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First build gaming and oc

this is my first build, i want to game but i also want to try my hand with a little overclocking eventually. i was gonna go with an i5-3570k but i got an i7-3770k at microcenter for $220 and i jumped on it like a fat kid on a cupcake.

But i'm second guessing my motherboard selection, will this board give me stability to safely overclock my system?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1506.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 00:40 EST-0500)
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  1. omin_of_deat said:
    this is my first build, i want to game but i also want to try my hand with a little overclocking eventually. i was gonna go with an i5-3570k but i got an i7-3770k at microcenter for $220 and i jumped on it like a fat kid on a cupcake.

    But i'm second guessing my motherboard selection, will this board give me stability to safely overclock my system?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.20 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1506.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 00:40 EST-0500)


    I don't think you will need to overclock that machine for at least a year or two. But if you're still up to it, I would suggest this:
    1) google your motherboard in overclocking forums. see how well it does. Cpu and Gpu shouldn't be a problem.
    2) Pick Gigabyte gtx670 OC instead of MSI. A bit more expensive, but a lot better card, because of cooling and because it's OC-ed by default (but you can push it even more if you want :)) - own the card :)
    3) I've heard Cooler Master is not very good PSU. Try picking Seasonic (I think even 650W could serve for overclocking. Check on extreme power calculator (google it))

    Happy new year :)
  2. ^ There's nothing wrong with the MSI card. I always prefer MSI for video cards (Asus/Gigabyte for motherboards) because they are always reasonably priced and the Twin Frozr cooler is just awesome, cools well and quiet.

    I agree with you on the motherboard and psu though.
  3. but would i be served better with a more expensive motherboard or is the price point that i'm looking at reasonable for overclocking?
  4. Best answer
    That Asrock motherboard does have a good reputation for overclocking based on user feedbacks and reviews which you can just google. I wouldn't worry about it
  5. aiite sweet.
  6. Best answer selected by omin_of_deat.
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