Originally Posted by justanoldman
Thanks very much to all who contribute here, very helpful and informative.
Unfortunately I am just an old man building his first computer (bought from custom builders before) and attempting to learn overclocking for the first time. Therefore I have what I assume to be rather stupid questions, and hoping someone can help me out.
Hardware: i7-3770k, Asus P8Z77-V Pro, Crucial 16gb (2x8) 1600, Corsair AX850, Antec Kuhler H2O 620, and I am currently using an old hard drive and just the motherboard video while I am waiting to receive a Crucial M4 256gb, and an EVGA 670 FTW LE. I have the latest bios of 1708.
I followed all the settings in the OP, but I also have iGPU Voltage and iGPU Offset Voltage, which are not in the OP so I left them at offset mode and auto. No idea if that is right or not.
Two first big questions are: which temperatures do I care most about? The CPU cores seem easy to watch with HWMonitor or RealTemp, but watching CPU temp seems hard because I am not sure which to look at and HWMonitor has a problem with my setup because it always spikes to crazy high numbers. Second question is that no matter what I set CPU Voltage to manually the computer always goes 2 to 3 hundredths higher. So a manual entry in bios of 1.24 means the voltage will be 1.25 to 1.27. What am I doing wrong?
Originally Posted by justanoldman
Just a follow up to my post above. I apologize if what I need help with are those things where you guys get annoyed and think, just look it up stupid. I have searched for the answers and found enough contradicting information that I was hoping to get some insight.
Also I don't understand how offset voltages works for you guys. I have my system set up at 100*44 for 4400MHz and cpu manual voltage set to 1.23 and it seems to be stable so far. The actual voltage used goes to 1.256 (thus my question in the first post as to the difference) and my 4 cpu core temps are staying below 80c while my motherboard and cpu temps (according to the Asus sensor recorder) are staying below 60c on Prime95. I don't know if those are where they should be but seems OK so far.
But when I change from manual to offset mode, keeping everything else the same, and pick a +.045 offset then cpu voltage spikes to 1.384 and my temps go way up. So I guess I don't understand how you can use offsets or I have something set wrong. Anyway, any help is appreciated.
I actually saw your posts last night, but went to sleep shortly after
First of all welcome to OCN
Secondly, there is nothing to be ashamed of nor are your questions "annoying" or anything like that.
Unto your concerns:
Now that iGPU thing, is on-board graphics on your i7 - it is useful, however when you get your GTX670 in, that iGPU will become absolutely useless.
The point for iGPU is to be used for people who don't have a graphics card, or have a weak graphics card, and thus need the on-board processing power of the intel i7's one, in order to run more optimally.
A few points to make here:
Usually iGPU would come in handy, but for people like you and me, with an actual graphics card, it is thoroughly useless.
So, if you have your GTX670 installed, I suggest disabling anything iGPU related - that also includes ignoring to install VirtuMVP from asus (as that will screw around with your graphics card) - virtu is a software designed to help FPS on the intel on-board graphics, and to save energy of your system, by re-routing certain low-level graphics things to your CPU rather than your GPU. Meaning your GPU (GTX670) can stay cooler. (I should also note that virtu isn't available for all boards, but it came with mine)
On to cooling: With iGPU, when being used, will consume a little bit of volts - now when OC'ing the last thing you want is a little more volts.
Don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with OCing with iGPU enabled, but if you don't need it, then why put extra volts inside?
Long story short disable iGPU when you get your GTX670 installed.
Now as Swag said, start with manual rather than offset.
As for your temps they are fine - but be wary of trusting that pesky ai SUIT II for motherboard temps. It is fine to an extent, but can give very odd readings like 127c for your motherboard temps.
Regarding your +0.45 offset - that's because you aren't working out the proper offset, nor know what your actual stable manual vcore is - thus with that type of offset, you might be hitting over 1.3v (if translated in manual vcore terms) and thus why you see a huge spike in temps.
As I'm sure you know, higher volts = higher temps
Hope that answers everything - and I'm glad the pictures are helping people.Note to Swag:
Would be useful to add to the list of prgrams in the OP:
Bluescreenview - very useful for knowing your BSOD and more so works in finding it, even after your BSOD has passed, and you installing the software AFTER the BSOD:
As you are using my BIOS in there, too - it might be useful to add my PC specs (ie "PC specs that were used for the guide" type thing)