Originally Posted by jcrew3002
Trying to overclock reminded me of why I don't like overclocking.. I tried a few settings yesterday and is it me or has overclocking gotten much more complicated than it was a few years ago ( think AMD Athlon XP 2400 ). I tried a lot of settings! My FSB won't go to 300 Mhz even with more voltage. I'm tired of removing my video card to get to the CMOS clearing pins after a failed boot. My days of overclocking are long gone I just don't have the patience for it much anymore, I'd rather spend more money on a system that I can run at stock or close to stock
I found that an upgrade to a 3570k and Z77 mobo will only run me $290 from Microcenter! I'm going to go with that option, I also hear that it's ultra easy to OC.. let's hope so
It's not that overclocking has gotten complicated, your motherboard just isn't up for the challenge. I have the same motherboard and there is good reason they give those boards away free with some Micro Center combo deals. It's not that they are terrible boards, they are just pretty low end and can't handle overclocking some higher end end AMD chips. They can overclock dual-core CPUs fine (I've OCed an unlocked Sempron to 4GHz), quad-cores very minor, and hexa-cores not really much at all. One of the main problems is the 4+1 phase VRM design that can barely handle 95W stock CPUs, let alone overclocking them.
I would actually say that overclocking has become insanely trivial with unlocked multipliers on all of AMD's FX line and Intels K series CPUs. Back in the day we only had the base clock to work with or FSB as it used to be called before we had onboard memory controllers. Intel's strategy here actually hurt them in the overclocking community because besides minor OCs via Turbo, Intel CPUs since Sandy Bridge cannot be overclocked much at all with the base clock. The reason being they created a universal clock generator that impacts the entire system, more so then even before. Intel still has the edge with a superior architecture and efficiency.
I have a i5 3570K and they are great chips. I'm sure you'll be very happy with it and you'll get a killer deal from Micro Center. Enjoy the upgrade. Also as I and others have mentioned, don't forget to upgrade your RAM, as 4GB DDR3-1066 will really hold back that Ivy Bridge chip.