
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My eye missed your signature
Anyways , i've read about it and i've been using that CPU for half a year already on 1.4 V , nothing blew up (so far)
It really bothers me that i cannot set the voltage cores to anything below 1.4 , because I can't find the option in my BIOS (yes it was there before with older CPU's)
It's constantly running at 1.4V heating the processor at 50°C on IDLE! And that was on winter times. Now it's summer coming and I really need to fix that ASAP
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If it s the red PCB version you should be ok even with 125W TDP CPU-s ,with a X4, but not overclocked.
The red PCB version does not have Nikos mosfets installed while the black PCB one has them .
If you will google and search for MOSFET burn out you will find ECS ,Asus ,MSI mobos burned since 2006 , but in most of the pictures the MOSFET brand seems to be always Nikos.

So make sure the MSI mobo you want does not have Nikos mosfets in the VRM area and you should be fine for the warranty period.

If you are able to get a Gigabyte UD3 mobo instead do it.
   
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