I was wondering what the system requirements are for overclocking. My system is: I5 3570k, ASRock Pro3 motherboard, 8GB corsair vengeance RAM, GTX 770, Corsair CX 600 Watt PSU. I was hoping to overclock to 4.5 GHz. I know for a fact that I need a aftermarket heatsink ( any recommendations? ) but would I need a new PSU as well? Also, is my motherboard okay for overclocking?
Do you know which chipset your motherboard has? Some chipsets limit what can be done as far as overclocking, and a quick glance on Newegg.com shows ASRock Pro3 motherboards in about all the 7-series chipset varieties.
You may have a good motherboard, or you might not. However, your processor should easily reach 4+ GHz. I have my 3570k at 4.2 GHz on an MSI Z77A-GD55 board and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, and it idles in the upper 30s, with load temps in the 50s.