I apologise in advance for adding another one of these questions to the forum, but I did check other threads and none awnsered my question so here it is.
I am building a brand new system with an AMD phenom ii x4 970BE CPU and a Gigabyte GA-890GBA-UDH3 Motherboard which requires an 8 pin input. I can't find any plausable 8 pin CPUs, so I was wondering what are my options and what is the best thing to do?
Once again sorry for asking I really don't want to muck this up.
No complications in the systems I have configured the same way. Some have said that if you are going to attempt heavy overclocking that the 8-pin power connection is preferable. Today's CPUs are pretty efficient so you should be good to go.
4 pin is for CPUs with less than approx 130 Watt power
8 Pin is for CPUs with > 130 watts power
Diff is that 8 pins decreases the current carried by an individual pin. 8 pins in parrallel have al lower I sq R loss than 4 Pins.
If have 8 Pin, better choice, But if only 4 pins then fine for CPUs less than 130 watts.
You could use 140W 965BE for example with a 4 pin connector, but you really want the 8pin connector especially if you're going to overclock it . the 970 is 125W so it will be fine even if you overclock it a little. My 955 c2 is a 125W CPU and it runs just fine with my PSU which only has a 4-pin connector