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Do I need to upgrade to run and overclock FX8320

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August 10, 2013 10:29:33 AM

My current system is:
CPU: AMD FX6100 @ 3.9Ghz
CPU cooler: Antec Kuhler 920
Mobo: Asrock 990Fx extreme 3
RAM: 2x4Gb Corsair Vengeance @ 1600Mhz
GPU: MSI 7870 Ghz edition
PSU: Antec 750W 80+ Bronze edition

I am planning on replacing my CPU to an FX8320 however i want to be able to overclock the 8320. I have been doing a little research and found a few people on forums saying the Asrock mobo is not good for overclocking so i was wanted to know if i should replace my mobo while i am replacing my CPU. Im not really too fussed about the price of the new motherboard, will just have to save a little longer, as long as it provides fairly easy overclocking and is stable but at the same time i would like to avoid buying a new mobo if possible.

Any help would be really appreciated and try not to make the language too technical i am still new to the PC world :) 
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August 10, 2013 11:51:33 AM

An overclocked FX 8320 will throttle with your motherboard.
In other words, yes you would need a better motherboard.
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August 10, 2013 2:32:13 PM

Uther39 said:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme3/?cat=CPU

According to Asrocks website that board fully supports the 8320, but as to it being a good mobo for OCing i can not comment i can however guide you in the right direction for the best bang for buck Ocing mobo out there...

Gigabyte Motherboard GA-990FXA-UD3(rev. 4.0)
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...




Thanks for the quick reply guys. I have heard alot of great things about the gigabyte UD3 is it worth getting ther UD5 or UD7? I would like the invest a little more this time round to be a bit mroe future proof later on down the line
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August 10, 2013 10:44:02 PM

Overclocking performance is mostly based on the power phase design of the board. This feature ensures stable and clean delivery of power to the CPU and memory.

The idea is to have enough power channels so as not to create congestion, power waste, power bottlenecking, electric collisions, etc. Most of all, when there are more channels, there will be enough power delivered real-time when the CPU demands more power when overclocked.

Asrock 990fx extreme 3 has the old power phase design of 4+1. 4 channels going to CPU and 1 channel to the memory.

For overclocking, 4+1 is not enough. it has to be 8+2. 8 channels to the CPU and 2 channels to the memory.

Read on:

http://www.overclock.net/t/891696/a-short-power-phase-d...
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August 11, 2013 12:00:32 AM

javathedot said:
Overclocking performance is mostly based on the power phase design of the board. This feature ensures stable and clean delivery of power to the CPU and memory.

The idea is to have enough power channels so as not to create congestion, power waste, power bottlenecking, electric collisions, etc. Most of all, when there are more channels, there will be enough power delivered real-time when the CPU demands more power when overclocked.

Asrock 990fx extreme 3 has the old power phase design of 4+1. 4 channels going to CPU and 1 channel to the memory.

For overclocking, 4+1 is not enough. it has to be 8+2. 8 channels to the CPU and 2 channels to the memory.

Read on:

http://www.overclock.net/t/891696/a-short-power-phase-d...


Thanks alot for the info. Not only does it help me choose a board to buy now, but also what to look for when purchasing future boards. Also helps explain some issues im having with my CPU atm. Thanks a bunch
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August 11, 2013 12:23:02 AM

Welcome. Don't forget to choose the solution for your topic.
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