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MicroATX AM3+ mobo thats good for overclocking cpu?

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January 4, 2014 8:24:43 PM

Bought these components a few months ago and just recently added the 212 plus cpu cooler. This has been my first build so I'm sure I'm still pretty newby, but I'm having troubles overclocking my cpu and I'm pretty sure its because of the low phase and unheatsinked vrm. Didn't really know there was vrm when I purchased it, but now I'm considering changing boards so I can easily overclock my cpu and gpu. So, if there are any, whats a good board that could fit in my case (probably only takes matx) and is good enough to overclock to at least 4.5Ghz? The more cost conscious the better but I could go up close to 80 or maybe even higher if necessary. Thanks in advance!!

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Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $109.99 @ Newegg
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $27.97 @ OutletPC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-960gmu3...) | $53.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls8g3d1609...) | $66.99 @ Microcenter
**Storage** | [Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-internal-hard-dri...) | $82.02 @ SuperBiiz
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760dc2o...) | $239.99 @ Microcenter
**Case** | [Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200k...) | $44.99 @ Microcenter
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600...) | $49.99 @ NCIX US
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404) | $97.98 @ OutletPC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $773.91
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January 4, 2014 10:43:14 PM

pit_1209 said:
This is one of the good at that price point but you´re going to need a bigger budget for a really nonissues oc.

Asus M5A97 R2.0 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20 $84.99 @Newegg.


I might pay more but I don't think it should be needed just to get a 4.5 clock. Still not sure. And thanks for the suggestion, but my case can only support micro or mini atx boards. Although i might just put it in a less cool looking case I have lying around... if i have too
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January 5, 2014 8:41:29 AM

Link1478 said:
pit_1209 said:
This is one of the good at that price point but you´re going to need a bigger budget for a really nonissues oc.

Asus M5A97 R2.0 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20 $84.99 @Newegg.


I might pay more but I don't think it should be needed just to get a 4.5 clock. Still not sure. And thanks for the suggestion, but my case can only support micro or mini atx boards. Although i might just put it in a less cool looking case I have lying around... if i have too


That´s a bigger problem then, because just expensive m-atx boards support good oc and yes, you´re going to need a good board to oc to 4.5ghz with no problems in the future.

This is a good database to find a decent board for overclock.
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...

This is one of the few in the green list, but amd has just a few m-atx decent boards for oc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 5, 2014 9:56:45 AM

pit_1209 said:
Link1478 said:
pit_1209 said:
This is one of the good at that price point but you´re going to need a bigger budget for a really nonissues oc.

Asus M5A97 R2.0 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20 $84.99 @Newegg.


I might pay more but I don't think it should be needed just to get a 4.5 clock. Still not sure. And thanks for the suggestion, but my case can only support micro or mini atx boards. Although i might just put it in a less cool looking case I have lying around... if i have too


That´s a bigger problem then, because just expensive m-atx boards support good oc and yes, you´re going to need a good board to oc to 4.5ghz with no problems in the future.

This is a good database to find a decent board for overclock.
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...

This is one of the few in the green list, but amd has just a few m-atx decent boards for oc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ah I see. Shouldn't have gone with an matx case. Thanks though, thats a really helpful database. I might go with that board especially since it has IDE and I'm using an old optical drive, but I don't think I could use my current ram(1600) with it. Also it doesn't say it supports windows 8, but can you still run 8 on it? I'll check out the database some more for other possibilities. Thanks!
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January 5, 2014 10:18:51 AM

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January 5, 2014 11:30:31 AM

Link1478 said:
pit_1209 said:
Link1478 said:
pit_1209 said:
This is one of the good at that price point but you´re going to need a bigger budget for a really nonissues oc.

Asus M5A97 R2.0 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20 $84.99 @Newegg.


I might pay more but I don't think it should be needed just to get a 4.5 clock. Still not sure. And thanks for the suggestion, but my case can only support micro or mini atx boards. Although i might just put it in a less cool looking case I have lying around... if i have too


That´s a bigger problem then, because just expensive m-atx boards support good oc and yes, you´re going to need a good board to oc to 4.5ghz with no problems in the future.

This is a good database to find a decent board for overclock.
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...

This is one of the few in the green list, but amd has just a few m-atx decent boards for oc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ah I see. Shouldn't have gone with an matx case. Thanks though, thats a really helpful database. I might go with that board especially since it has IDE and I'm using an old optical drive, but I don't think I could use my current ram(1600) with it. Also it doesn't say it supports windows 8, but can you still run 8 on it? I'll check out the database some more for other possibilities. Thanks!


I think it will support windows 8, but don´t do any heavie oc on that mobo.
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January 5, 2014 11:36:42 AM

pit_1209 said:
Link1478 said:
pit_1209 said:
Link1478 said:
pit_1209 said:
This is one of the good at that price point but you´re going to need a bigger budget for a really nonissues oc.

Asus M5A97 R2.0 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20 $84.99 @Newegg.


I might pay more but I don't think it should be needed just to get a 4.5 clock. Still not sure. And thanks for the suggestion, but my case can only support micro or mini atx boards. Although i might just put it in a less cool looking case I have lying around... if i have too



That´s a bigger problem then, because just expensive m-atx boards support good oc and yes, you´re going to need a good board to oc to 4.5ghz with no problems in the future.

This is a good database to find a decent board for overclock.
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...

This is one of the few in the green list, but amd has just a few m-atx decent boards for oc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ah I see. Shouldn't have gone with an matx case. Thanks though, thats a really helpful database. I might go with that board especially since it has IDE and I'm using an old optical drive, but I don't think I could use my current ram(1600) with it. Also it doesn't say it supports windows 8, but can you still run 8 on it? I'll check out the database some more for other possibilities. Thanks!


I think it will support windows 8, but don´t do any heavie oc on that mobo.


Ya, i guess i botched things up when I went matx. I guess I'll run about stock for now. maybe upgrade in the future. Thanks for your help!
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