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August 27, 2013 3:31:45 PM

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?

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a b K Overclocking
August 27, 2013 3:53:27 PM

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.

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a b K Overclocking
August 27, 2013 3:54:56 PM

Is that a Z77 Pro3 Mobo?
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a b K Overclocking
August 27, 2013 4:06:20 PM

Shouldn't have any problem overclocking with that motherboard. Just make sure you have decent cooling and you should get a good overclock.

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August 27, 2013 4:15:28 PM

OCing may add 100 watts or so to your PSUs load.

CX series is not one Id recommend for a OC'd system as it's been know to have voltage variations as high as 5%

As for heat sinks ya have various options ....

1. Custom Water Loops - can easily hit $500 - $1000

2. Custom Kits - $200 - $500
3 x 120 rad - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16071/ex-wat-211/XSPC...
2 x 140 Rad - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16551/ex-wat-217/XSPC...

3. Hybrid Type Kits (Closed Loops that can be "opened") like the Coolermaster Eisberg 240L Prestige - $125 ish
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Closed Loop ALC systems, almost all made by Asetek and marketed bu Corsair (H series) and Antec (Kuhler) $40- $125

5. Hi End Air coolers such as the Phanteks PH-TC14-PE, Thermalright Silver Arrow and Noctua DH-14.

6. Budget to Mid- Range Air coolers $30 - $50


The 1st three are very quiet.... category 4 is very loud .... 5 again is quiet and 6 varies

In your case, Id recommend:

$125 budget - Coolermaster Eisberg 240L Prestige
$80 Budget - Phanteks PH-TC14-PE
$30 Budget - Hyper 212
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August 27, 2013 4:49:23 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
OCing may add 100 watts or so to your PSUs load.

CX series is not one Id recommend for a OC'd system as it's been know to have voltage variations as high as 5%

As for heat sinks ya have various options ....

1. Custom Water Loops - can easily hit $500 - $1000

2. Custom Kits - $200 - $500
3 x 120 rad - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16071/ex-wat-211/XSPC...
2 x 140 Rad - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16551/ex-wat-217/XSPC...

3. Hybrid Type Kits (Closed Loops that can be "opened") like the Coolermaster Eisberg 240L Prestige - $125 ish
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Closed Loop ALC systems, almost all made by Asetek and marketed bu Corsair (H series) and Antec (Kuhler) $40- $125

5. Hi End Air coolers such as the Phanteks PH-TC14-PE, Thermalright Silver Arrow and Noctua DH-14.

6. Budget to Mid- Range Air coolers $30 - $50


The 1st three are very quiet.... category 4 is very loud .... 5 again is quiet and 6 varies

In your case, Id recommend:

$125 budget - Coolermaster Eisberg 240L Prestige
$80 Budget - Phanteks PH-TC14-PE
$30 Budget - Hyper 212


Thanks, i'll probably buy a 5 range cooler. What would you recommend for the PSU ( I don't have any plans to SLI so I do'nt need to future proof really )
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