Preparing my system for overclocking, would appreciate some advice regarding the hardware


I am new to this website, I've browsed through the forums quite a bit and I noticed that the atmposphere here is quite nice, the community seems to be laid-back and helpful. Many useful advices and stuff. So I just signed up :)

I am planning to overclock my CPU, and I could really use some advice. Note: I am just starting out with this stuff, but I am dedicated to understand and learn more about hardware, building systems, overclocking, etc.

This is literally my first system that I did myself. I built it a little over a year ago. At the time I needed a decent PC, and needed it fast for college work, but also gaming. So it was pretty much a budget oriented build, but I still wanted to be able to do alot of gaming aswel. Because of that I grabbed a decent CPU and GPU .But for all other components, especially the case, mobo and psu I went for pretty cheap ones.

Over the last year, I kept upgrading my system and changing out the budget parts with some quality ones. Now I'm at the point where my system looks like this:

Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro4
CPU: I5 3570K
Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU: Asus GTX 770
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w
SSD: Intel 330 60Gb (for OS and programs)
HDD: External Seagate Expansion 3.5 1Tb (for everything else)

I marked my Motherboard and PSUin red, because these are the only 2 parts which I havent upgraded yet, and I'm worried about those.

I have next to no experience with overclocking yet, but I am gonna do my research on it before I attempt anything, and I want to make sure I get the right hardware for that purpose first. I dont want to go for anything too crazy, but I'd like to atleast get a solid overclock on my cpu. With maybe the option to only run it on winter (and its winters are pretty cold here in Lithuania), since I dont do much gaming in the summer time anyway.

My question is - what do you think about my mobo and psu? Are they gonna alow me to comfortably overclock? Does my PSU have enough watts for it in this system config, and is it gonna provide smooth enough power? Also it is not fully modular.. and I really want to get the bitfeenix sleeved cables for that sexy look lol :D. The mobo is very basic aswel, is it gonna be up to the task?

If not, what would you suggest changing them with? I'd like to know if I can get something better for those 2 components without spending an absurd ammount of money? My budget for those two would be up to $350

p.s the system is pretty much only gonna be used for heavy gaming.

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    Hi there and welcome to Toms!

    To dive straight in and answer your question, your hardware is great and will do just fine for overclocking. I have the exact same CPU and the Pro 3 version of your motherboard. The only difference is that I run an air cooler and I comfortably hit 4.4GHz and stay within 65 degrees c while gaming.
  2. On a side note, if you do want to uprgrade your PSU simply for modularity, I would suggest going with this one and if you really want to change your motherboard, then this one is a clear winner :)
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