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With the release of Bulldozer just a little over a month away, it's time to starting strapping some cash for my first serious PC since 2008. I'll probably end up with a quad core, but I might splurge on a six core. Either way, I'm thinking of sticking to a smaller form factor. I was in awe of my original Thermaltake Armor when I bought it in 2005, but ever since then I've decided that I really don't want to bother with giant towers, instead I'd like to go with either a Lian Li PC-A04 or a Lian Li PC-V354 as they both supply ample cooling and they are just plain classy.

I know that with Micro ATX you have to be extra picky when choosing a motherboard, but are there any 4 + 1 boards, currently available, that offer decent overclocking? It doesn't have to be the absolute best overclocker, I'd just prefer it be stable after a year of use. Knowing what makes a current board a decent overclocker will help when choosing a 9-Series when they are eventually released.

For motherboards without MOSFET heatsinks, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Enzotech MOS-C1 C1100 heatsinks, would they make overclocking more achievable?

If it's really not viable to overclock on a Micro ATX board, then I will just go with the Lian Li PC-9F, but I'd still prefer a smaller form factor if at all feasible.

Other parts that I've chosen are the EVGA GTX 460 2Win (if I go with Micro ATX) or dual 6790's (if I stick with standard ATX). I've also picked out the Seasonic X750 Gold for my power supply. I'll probably go with a Plextor 128gb SSD (Sata III) as a boot/program drive with a Wester Digital Black 500gb (Sata III) as a data drive.

Of course AMD might not even release any 9-series Micro ATX boards for Bulldozer since in the recent past they've made Micro ATX exclusive to their IGP's and as far as I know there will be no Bulldozer IGP's until next year when they make Bulldozer APU's. So they would probably only make them for Llano in the meantime.

So what do you think, any Micro ATX that could do some medium heavy lifting? I know that we don't even know how well Bulldozer will overclock, so I'm just asking in regards to Phenom II's. With that information I can form a somewhat logical inference that will help me with my future purchase.

Thank you in advance!
Edited by dodger.blue - 4/23/11 at 11:43am
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There's no definitive word on being able to use future AM3+ CPUs with it, but one of the best current AM3 mATX boards is the Biostar TA890GXE ....
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Yea that Biostar is great, or the DFI JR 790GX-M3H5. Some site I've never heard of still sells it for $79. The DFI will support hexacores with a bios update, but you will need another CPU to flash it with. It will support quads out of the box.
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If you can locate yourself a 95watt six core a 95watt quad core CPU then that'll open a much higher overclocking capability on weaker power phases_

& the Biostar MB suggested above is probably gonna be your motherboard of choice or either the Gigabyte 880GM
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GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ board
Add some decent MOSFET cooling and you're set
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GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ board
Add some decent MOSFET cooling and you're set
I was actually looking at this one as the benefits of the 8-series versus the 7-series was non existent except for in regards to the SB's which could offer Sata 6.0gb/s and USB 3.0, so I'm thinking 9-series versus 8-series might be the same. The ability to pop in a Bulldozer in a small form factor and offer USB 3.0 and Sata 6.0gb/s makes it very tempting offer and in the meantime I could nab an Athlon II or Phenom II quad.

I know it's silly, but when you look at enthusiast boards you see massive heat sinks on the MOSFETs, but the Enzotech ones are so small in comparison, would they really offer the same protection?
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I was actually looking at this one as the benefits of the 8-series versus the 7-series was non existent except for in regards to the SB's which could offer Sata 6.0gb/s and USB 3.0, so I'm thinking 9-series versus 8-series might be the same. The ability to pop in a Bulldozer in a small form factor and offer USB 3.0 and Sata 6.0gb/s makes it very tempting offer and in the meantime I could nab an Athlon II or Phenom II quad.

I know it's silly, but when you look at enthusiast boards you see massive heat sinks on the MOSFETs, but the Enzotech ones are so small in comparison, would they really offer the same protection?
No matter the size or material of heatsink, it's all worthless if you have no airflow on it.

The MOS-C1 heatsinks should be fine, then just get a fan to blow on them and you're good to go.
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The MOS-C1 may or may not perform better than a big solution that covers it all
Since MOS-C1 is per MOSFET and still a significant cooling surface area increase
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GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ board
Add some decent MOSFET cooling and you're set
i second this board. if not this one then the 880gma-ud2h.
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I would not go cf 6790 either
go cf 6850 for a little more $ better performance
cf 5850 for the same price and better performance
cf 5770 for less $ and less performance

The 6790 is not good price to performance

None of the boards being discussed have the two pcie slots. Of the intel boards I've seen that are microatx with sli there is one slot between not two so one would want blower style not open air coolers for sli / cf.
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