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Subject: Looking to upgrade Mobo to OC
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Peter_M Oct 28, 2011 12:07 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I currently have a MSI 770-G45 mobo and am running an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor. I also have a Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850, 2x4 gb G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800, Coolermaster 212, and Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN Power Supply...

I have tried using the "Easy OC" switches on this board and It will oc to 3.8 but not stable... I think it has to do with the RAM Timings??

Anyway, I was thinking of upgrading to a better board and would like to get some advice... Sub $200 for sure...


P.S. Will probably want to invest in a ssd soon too so want to keep that in mind when choosing a mobo...

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Q-Ball 7 Oct 28, 2011 01:37 PM Reply | Bookmark
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So you've tried manually overclocking it? Because auto-overclock isn't the best and if you're only upgrading for the Auto-OC, you shouldn't be.
My take on Automatic is that if you can't do it manually with a BE processor, don't do it at all.

And there's no real excuse not to overclock manually because the multiplier is unlocked. It's super easy (not that regular-style overclocking isn't).
Just do that instead and save yourself some money- perhaps you will get 3.8GHz stable after all.

By the way- 3.6 to 3.8 GHz is what you can usually expect out of a 955BE if you're not going to boost the voltages. You can get a bit more when bumping the voltage.

But if you still want to do this:

You'll have to get an AM3+ board. I'm not sure how well Piledriver will perform (Q3 2012, but if history repeats itself...) but it's not a bad idea to keep your options open for that.

The top motherboard out there right now is the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. It's not super top-of-the-line but what AMD platform is nowdays (don't say Bulldozer)? It's the lowest-end high-end board out there.
But I'd suggest the 990X-UD3. It's not the FX chipset but you're probably not going to CF/SLI. The important difference between it and 970-based chipsets is that 990 ones support SLI.
Anything above that is just wasting your cash (i.e. Crosshair, UD5/7, GD80) except if you want the 5-year warranty in which case the ASUS Sabertooth is your best bet. But even that's a waste because if you don't update  to Piledriver, you'll just go to FMx with Steamroller or whatever Intel has to offer at that time.

My advice is not to spend more on the mainboard than you do on the processor. Putting a 120-dollar processor on a 200-dollar board is a waste. A 120-dollar processor on a 100 to 150-dollar board, though, is just right.

And that's all I can recommend. Anything else below that isn't an upgrade. 970 and 770 are pretty similar.

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Peter_M Oct 28, 2011 03:27 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Great advice, thanks!

I have tried to manually oc but i am struggling with the ram timings... maybe I just need to have a closer look... My goal is 3.8 and I know I should be able to get it easily from this cpu...

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Somebody69 Oct 28, 2011 03:31 PM Reply | Bookmark
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With an unlocked multiplier, RAM timings don't matter. You can run your RAM at stock and just push the multiplier up to achieve the CPU frequency you want.

Rule of thumb: CPU price exceeds or matches board price.

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Peter_M Nov 10, 2011 04:51 AM Reply | Bookmark
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So I may have actually damaged my current motherboard. I was in the bios making changes then the pc would not boot. So I powered down, switched the jumper to clear cmos, switched it back, tried to power back up and nothing... Left the pc unplugged all night and tried again this morning and nada :-(

I will have to check all the connections carefully tonight I guess...

Anyway, I am still considering an upgrade and I would like to futureproof as much as I can so I was looking at this board...

Any thoughts on this one? I would like something in this range that will OC well and has crossfire, etc...

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Spork™ Nov 10, 2011 07:23 AM Reply | Bookmark
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If you want to upgrade to OC then I would suggest a different board.

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