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Okay so I built my gf a PC recently, and I'm thinking about possibly exchanging the motherboard I got. I got an Asrock Z77 Pro4-M. Is that a good enough board? I have a i7-3770k @ 4.3ghz, no voltage change necessary. Should I stick with what I have, or should I hurry up and exchange for a more reputable board?

And what about this Ram. Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600mhz It was too much of a great price to pass up....so I got two for her (she's heaving in rendering and what not). In my opinion, Ram is Ram. Not too much of a difference, and I got these because they're pretty low profile so they don't interfere with the CPU heat sink.

any opinions??? thanks in advance!
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You can clock up to 4.4-5 with the board...idk about the RAM..
 
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You can clock up to 4.4-5 with the board...idk about the RAM..

Limited to 4.4-4.5ghz? I'm not too worried about pushing it any further, it's OC'd and stable, so i'm happy about that, an extra 200 mhz won't mean a hill of beans to her.
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Anything wrong with the ram I posted??
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post #5 of 10
nothing is wrong with the ram.

its nothing great, but it is ram none the less.
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Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

Okay so I built my gf a PC recently, and I'm thinking about possibly exchanging the motherboard I got. I got an Asrock Z77 Pro4-M. Is that a good enough board? I have a i7-3770k @ 4.3ghz, no voltage change necessary. Should I stick with what I have, or should I hurry up and exchange for a more reputable board?
And what about this Ram. Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600mhz It was too much of a great price to pass up....so I got two for her (she's heaving in rendering and what not). In my opinion, Ram is Ram. Not too much of a difference, and I got these because they're pretty low profile so they don't interfere with the CPU heat sink.
any opinions??? thanks in advance!

I'd say your board is fine... especially since you are happy where you are at an don't want to push it any further. If do want more of an extreme overclock then I would at least test the board to see how far it will push your chip. biggrin.gif

As for the ram it's fine. Ram speeds don't affect 1155 chips as much as they did some platforms in the past. What you have there is very standard and exactly same specs as the memory I am running. Crucial is a reputable brand and like you said, ram is ram.
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Should I bother doing some sort of torture tests. I just hate hearing of people that have their mobos crap out on them a month later
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Personally yes I think you should do stability tests. WHich ever program you prefer. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can chime in on which one might stress the mobo more but correct me if I'm wrong they don't really stress the mobo, they stress the cpu. In theory it would stress the mobo a bit because it puts it to work while OCing.

I'd rather have it crap out sooner then later if it ever were to crap out.
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Personally yes I think you should do stability tests. WHich ever program you prefer. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can chime in on which one might stress the mobo more but correct me if I'm wrong they don't really stress the mobo, they stress the cpu. In theory it would stress the mobo a bit because it puts it to work while OCing.
I'd rather have it crap out sooner then later if it ever were to crap out.

well, ran hyperpi while installing borderlands 2 from a USB external drive to my C drive, then rendered a scene in AutoDesk 3ds at some 4k by 3k resolution with maximum precision......

I'd say that's a pretty good test?
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I would prefer Prime95 blend test.
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