I've been hearing not so great things about the stock 1366 backplate and cooler and am wondering if I should just go ahead and pony up for an aftermarket heatsink. I'm assuming I can't reach a huge overclock on the 1333 RAM I selected, and am fine with that as I don't think my case will have great airflow right off the bat. Maybe a target OC of 3.5 ghz. I also am curious as to whether anyone knows if any of my RAM slots will be obstructed by the HSF's I'm considering below.
Ok thanks. Am I wrong in thinking that since I'm using 1333 ram and not 1600 that I wouldn't be able to reach anything above 3.5 ghz if I set my bclk to 167? (167*21=3.5 ghz cpu oc and 167*8=1333 mhz) From my limited understanding you can change the mem multiplier to 6 and reach 4.2 ghz cpu overclock safely (200 bclk * 21 and 200*6 = 1200 mhz ram speed). However, what are the side effects of changing the base memory multiplier from 8 to 6?
That link is really helpful...thanks for the advice.
I don't plan on jumping into the deep end immediately. I'm just trying to figure out what to expect with the hardware I selected and making sure I have some OC headroom. First things first, I'm just going to use the stock intel HSF so I can see how that functions and have some temps to compare a future aftermarket HSF against.