I am 100% certain that this cpu keeps failing on me. I bought it once, kept crashing, so I sent it back for a replacement. Turn the new one on for a while, and it fails too. I called my technician & told him the situation, and the first thing he said was that my motherboard might not be able to handle it. This cpu's TDP is 95W, and my mobo's TDP limit is 95W. Assuming that I did NOT get a defective product twice in a row, I am considering that I may need to get a mobo with a higher TDP max. But I talked to an associate at Best Buy, and he is suggesting that my power supply may not be sufficient enough for this cpu. He suggested that I should get a psu with at least 80+ Bronze certification, and apparently the psu I bought does not have bronze. Who is right, and what must I do?
Edit: Apparently, Newegg will not even let me exchange this damn thing. In any case, would it be safe for me to try one of AMD's Deneb quad-cores? Those also have minimum 95W TDP, so I'm afraid I'll have the same problem, if the motherboard is the issue.
Ok, so I'm interested in the Gigabyte motherboard. But, and I'm sorry for being a lazy n00b...will I be able to fit all my current parts on this board without any compatibility/functionality issues? And more importantly, what is the max TDP of the cpu socket in this board?
I am assuming by mid size atx you are refering to your standard atx motherboards, as UATX and MATX are different, on that premise, yes the Gigabyte board is a standard ATX board and will fit, it is the maximum size you can fit in the chassis.
Ok, so I went ahead and tried the 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply, just to make sure the psu was not the issue. Sadly, it was not the solution. So a new motherboard it must be. But now I have another problem. The Gigabyte mobo suggested earlier will not fit in my current case. My current mobo is square at 9.6" x 9.6" , and there is very little space between it and the other parts. And the Gigabyte mobo is 12" x 9.6" . So now I have 2 options: buy a new case for the Gigabyte mobo, or look for a new mobo with the same dimensions as my original. Could someone please point me in the rigt direction for a new square mobo? Also, I need to make sure the new mobo has 125W TDP.
Finally, if possible, I would like future-proofing for PCIe 3.0 GPUs. So, some suggestions for motherboards with PCIe 3.0 slots please?