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MoBo for heavy OC on a i5-3570k

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July 30, 2012 4:15:56 PM

Hey guys,

I am building a new high-end gaming rig and I have decided I am going to be doing a heavy overclock. You know those people with the i5-3570k's at 4.2 GHz? Yeah I want to be amongst them!

For a while I was looking at the Asus Sabertooth Z77 but, from what a friend who runs an overclock similar to the one I'm looking for was telling me, apparently Gigabyte boards are better for Intel OC.

Thoughts? Suggestions? What board should I look at? Is a 750W power supply good enough?

Here are my restrictions:

- Must have at least 2 USB 3.0 headers to match my case.
- Must have a PCI 3.0 slot (running a EVGA GTX 670)
- Must have a proper header for a SSD and at least 2 (preferably 3, 2 for a raid 1 for a backup drive but I can do without an internal backup) other HDD headers. (I forget what this is in SATA terms).

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July 30, 2012 4:20:21 PM

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70262

Was looking at this one but the price makes me think it might still be overkill (much like the Sabertooth was). Don't get me wrong, I'm more than willing to shell out whatever I have to to make the OC work, this is far from a budget machine, but I'd still rather not waste money.
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July 30, 2012 4:37:45 PM

Apparently your friend is wrong : )

Sabertooth Z77 is way to go. Its master overclocker.

With cooling like Noctua D14 u can get near 5GHz overclock.
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July 30, 2012 4:43:22 PM

Sweet, Sabertooth it is then.

That thing looks frigin amazing anyways, for an extra 50$ compared to a equivalent Gigabyte card near 5.0 GHz is sick.
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July 30, 2012 4:51:09 PM

Saber Z77 gives u total control. and comes with 5 years warranty.

It is heavy duty machine : )

Asus P8Z77-V has 75% that and will OC to the same level.

But with this CPU, u need to have decent cooling, if u want to get +4.7GHz
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July 30, 2012 4:54:06 PM

Ilnez said:
Sweet, Sabertooth it is then.

That thing looks frigin amazing anyways, for an extra 50$ compared to a equivalent Gigabyte card near 5.0 GHz is sick.

But 5GHz is running hot, so water cooling is good to have, one like this will do fine,.


http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12222/ex-wat-162/XSPC...

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July 30, 2012 6:06:41 PM

I'm really trying to avoid water cooling like the plague =/ I might just sit my OC at 4.5 GHz and use the Noctua.
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July 30, 2012 6:12:09 PM

"trying to avoid water cooling"

Why?
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July 30, 2012 6:28:00 PM

Paranoia about it breaking and ruining my pieces.
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July 30, 2012 6:37:52 PM

The fluid is not conductive.

And there is 100x bigger chance that your PSU will do it for u : )
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July 30, 2012 6:39:21 PM

If anything happens, it is mostly some dripping....

On the other hand, it runs cooler, so it last longer.
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July 30, 2012 6:50:44 PM

Hmm, what water cooling would you suggest?
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July 30, 2012 6:50:58 PM

I mean like the fluid to go in what you linked.
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