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Good motherboard to OC i5 3570k?

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January 6, 2013 12:01:32 PM

I will be using my computer mostly for gaming
I'm going to use this cooler: CM Hyper 212 Plus
I want to be able to easily OC around 4.2Ghz

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January 6, 2013 7:45:40 PM

You can overclock a 3570, but you'll have to do it with the host clock which I highly recommend NOT doing on any 1155 motherboard.

I will vote the Hyper212+ as well, but I'll also recommend getting another fan for it, or if you feel froggy; two really good performance fans for even better performance.

I also vote for the ASRock models and MSI models as well. Most boards will easily do 4.2Ghz, just remember to make sure if you DO get a 3570k, that you get a motherboard that is compatible with the Ivy Bridge processor from the start.
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January 6, 2013 11:01:31 PM

Sorry, I actually meant the 3570k.
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January 9, 2013 1:16:14 AM

id never get a biostar. if they dont know where to put a usb3 header on a motherboard, they dont build good motherboards. putting it right above a pci-e slot is the worst thing you can ever do

the msi doesnt do SLI
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January 10, 2013 4:27:09 AM

You should check the recent toms Z77 motherboard roundup article... Any of those will do.

I highly recommend Gigabyte, and admittedly a Gigabyte fanboy. They are easy to use, and hard to break.

Got my GA- Z77X -D3H for 115$ after rebate on Amazon (although I think the prices went up a bit). My 3570K is running nice and happy @4.3GHZ with a CM212 EVO cooler (which is worth the additional 5$, I might add)

Whatever you do, DO NOT by a H77 board - or you can forget about overclocking. Get a reputable brand Z77. I hear Biostar, ASRock, Asus are all pretty good brands.

That said, as aforementioned - I always buy Gigabyte and have not been disapointed with any of my builds.

Edit : My Gigabyte Z77X also came with revision 1.1 and the latest F15 Bios - that was the icing on the cake ;) 
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January 10, 2013 8:15:34 PM

I have the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 with my 3570k and the Hyper 212 Evo (Single fan) and I have mine running stable at 4.5Ghz, with maximum temps at full load 62c and idle at 26c.
It's not the best MoBo for extreme OC'ing but if you only want to go up to 4.5/4.6 then it will be more than good enough. And +1 for the 212 Evo, it's brilliant =)
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January 10, 2013 9:30:14 PM

i dont know why anyone would get a sabertooth for the faux features it offers such as thermal armour that traps heat
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January 10, 2013 10:47:58 PM

I recommend you get ASRock Z77 Extreme4 because its cheap, supports CF/SLI in x8 speeds (16x single), lot of rewards including Toms Hardware Tom’s Hardware Approved Award and I use it, its a pretty good motherboard, didn't have a single problem with it yet. :) 
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January 11, 2013 12:04:34 AM

Im using the ASRock pro4 and its a great board. Im not goin to run more than one card so i chose this board. The bios is super easy to use and you'll be able to achieve your desired oc in no time at all. I also love gigabyte boards, ive always had great luck with there boards and gpus.
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January 11, 2013 9:08:10 PM

I am also using the ASRock Pro 4. It's a cheap board that offers GREAT results. I am at a stable overclock of 4.2 GHz on the stock heatsink (my desired Hyper 212 wont fit). I have used this board in 2 other gaming rigs for friends and it is wonderful.
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January 11, 2013 9:23:18 PM

haswell5271 said:
I am also using the ASRock Pro 4. It's a cheap board that offers GREAT results. I am at a stable overclock of 4.2 GHz on the stock heatsink (my desired Hyper 212 wont fit). I have used this board in 2 other gaming rigs for friends and it is wonderful.



Im at 4.0ghz on the stock cooler. What was the clearance issue? Was it your ram or the case you have, because thats the cooler that im looking to buy here soon so i can further push this cpu?
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January 12, 2013 6:06:45 PM

Yeah, ASrcok made great boards for IB, If you are not going to use more than 1 card get the pro, if you are going to use 2 or more cards pay a little extra and get the extreme edition.
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January 12, 2013 7:13:01 PM

gigabyte makes better boards. especially when you compare their power delivery solutions
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January 13, 2013 12:21:04 AM

Id like to get the up7 gb board but it's too pricey lol
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January 13, 2013 12:44:56 PM

the up7 is just overkill for anyone unless you do full watercooling or LN2
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January 13, 2013 8:56:02 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the up7 is just overkill for anyone unless you do full watercooling or LN2


Agree, there is little reason to buy more than the Z77 DS3 or the UD3H, unless you are connecting a boatload of peripherals, or you are going for a high end watercooler 5GHZ type system. For most people, the performance gains aren't worth the extra hundreds of dollars.
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