I have recently acquired an i7 3770K processor (for $230 at MicroCenter(!)), and I plan on overclocking it once I get my CPU fan (A Cooler Master HYPER 212 EVO). What kind of clock speeds do you think I should expect? Anything above 4.5, while maintaining acceptable temperatures?
i would say you could get it too 4.4GHz if not definitely 4.3GHz. i have mine at 4.2GHz and it doesn't get passed 65c with a hyper212+ after 6 hours of testing with prime 95. by then the room was probably 40c because it's very small and i had the door and window closed so that definitely affected my temps. i couldn't breathe when i walked in.
Don't mess with memory just yet,keep it at default clocks or finding what is causing OC failure becomes messy.
It depends alot on your ambient temperature,your case air flow including fans and motherboard potencial.
The PSU is more than enough.
Furthermore,every chip is different so you may achieve more or less OC with different Vcore values.Make sure you increase the multiplier in increments of 1 and test throughly if the system is stable.Also keep in mind that temperatures are low now so in the spring or summer the OC will cause you system to overheat.