What can I do to make CPU faster?

I currently have an i7 4770K @ 3.5 stock cooler with 8GB ram and a GTX 770. What can I do to make it perform faster?
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  1. Overclock it
  2. And add an good after market cooler!
  3. rolli59 said:
    And add an good after market cooler!


    +1 Yeah forgot it :wahoo:
  4. Presuming it is on a Z87 board as well!
  5. It's a ASRock z87 Pro 4 with 8 GB ram ballistix. I feel as if im not getting the performance i should be getting.

    1. are ballistix and the mb good?

    2. Will a Corsair H80i do the job for 4.0+ overclock?
  6. Yes and Yes!
  7. A $29 Cooler Master 212 Evo will get you 4.0ghz x 4
  8. You can clock it to 4ghz on stock. You just cant push the cpu usage too much. In other words dont do any video editing or high cpu usage type tasks.
  9. cyborgcity said:
    You can clock it to 4ghz on stock. You just cant push the cpu usage too much. In other words dont do any video editing or high cpu usage type tasks.


    Interesting response. I've been told not to OC to 4.0 on stock cooler. How would I go about doing this and what risks am I taking?
  10. I would not overclock AT ALL on the stock cooler.
  11. Would a H80i cool enough for 4.0 or 4.3ish GHZ? also all the slots on my corsair cx600m PSU are taken. I have a few splitters that aren't taken though.
  12. Yes but there are probably better coolers in that price range.
  13. Okay so I have an i7 4770k, @3.5, EVGA GTX 770, 8GB RAM Ballistix, Corsair CX600M PSU What do you recon I should get to increase speeds?
  14. Zent said:
    cyborgcity said:
    You can clock it to 4ghz on stock. You just cant push the cpu usage too much. In other words dont do any video editing or high cpu usage type tasks.


    Interesting response. I've been told not to OC to 4.0 on stock cooler. How would I go about doing this and what risks am I taking?


    People will tell you all sorts of things, at the end of the day the responsibility is in your hands. Programs like Prime95 and Intel burn are extremely unrealistic programs because they test your cpu at full usage. How often do you run 100% core usage in normal applications on an i7? Never. I haven't seen my i7 go over 50% usage and it will only do that when playing bf4 online on ultra. It usually sits around 20-30% in most games on full settings. In which case my temps are around 70 degrees with stock fan at 4ghz. Im not saying aftermarket coolers aren't useful, ive got a s12x on the way which I'd like to test out but you can overclock them with stock fan if you know what your doing.
  15. Can I OC without running any programs to see what the temp it runs at and then attempt to run the program I want and see what the temps rise to? Would it damage the processor if, the temps are high for the short time I run the program in case it is high?
  16. Zent said:
    Can I OC without running any programs to see what the temp it runs at and then attempt to run the program I want and see what the temps rise to? Would it damage the processor if, the temps are high for the short time I run the program in case it is high?


    No, your processor is programmed to shut off when it reaches dangerous temps, which is around 100 degrees I believe. If your gonna test your stability go with the intel burn test and set it to medium. You don't need to use a stability program though, it's just a more convenient way of testing stability. You can use a game if you wish. Just start small and work your way up. Most i7's are stocked around the 1 volt mark. So set your fixed voltage and work your way up. Start with 1 volt and increase in small increments until you find a stable clock.. Just make sure you measure your cpu usage and temps with HWINFO64 its a free dl which measures practically every piece of hardware on your computer. If you reach 80-90 it is ok just don't sustain those temps for any period of time. You can use HWINFO in game or you can window your game and run the two applications together side by side, to see cpu usage and temps...
  17. Hm well I'm going to the store soon and I want to come out with gear that'll make my PC run faster. What cooler do you recon?
  18. CM Hyper 212 EVO.
  19. rolli59 said:
    CM Hyper 212 EVO.


    I know that OC may vary but what has this coolr been known to OC to?
  20. 4.2-4.5GHz is common.
  21. CM Hyper 212, Corsair 100i, or 80i. What would be the advantage of having the corsair? Does it allow higher OCs? I'm assuming
  22. Higher if possible but at an extra cost and your board is not a upper class board made for max overclocking.
  23. rolli59 said:
    Higher if possible but at an extra cost and your board is not a upper class board made for max overclocking.


    Hm so what do you think I could possibly OC to on this MB and which cooler would be better for the OC i'll be doing.
  24. You can not beat the price of the CM and it is a perfect fit for mild to moderate overclocking which is all your board can handle. I have the older Hyper 212+ on a 3570K and have taken it up to 4.5GHz in testing.
  25. rolli59 said:
    You can not beat the price of the CM and it is a perfect fit for mild to moderate overclocking which is all your board can handle. I have the older Hyper 212+ on a 3570K and have taken it up to 4.5GHz in testing.


    I see. Quick question does MB affect performance?
  26. No (there is some base clock difference between boards that will affect performance just a little, fraction of a % in overall performance) not until you overclock and get higher clocks on one or the other.
  27. rolli59 said:
    No (there is some base clock difference between boards that will affect performance just a little, fraction of a % in overall performance) not until you overclock and get higher clocks on one or the other.


    Oh also, would I need a better PSU? I have a Corsair CX 600M, all the slots are taken on it.
  28. It will do fine although not my favorite PSU.
  29. rolli59 said:
    It will do fine although not my favorite PSU.


    Alright. I'll keep looking around and see if I can find any information on OC. Thanks :)
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