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I7-3770K only up to 1600??? New OC'er

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February 21, 2013 2:19:07 AM

Hi all, just bought a i7-3770K and the Asus Sabertooth z77. I read on newegg that the i7-3770K is only compaptible with Ram up to 1600? same with the Mobo, yet i read all the time about people OC'ing these with much high ram speeds. So can i buy lets say 1866 ram and get it to work? or am I going to be stuck to the 1600?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, I am new to this

Thanks all!

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February 21, 2013 2:26:06 AM

The IMC on the 3770k only supports up to 1600 natively; anything higher than that is considered "overclocking". If you buy RAM that's rated for 1866 MHz it should run just fine if you set it to the appropriate timings and voltage in you BIOS.
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February 21, 2013 2:28:43 AM

Well you could use higher grade ram though there really no point if it cost alot more just use 1600
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February 21, 2013 2:43:25 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Well you could use higher grade ram though there really no point if it cost alot more just use 1600


Out of curiosity why is that? I am new to this so I am trying to learn as much as possible.

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February 21, 2013 2:59:32 AM

you will notice if benching or doing certain ram heavy tasks. is the main purpose of this rig for gaming? if so, dont bother with the higher speed ram. but then again, if its just a gaming rig, you dont need an i7 either. Read up here this is a good article.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
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February 21, 2013 3:36:35 AM

bigcyco1 said:
you will notice if benching or doing certain ram heavy tasks. is the main purpose of this rig for gaming? if so, dont bother with the higher speed ram. but then again, if its just a gaming rig, you dont need an i7 either. Read up here this is a good article.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...


Its main use is for programming. I am a Computer Science major and my school requires us to work with engineers so I run some heavy engineer programs like MatLab and Solid Works, I'll also be doing my own programs written by me and my team, its why I went with the i7, handles the larger programs and MatLab better.

I will also game on it, just not all that much, BF3, Planeside 2, other steam games, diablo 3.

With running heavy programs will that speedier ram help out?

Thanks!
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February 21, 2013 4:01:36 AM

HBchevelle68 said:
Its main use is for programming. I am a Computer Science major and my school requires us to work with engineers so I run some heavy engineer programs like MatLab and Solid Works, I'll also be doing my own programs written by me and my team, its why I went with the i7, handles the larger programs and MatLab better.

I will also game on it, just not all that much, BF3, Planeside 2, other steam games, diablo 3.

With running heavy programs will that speedier ram help out?

Thanks!
Well in your case yes it would help out.
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February 21, 2013 4:11:45 AM

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