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January 29, 2013 11:17:58 AM

What is the best motherboard for overclocking the 3930k? i'm getting 46GB of RAM and the Noctua d-14. could you tell me what motherboard and why please?

I want to overclock to something like 4.8Ghz... can I get it to 5Ghz? how much power would I need?
January 29, 2013 11:32:50 AM

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7

The Intel Core i7 CPU world record holder at 7.102GHz.
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January 29, 2013 11:34:18 AM

MatildaPersson said:
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7

The Intel Core i7 CPU world record holder at 7.102GHz.

The 3930k is a Socket 2011 CPU.
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January 29, 2013 11:34:36 AM

Ob, but that's 2011, isn't it.

In that case, I have no idea. I don't really like the 2011 series.

You could just get the 3770K and use that board! :p 
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January 29, 2013 11:35:14 AM

COLGeek said:
The 3930k is a Socket 2011 CPU.

You beat me to it!

Also, less RAM = easier overclocking. Just something to think about.
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January 29, 2013 12:15:21 PM

really?! if I get less ram I can overclock the CPU easier? Why?
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January 29, 2013 12:18:30 PM

TheCheeseling said:
really?! if I get less ram I can overclock the CPU easier? Why?

Because populating all of your memory slots requires more power and puts more stress on your overall system. I do not recommend OCing your memory. OCing your CPU and GPU will yield the greatest results. A poor OC of memory can lead to an unstable system and the gains minimal (when compared to those gained by the CPU/GPU).
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January 29, 2013 12:18:50 PM

COLGeek said:
46GB of memory? Do you mean 64GB?

Here is a mobo for your consideration. Of course, there are several that are very over-clockable:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I suggest you get a quality PSU (Seasonic or Corsair), like this one as well:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What other components do you intend to use?


here's my build

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Agu4

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($419.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($162.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2631.61
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January 29, 2013 12:19:28 PM

so that MoBo is the best? there isn't one just as good that might be a little cheaper?
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January 29, 2013 12:26:50 PM

COLGeek said:
Because populating all of your memory slots requires more power and puts more stress on your overall system. I do not recommend OCing your memory. OCing your CPU and GPU will yield the greatest results. A poor OC of memory can lead to an unstable system and the gains minimal (when compared to those gained by the CPU/GPU).


so If i want to OC the CPU/GPU and still have 64GB of RAM then i get a high Watt PSU?
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January 29, 2013 12:40:39 PM

You don't need a super high-wattage PSU, you need one that provides stable "quality" power. That is why I recommended the Seasonic that I linked earlier.

Going with SLI GTX 670s and OCing, you should consider stepping up to a slightly stronger PSU, like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another, slightly cheaper mobo that would do well is:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 29, 2013 12:43:29 PM

If you want to be the most efficient you can, you could get a PSU that supplies a little less than twice the power that you require. Although they all differ in the details, every PSU on the market is most efficient at 50% load.

Just from a pure, best in slot scenario.
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