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September 21, 2011 4:00:17 PM

Hey guys. New to toms, so be gentle. just wanted to know if anyone could recommend a good motherboard to replace the hp oem in my hp-410y.
i am wanting to overclock my 1045t to match my new gtx580 that is coming, as i assume the 2.7ghz factory speed will bottleneck that gpu. thoughts?
September 21, 2011 4:24:41 PM

I have been recommended to buy MSI 970A-G45 thoughts?
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September 21, 2011 5:55:45 PM

Well the biggest obstacle is going to be your old OEM stuff. You're going to need to, obviously, to replace your PSU for the GTX 580 + OC, but chances are IF reusing the case is fitting an ATX MOBO in your old case so measure - ATX Form Factor is 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm ). Most OEM cases only support mATX!!!

PSU Sizer -> http://www.corsair.com/psufinder/

IF you can fit an ATX then either the ASUS Crosshair V Formula or Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 are excellent MOBO's, support your CPU {AMD Phenom II X6 1045T} plus Bulldozer, and support SLI if and when needed.

Side-by-side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-509^13-128-509-TS%2C13-131-735^13-131-735-TS

IF you requiremnts are mATX:
AM3+ GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 21, 2011 7:33:43 PM

thank you jaquith, that leads to my next question, i did replace my psu for the 5870 i put in, but its a rocket fish 500w with 18a on the rails, is that sufficient for my cpu and gtx580? with or without overclock? the measurements on oem board are 9.5 by 9.5??
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September 21, 2011 7:56:19 PM

Below is a review I found online for that power supply:

Rocketfish 500W - This is a Huntkey unit, and there my knowledge ends. There is virtually no information about this power supply. I can determine from the fan grille and back plate that this is a Huntkey unit. However, with no close up shot of the back plate I can't determine which of their platforms it is. However, since the X7s are only 800W and 900W, I think I can safely guess that this is either a Titan Power, in which case it's mediocre, or a Green Star/V-Power, in which case it's absolute garbage. The retail price is $80; without knowing more, I wouldn't spend a plugged nickel on it.
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September 21, 2011 8:03:26 PM

Giga-Byte GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ is right down your alley.

And I believe there is a promo code/rebate on the Antec Earthwatts 650 -- that should get you some good clean power.

edit: EMCKAHK22 valid till 09/26/2011

After $20 rebate you are in for $40

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September 21, 2011 8:04:50 PM

Those measurements are mATX 9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm ), and if you have another 2.4 inches or more at the bottom then you can probably squeeze-in an ATX and most ATX really need 7 PCIe slots.

The minimum PSU you want is a 600W, and 650W is better, and if you OC both the CPU and GPU then 750W~850W. The 500W will barely work but after prolonged gaming the PSU fan might get load LOUD (noisy) from the load/heat. When I calculated it exactly the actual load wattage came to 473W at ALL stock. Now if that PSU is 1~2 years old then easily it could cause problems under load, as a PSU gets older it loses capacity aka 'electrolytic capacitor aging.'

This is the most accurate PSU Calculator -> http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power and you need to add everything: CPU, RAM, HDD(s), DVD, USB devices, Fans, etc = Actual Load Wattage then you need to factor-in Capacitor Aging i.e. 30%+ which minimally came to 600W. Make note of the 4 notations on the bottom.
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September 21, 2011 8:40:24 PM

so basically my psu is junk (not surprised came from big blue box store)
there is no room at all in the case below the mobo, it is tight on all sides
so ill go with the gigabyte board you guys recommended and find a good psu, the one that was listed for 40 after rebate should be sufficient?
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September 21, 2011 9:36:34 PM

PSU - I never said or would say 'junk', inadequately sized yep ;) 

We all have our favorites, and components we've had bad experiences with and I had (2) Antec's toast my GPUs so I don't recommend them.

IMO you get, to a degree, what you pay for, but 'I get budgets':
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 or TX750 -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-139-020^17-139-020-TS%2C17-139-021^17-139-021-TS

Otherwise I like SeaSonic, ENERMAX, and some Thermaltake and Silverstone.
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September 21, 2011 10:55:48 PM

ahh dont say that i just ordered an antec earthwatts should i cancel??
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September 21, 2011 11:25:39 PM

Japanese capacitors dont make or break a PSU. Antec earthwatts are good PSU's http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... review.
Just dont go spending $300 on a motherboard just to get an other 100mhz out of the chip, its not worth the money. Any decent brand 970 or 990 chipset AM3+ board is what you want.
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September 21, 2011 11:30:40 PM

Blow a PSU and you'll look at the world of PSU's a lot differently - real world. A GTX 580 isn't cheap -- hope it has a Lifetime Warranty {e.g. EVGA} ;) 

Since the OP has room only for a mATX the choices get limited really fast for AM3+.
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September 22, 2011 12:26:20 AM

Thanks guys for all the input. it helped tremendously. especially you jaquith, thanks again.
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October 2, 2011 4:27:41 PM

Best answer selected by axehammer.
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