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What is the cheapest motherbaord able to overclock a fx8320 and 7950 3gb

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October 23, 2013 5:47:12 AM

So yeah, i plan on getting the 8320 but will a m5a78 motherboard be enough to overclock it, or do i need a gigabyte 970a? Help ASAP would be great

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a b K Overclocking
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October 23, 2013 6:28:34 AM

Yes, you can overclock on that board, but why would you? You are buying current tech (8320 and 7950) that will be limited with the older chipset on the M5A78.

I'm guessing your rig will be for gaming. Even though AMD does not have pci-e 3 support (at least to my knowledge), I would think you would want a board that at least gets you to a point where you can fully utlitize the features of your cpu and gpu.

My suggestion would be to look at a 970 or 990 board that has decent power phases that will support decent o/c without going up in smoke. ASrock extreme 4, Asus EVO come to mind as do the Gigabyte UD3-4.

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October 23, 2013 9:29:06 AM

markwp said:
Yes, you can overclock on that board, but why would you? You are buying current tech (8320 and 7950) that will be limited with the older chipset on the M5A78.

I'm guessing your rig will be for gaming. Even though AMD does not have pci-e 3 support (at least to my knowledge), I would think you would want a board that at least gets you to a point where you can fully utlitize the features of your cpu and gpu.

My suggestion would be to look at a 970 or 990 board that has decent power phases that will support decent o/c without going up in smoke. ASrock extreme 4, Asus EVO come to mind as do the Gigabyte UD3-4.

Mark

What would you say to this motherboard regarding compatability with the cpu and stuff:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GA-970A-UD3-SKT-AM3-Mo...

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 SKT-AM3+ Motherboard
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a b K Overclocking
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October 23, 2013 9:40:57 AM

That will work fine and has enough power regulation to overclock.

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October 23, 2013 10:34:41 AM

markwp said:
That will work fine and has enough power regulation to overclock.

Mark

Okay, thanks, but to overclock to 4.0ghz will i need a cpu cooler? The reason i was thinking about a 6350 instead of the 8320 was because it comes with an aftermarket cpu cooler whilst the 8320 doesnt, what would you recommend
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a b K Overclocking
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October 23, 2013 12:55:58 PM

The 8320 runs 4ghz in stock configuration (turbo mode). The 6350 runs 3.9ghz. No overclocking is needed.

If you plan to overclock, you will definately need an aftermarket cooler for either. I don't believe the 6350 comes with an "aftermarket cooler" - the retail version of both cpu's come with the stock AMD cooler which is ok as long as you do not overclock.

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October 23, 2013 4:47:45 PM

markwp said:
The 8320 runs 4ghz in stock configuration (turbo mode). The 6350 runs 3.9ghz. No overclocking is needed.

If you plan to overclock, you will definately need an aftermarket cooler for either. I don't believe the 6350 comes with an "aftermarket cooler" - the retail version of both cpu's come with the stock AMD cooler which is ok as long as you do not overclock.

Mark

Okay one last thing before I give you best answer. How would I put it in turbo mode, do I need a special program or is it as easy as clicking turbo CPU. Also what would your recommend to keep a gpu being overclock we cool? Could I just take off the side of the case and our a desktop fan to blow into it?
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a b K Overclocking
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October 24, 2013 5:29:25 AM

Nothing is required of you for turbo - it is automatic. The increase is small compared to manual overclock, and the stock cooler will handle the increased load. Personally, I do not recommend leaving the side cover off - it's too easy for an accident to happen and it invites dust accumulation. You would be much better off to have good case ventilation such as 2 x 120mm intake and 1 x 120 mm exhaust fans.

If you decide you want to manually overclock, then yes you will need an aftermarket cooler. I would suggest a Hyper 212 EVO or Xigmatek GAIA. If you decide to go this route note that you should buy low profile ram up front as the ram with tall heat spreaders tend to interfere with air coolers.

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October 24, 2013 8:14:23 AM

markwp said:
Nothing is required of you for turbo - it is automatic. The increase is small compared to manual overclock, and the stock cooler will handle the increased load. Personally, I do not recommend leaving the side cover off - it's too easy for an accident to happen and it invites dust accumulation. You would be much better off to have good case ventilation such as 2 x 120mm intake and 1 x 120 mm exhaust fans.

If you decide you want to manually overclock, then yes you will need an aftermarket cooler. I would suggest a Hyper 212 EVO or Xigmatek GAIA. If you decide to go this route note that you should buy low profile ram up front as the ram with tall heat spreaders tend to interfere with air coolers.

Mark


ey, i am just getting back to you to let you know i am deciding to go with the m5a99x board :) 
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a b K Overclocking
a c 102 V Motherboard
October 24, 2013 4:14:37 PM

No problem. That's a good board also.

Please close the thread if you are done.

Good luck!

Mark
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October 25, 2013 8:08:54 AM

markwp said:
No problem. That's a good board also.

Please close the thread if you are done.

Good luck!

Mark


There, gave you best answer :)  Thanks a lot man! But one last thing, what exactly is a chipset? I heard people saying its the luck of the draw whether its good or bad but what exactly is it and what doe it do?
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a b K Overclocking
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October 25, 2013 1:37:31 PM

The chipset is the component on the motherboard that acts as an interface between the cpu and the rest of the board for the transfer of data. As cpu's, gpu's, motherboards, etc become more complex, the chipset grow in complexity to handle the additional information passed around between the components.

Luck of the draw does NOT apply to chipsets. That term is used in conjunction with cpu's. Some cpu's of the same brand (for instance your fx8320) will be faster or slower when overclocked than others of the exact same type. The "luck of the draw" refers to "man, I got a great (or crappy) chip - it overclocks like all getout (dog stuff).

Kinda like nature - every once in a while, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn.

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