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125w: Which one for this setup?

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October 28, 2011 4:10:41 AM

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core @ ~3.0ghz, GTS450 1GB, OCZ Fatal1ty 550w PSU, 4GB DDR3 1600 G.SKILL, 500GB 7200rpm SATA 3GB/s Samsung F3, 1680x1050 IN WIN Griffin mid case.

I'm kinda looking for the minimum to get the job done, not looking to make a huge investment in this mobo. 6GB/s is fine if the price isn't exorbitant. I think I'll go up to $100 max.

Does micro atx help with heat? Because I might OC the gpu and cpu. Bonus points if it supports a 6950 or GTX 560Ti but not necessary if it's cheap enough.

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October 28, 2011 4:29:44 AM

No, Micro ATX does not really help with heat. It does help with fitting into a small case but you listed a mid tower case (at least that's how i interpret it).

If you want the possibility of upgrading to an AM3+ CPU then one of these should do the job:

If your not concerned about trhat then here are some more good choices for Socket AM3:

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October 28, 2011 4:35:57 AM

ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $91.99

ASRock A785GM-LE AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $58.99

The first board is an outstanding board with a lot of features and will support any video card you want to put in it and it will also support crossfire/sli if you so choose to do that in the future. The second board is a micro board that will be a budget option and will get you started. I will say that you may want to get a little higher psu 650w would be good if you are thinking about a 560ti or a 6950.
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October 29, 2011 10:17:43 PM

If it isn't specially listed in green next to the product name, where can you see whether or not it supports 125w cpu's? And what is there really to look for in a motherboard?